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Recent Reports 2018
COWAL: A Blackcap today in George Newall’s garden at Bishop’s Glen, Dunoon. A Kingfisher was at St Catherines today (Neil Hammatt).
TIREE: 3 Ring-necked Ducks (ad m, ad f, 2cy m) showing better in the sunshine at Loch Bhasapol at lunch-time – also 1 Coot there (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Little Egret still at the Add Estuary – near the Islandadd bridge (Fiona Dickson).
MULL: Cattle Egret still at Calgary machair today (Bill Allan).
TIREE: The 1CY Dotterel was at Scarinish again. 3 (ad male, female & 1CY male), Ring-necked Duck together at Loch Bhasapol – also 1 Coot there, 1 Little Egret flew east at Balephetrish Hill and landed at Loch Aulaig, a flock of 16 Jackdaws at Loch an Eilein barn, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 1m Pochard and 1 imm/f Greater Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A Coot was at Loch Skerrols – also pair of Pochard still present, 125 Whoopers, 19 Tufted Duck and an imm White-tailed Eagle which caused a massive panic amongst the geese, swans & duck (Mike Peacock).
MID-ARGYLL: A Waxwing at Black Lynn (between Tesco and Lidl car parks) in Oban early afternoon (Stuart Gibson / Jim Dickson). A male Blackcap and 3 Jays in Scammadale garden today (Bill Alan). A Brambling at Stonefield today (Anne Lavelle).
COWAL: A male Brambling on feeders at Millhouse.
KINTYRE: A 1CY Mediterranean Gull off Carradale Bay (Neil Hammatt).
TIREE: An adult Ring-billed Gull today in with the Common Gulls at Sandaig (John Bowler). Yesterday 8 Snow Bunting at Gott Bay (Steph Cope).
MID-ARGYLL: The Little Egret seen again at the Add Estuary this morning during WeBS count – also a flock of 310 Redwings near Barsloisnoch Farm (Jim Dickson). A male Blackcap was at Stonefield today (Anne Lavelle). Near Barsloisnoch 2 Greenland White-fronts have now appeared…nos less each year! (David Jardine).
MULL: The Cattle Egret was still at the Calgary machair yesterday – also a Jack Snipe seen (David Jardine).
KINTYRE: At the Kilmichael floods; 5 tundra Bean Geese in with 304 White-fronts, 150 Greylag and 49 feral Canada. Also, 241 Eurasian Wigeon and 45 Northern Lapwing there. (Eddie Maguire with Peter Nash / Nick Curtis).
COWAL: A good WeBS count at the Holy Loch today with highlights of – 4 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 242 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 78 Curlew, 1 Greenshank and 60 Redshank (George Newall).
MID-ARGYLL: An adult Little Gull was with other gulls at the head of Loch Gilp around 10am this morning (Jim Dickson). A 1CY Pomarine Skua was harassing gulls off Ardrishaig late morning (Steve Duffield).
MID-ARGYLL: Five Waxwings frequented the area of the Black Lynn (between Tesco and Lidl car parks) in Oban on 6th – 7th November (Stuart Gibson).
WeBS count on Loch Etive today was disrupted when a White-tailed Eagle arrived at the bay! Other highlights were two Kingfishers; one at Stonefield (Linne na Craige ) and one at Bonawe North Argyll. Also – at Inverawe a visitor reported a Little Egret earlier on the River Awe (Mike Harrison). A male Brambling at Keills today, by the gate to Keills House (John Aitchison).
ISLAY: Male & female Pochard at Loch Skerrols in with large flocks of wigeon & teal (Mike Peacock).
ISLAY: Just to add to yesterday’s haul of Egrets currently in Argyll – another Little Egret was at Loch Gruinart today. Also good numbers there of Golden Plover with 1,550 and 1,900 Teal on the floods (Mike Bell per Ian Brooke).
MID-ARGYLL: A Little Egret was at the Add Estuary this morning – opposite the bird hide (David Pearson/Jim Dickson).
No sign of the Great White Egret at Loch Ederline this morning.
COWAL: The Little Egret is still at the Holy Loch today (Alistair McGregor).
MULL: The Cattle Egret is still at Calgary – seen this pm (per Birdguides).
NORTH ARGYLL: A Little Egret was at Loch Laich this morning (David Jardine).
MID-ARGYLL: A Great White Egret was at Loch Ederline at 09:40 today then flew off west (Pete Creech). 2 male Black Grouse were at the Moine Mhor this morning (Fiona Dickson). Yesterday a Kingfisher was on the River Add at Dunadd (Malcolm Chattwood).
COWAL: At the Holy Loch today – Alistair McGregor reported – 1 Greenshank, 1 Knot, 1 Kingfisher and a Hen Harrier.
TIREE: 2 Long-eared Owls roosting all day in garden at Balephuil – also 1 Brambling there (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: Yesterday at the Machrihanish SBO – 18 Purple Sandpipers >S + 6 resting (Eddie Maguire).
KINTYRE: The Little Egret was still at Waterfoot, Carradale yesterday (Alasdair Paterson).
COWLAL: The Little Egret was still at the Holy Loch today (Alistair McGregor).
TIREE: A ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was at Balephuil today. Yeterday – 1 Jack Snipe was at the Reef and 2 Coot at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
COLONSAY: A Common Crane flew over Oronsay late afternoon today – also the Cackling Goose still present (Patrick Styles).
KINTYRE: A Little Egret was on the river at Waterfoot, Carradale today (Steve Redwood).
TIREE: 1 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap (1m,1f) at Balephuil today and yesterday: 2 Mealy Redpoll and 1m Blackcap at Balephuil, 30 Goldeneye at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
COLONSAY: On Oronsay the Cackling Goose was seen again today (Patrick Styles).
MID-ARGYLL: 3 Red Kites over the forestry SW of Ardrishaig, 2 came in really high from the NE, over Loch Gilp, and continued south, the other drifted south then back north late afternoon (Tome Lowe). A report (per Birdguides) of a Red-necked Grebe on Loch Etive, 2km east of Connel. Up to 5 Brambling were in the garden in Connel this morning (Mike Harrison).
TIREE: 1 Leach’s Petrel flying close in amongst the breakers at Gott Bay today – also 1 Grey Phalarope there (John Bowler).
TIREE: A juv Glaucous Gull was new at Loch a’ Phuill today. Also single Brambling at Balephuil and Balemartine (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: The Little Egret is still at the Add Estuary (David Pearson). 5 Greenshank together at north end if Scotnish this afternoon (Doug Menzies).
KINTYRE: On the ABC field trip to the Sound 0f Gigha today – highlights among 54 species noted included – a pr of Golden Eagle, strong passage of Skylark and Meadow Pipits, 800+ Greenland White-fronts plus 2 Barnacle Geese, 6 Slavonian Grebe, 10+ Great Northern Diver and 10+ Common Scoter.
COWAL: At the head of the Holy Loch on 26 Oct – 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and the Little Egret roosting with 8 Grey Heron (Alistair McGregor).
KINTYRE: At Strath, the Laggan on 24th Oct 5 Greylag Geese included a neck-collared bird from the Irish Greylag Geese scheme (Eddie Maguire). In Carradale – Alisdair Paterson now has 11 Brambling coming to his feeders and a record for there.
COWAL: Off Dunoon Crazy golf on 25th Oct – first returning Purple Sandpipers noted with 6 birds there (George Newall).
COLONSAY: On the Oronsay reserve on 24th Oct – 54 Greenland White-fronted Geese (15 juvs) – (Patrick Styles).
MULL: The Cattle Egret was still present at Calgary – to 25th Oct at least (Anand Prasad).
MID-ARGYLL: A Little Egret at the Add Estuary today (James Lehman) and possibly there yesterday as well. A Kingfisher at the head of Loch Gilp this morning (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: Seawatch highlights from Aird early morning included – 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua and 2 Manx Shearwater (John Bowler).
ISLAY: At The Oa reserve – good numbers of Redwing (800 min) and 200 Fieldfare today, also 360 White-fronted Geese, a Chiffchaff and 6 Brambling (David Wood).
Mull: The Cattle Egret was still showing near the graveyard at Calgary today.
MID-ARGYLL: A Coot was seen at Ulva lagoon yesterday (Ali Ross).
COWAL: The Little Egret is still at the Holy Loch (Alistair McGregor). A Nuthatch was at feeders in a Glenbranter garden on Sat 20th (Willie Harrison).
TIREE: A 1CY Dotterel at Scarinish – presumably same as bird there earlier in the month – (John Bowler/Andy Robinson). Also an imm Pomarine Skua off Aird during seawatch at first light (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: More Redwing about today in small flocks. A Kingfisher was at the Corran / head of Loch Gilp (David Pearson). No sign of yesterday’s Bonapartes’s Gull there today – 4 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Whoopers flew over (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: An adult Bonaparte’s Gull off the front green at Lochgilphead after 11am today (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: Another 1CY Mediterranean Gull at Machrihanish today – this time at the holiday park (Eddie Maguire).
COWAL: The Little Egret is still at the Holy Loch (Alistair McGregor).
MID-ARGYLL: Bill Allan saw 3 Brambling (2mm + 1f) in his Scammadale garden today.
COWAL: A Little Egret was back again at the head of the Holy Loch today (Alistair McGregor).
MULL: The Cattle Egret is still around – in the Calgary graveyard area today (Anand Prasad).
MID-ARGYLL: A Kingfisher was on shore at Crinan Ferry at 08.30 today then flew over to canal (John Halliday). Movement of thrushes over Cairnbaan heading SE with around 300 Fieldfare and 100 Redwing (Jim Dickson). A Kingfisher and a Dipper were on the shore just south of Ardrishaig last Sun 14th (Alan Dykes).
COLL: A Snow Bunting at Totronald the last few days (David Andrews per John Bowler).
KINTYRE: Alasdair Paterson had a Brambling and a Blackcap in his Carradale garden yesterday.
COLONSAY/ORONSAY: reports of a Little Egret at Loch Fada from 4th Oct – it has a broken leg (Margaret Keirnen per David Jardine). Also a (largish type) Cackling Goose on the Oronsay reserve today (Patrick Styles).
MULL: The Cattle Egret was still at Dervaig yesterday (per Mullbirds).
COLONSAY: Received a report today of a Kingfisher seen at Loch Fada on Thurs 11 Oct (Steve Bentall) – only one previous unconfirmed report of a record in 1945 (per David Jardine – Birds of Colonsay & Oronsay).
MID-ARGYLL: A male Pintail at the Add Estuary today – also tremendous views for 10 mins or so of ad White-tailed Eagle (David Pearson).
COWAL: Thousands of Fieldfares and Redwings arriving in Cowal today (Neil Hammatt).
MULL: A Yellow-browed Warbler was on Iona today by the Heritage Cafe with lots of Coal Tits, also 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap on the island (Tony Disley per Alan Spellman).
MID-ARGYLL: Feedback from several folk now appears to indicate an excellent breeding season for Bullfinch with good numbers widespread in Mid-Argyll at least. A Nuthatch has been an infrequent visitor to an Ardrishaig garden in last few weeks and a Magpie has been seen in the Cairnbaan forest at top of the road carpark up from Letterdail (Lynsey Gibson).
KINTYRE: Probably two different 1CY Mediterranean Gulls at Machrihanish SBO today – one on the shore at 11:02 and the one >S at 12:12 (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Carnan Mor this evening – also 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest there. 1 Chiffchaff at Balephuil. 1hr Sea-watch from Hynish (0745-0845hrs) in SSE7-8 with highlights of – 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Arctic Skua and 2 Storm Petrel (John Bowler).
MULL: The Cattle Egret reported at Dervaig on 12th has been re-found today at Calgary machair (Anand Prasad).
ISLAY: Highlights on Mike Peacock’s Loch Indaal WeBS count today included 32 Great Northern Divers swimming out of the loch at 16:00 and a Little Egret flying down the loch towards Nerabus. Also 2 Fieldfare on the Bolsay track.
MID-ARGYLL: John Aitchison reports seeing at Keills a flock of 35 Jackdaws (he’s never seen them there before) and upto 25 mixed Blue and Great Tits moving (migrating?) down the Keills peninsula today.
TIREE: The drake Pochard has moved to Loch Bhasapol today (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Highlight of today’s WeBS at the Add Estuary was a imm/f Pintail in the Wigeon flock. Also 8 Whoopers there (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A Yellow-browed Warbler in garden at Balephuil late pm (calling frantically) – also 1 imm Ring Ouzel, 5 Fieldfare, 70 Redwing, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 6 Common Redpoll, 3 Chaffinch, 1m Greenfinch and 1 Goldcrest there. 1m Pochard at Loch a’ Phuill also 11 Black-tailed Godwits there. 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatears, 18 Goldfinch, 1f Greenfinch and 1 Purple Sandpiper – Balemartine to Hynish (John Bowler).
NORTH ARGYLL: A Nuthatch at sunflower feeder today in Barcaldine (Doug Fontaine).
COLONSAY: A Hoopoe was at Seaview – Lower Kilchattan on Thurs 11th Oct – first confirmed record for Colonsay (Carol & David Paterson per David Jardine).
TIREE: 2 Brambling at Balinoe, 1 Brambling, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin, 3 Goldcrest, 70 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare at Balephuil. Also 100+ Whoopers over south 0830-1000 in groups of up to 24 and 280 Barnies over SW (John Bowler). 50 Greenland White-fronts and 5 Barnies over Vaul early on (Jim Dickson).
MULL: A report of a Cattle Egret today at Dervaig (per Birdguides).
MID-ARGYLL: 5 Fieldfare at Slockavuillin this morning (David Pearson).
ISLAY: Mike Peacock saw an adult Iceland Gull with other gulls today fly past Port Charlotte.
TIREE: 1 Ruff and 3 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill, 1 Wheatear at Hynish, 1m Blackcap, 5 Common Redpoll and 50 Redwing at Balephuil with 1 Water Rail in a garden pond there (John Bowler). 1 Wheatear at Heylipol, 1 Swallow and 2 Chaffinch at Vaul, 40 Redwing elsewhere around Tiree including 25 at Whitehouse (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A Grey Wagtail and male Hen Harrier here after the rain stopped this evening (John Bowler). A Brambling at Sandaig today in a flock of Twite (Richard Whitson). A juv Black-tailed Godwit at Barrapol (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: A female Brambling in Alasdair Paterson’s garden in Carradale today.
ISLAY: A Juv Little Stint was at Machir Bay today with Sanderling and Ringed Plover (Gary Turnbull).
TIREE: 1CY Red-backed Shrike still at Heylipol church for its 17th day! 1 Greenland Redpoll, 7 Common Redpoll, 1m Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chaffinch and 20 Redwing at Balephuil / Carnan Mor (John Bowler). More groups of Whooper Swans (including 18 dropping in at The Reef) and Barnacle Geese dropping in (33 in 4 groups), 1 Wheatear at Balemartine, 1 Swallow at Vaul, 32 Redwings elsewhere (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY; A Leach’s Petrel on the crossing back from Islay this morning – also single Arctic Skua and Manx Shearwater (Dave Lamacraft).
TIREE: The long staying 1CY Red-backed Shrike is still at Heylipol Church but looking very wet/bedraggled in the heavy rain…(Jim Dickson).
TIREE: At least 1,000 Snipe around the island in groups of up to 120. 1 Greenland (NW) Redpoll with Linnets at the Reef (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: Eddie Maguire reports that the regular 1CY Mediterranean Gull was at the Machrihanish SBO again today (see pics).
TIREE: A sea-watch off Hynish (8:10 -9:15) produced highlights of – 1 Manx and 1 Sooty Sheatwater, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Great Northern Diver, 780 large auks and 214 Kittiwakes (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: A report this morning of a Lesser Whitethroat seen in a hedge at Tesco fuel station in Oban (Dave Lamacraft).
MULL: A large family of Whoopers today at Loch na Keal (Mike Murphy).
TIREE: 1 Lesser Whitethroat still at Balephuil – also 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Redwing, 1m Greenfinch, 1 imm Siskin and 1 Chaffinch new there (John Bowler). 2 Greenland (rostrata) Common Redpolls, 2 Wheatear, 3 Redwing, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Swallow and 1 Chaffinch at Balemartine. 1 Redwing at Hynish (John Bowler/Jim Dickson). 1 Goldeneye at Loch Riaghain, 3 Pink-feet and 4 Barnacle Geese at Loch na Faing, 2 Coot still at Loch Bhasapol and single Goldcrests at Vaul and Cornaigbeg (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: 1 Lesser Whitethroat still at Balephuil – also 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcap there. A Goldeneye was new in at Loch a’ Phuill and 2 juv Black-tailed Godwit there (John Bowler). 1 Lesser Whitethroat still at the Glebe and a new Lesser Whitethroat nr Cornaig School (Jim Dickson). Several scattered groups (min of 40) of Greenland White-fronted Geese over S, also 52 Whooper Swans (John Bowler/Janet Hunter/Jim Dickson).
COLL: 2 adult + a juv White-fronted Geese arrived at Totronald today (Ben Jones per John Bowler).
TIREE: 1CY Common Rosefinch again at Balephuil – with 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1m Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Redwing and ca 20 Common Redpoll. 1CY Red-backed Shrike at Heylipol church – also 1 Willow Warbler there (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: A report from Bill Allan of a 1w Pine Bunting that visited his garden in Scammadale south of Oban on Tues 2nd Oct – essentially a Yellowhammer sized bunting with no yellow tones but showing a small white crown patch. The bird was elusive, and no photos obtained unfortunately.
TIREE: 1CY Common Rosefinch new at Balephuil this am – at times hanging out with a Lesser Whitethroat, also 20 Common Redpoll and 1 Goldcrest there (John Bowler). 1CY Red-backed Shrike still at Heylipol Church, 1 Scaup plus 2 Coot new at Loch Bhasapol and Lesser Whitethroat still at the Glebe (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: 3 House Martins and 2 Swallows today at Braevallich, Loch Awe (Alan Dykes).
TIREE: 1CY Dotterel new at Scarinish (Jim Dickson/Neil Hammatt). 1 Leach’s Petrel and 1 Sooty Shearwater west off Aird in 1hr from 0710hrs in WNW7 (John Bowler). 1 Jack Snipe at Hough dunes (Louise Bacon). 1CY Red-backed Shrike still at Heylipol Church and Lesser Whitethroats still at Balephuil and at the Glebe.
ISLAY: 2 Little Egrets at Bridgend merse opp. Whinpark today (Gary Turnbull per Ian Brooke).
TIREE: 1CY Red-backed Shrike still at Heylipol Church, 1 Lesser Whitethroat at The Glebe and another at Balephuil, 15 Barnacle Geese over Vaul Bay and a Snow Bunting at Hough machair (Jim Dickson/Neil Hammatt).
MID-ARGYLL: First sighting of a Fieldfare today was at the Moine Mhor (Alan Dykes).
TIREE: An imm Barred Warbler was new at Cornaig School today (Jim Dickson/Neil Hammatt). An early morning seawatch off Aird produced highlights of – an adult Little Auk, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver, 108 Manx Shearwater (Jim Dickson) and there this afternoon highlights of – 7 Great Skua, 59 Kittiwake and 18 Manx Shearwater (John Bowler). Also today 11 Pink-footed Geese over Sandaig, 1 Redwing, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Common Redpoll and 4 Goldfinch at Balephuil (John Bowler). 1 Goldfinch at Kilkenneth, 1 Willow Warbler at the Glebe, 3 Kestrels, 1 Merlin across the island, 1 Wheatear at Balephuil, 1 Goldcrest at Cornaigbeg and the 1CY Red-backed Shrike still showing well at Heylipol Church (Jim Dickson/Neil Hammatt).
KINTYRE: A well-attended Argyll Bird Club field trip to Campbeltown and Machrihanish Seabird Observatory produced a good list of species and some of interesting sightings. A female Long-tailed Duck on Campbeltown Loch and a party of 7 Whooper Swans on a lochan near Stewarton were unexpected highlights along with a 2CY Iceland Gull at Drumlemble.(Malcolm Chattwood).
TIREE: 1CY Red-backed Shrike still at Heylipol church today (Jim Dickson). 1 Redwing and 1 Chiffchaff at Carnan Mor, 1 Willow Warbler, 1m Blackcap, 12 Common Redpoll and 3 Goldfinch at Balephuil (John Bowler). Now 48 Tufted Duck at Loch a’ Phuill (Jim Dickson).
COLONSAY: Over Oronsay today 32 Barnacle Geese headed for Gruinart on Islay! (Patrick Styles).
TIREE: 1CY Red-backed Shrike back in the bushes at Heylipol Church this afternoon (Richard Whitson). 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 1f Blackcap at Carnan Mor, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 6 Common Redpoll at Balephuil (John Bowler).
COLL: Lots of Goldcrests have arrived on the island today (Neil Hammatt).
MID-ARGYLL: A Common Guillemot feeding around the fish farm at Braevallich, Loch Awe today (Alan Dykes).