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SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 : SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 updated 22 June
Recent Reports 2017
TIREE: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler was new in the garden at Balephuil today, with 4 Goldcrests and 3 Blackcaps. A 1 hr sea-watch at lunchtime off Hynish produced highlights; 4 Leach’s Petrels, 1 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skuas and 1 Balearic Shearwater (John Bowler).
COWAL: An imm/sub-adult White-tailed Eagle this morning on the shore at Strachur Bay (Iain Wilkie).
TIREE: The imm Pied Flycatcher is still at Carnan Mor/ Balephil today (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: 2 Slavoinan Grebes were off the tip off Taynish/ Linne Mhuirich today and a Jay and Blackcap nearby. Also 1 Greenshank, 60 + Wigeon, 20 + Teal and a m Peregrine at the Add Estuary (Colin MacFarlane). A sub-adult White-tailed Eagle was being chased by a single raven along the Meadows towards Cairnbaan this morning at 0830hrs (Blair Urquhart).
MULL: A Wryneck was spotted at the Balmeanach farm turn off, Gribun this afternoon (Mark Appleton & Terry Tiller per Alan Spellman).
TIREE: A small fall at Balephuil this morning after last night’s rain included: 1 imm Pied Flycatcher, 1 imm male Common Redstart, 1 showy Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Common Redpolls and 1m Blackcap (John Bowler).
TIREE: 1 Lapland Bunting on The Reef, also a Snow Bunting heading S overhead there (John Bowler).
COWAL: George Newall heard a Chiffchaff in his Dunoon garden today and also managed a photo of the Kingfisher from the Sandbank hide, Holy Loch.
MULL: A Red Kite was at Gribun Mull (Pete Hall per Alan Spellman).
TIREE: The Lesser Whitethroat is still at the Manse and 2+ Common Redpolls at the Glebe, also 4+ at Balephuil and 6 at Vaul (John Bowler).
COWAL: Kingfisher again at the Kilmun hide Holy Loch (Alistair McGregor).
TIREE: A Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 Dunnock at the Manse, Scarinish. 2 m Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler). 1 Goldcrest at Hynish and 2 Redpoll sp at Cornaigmore and 1 Ruff at Loch Bhasapoll (Argyll Bird Club group). 1 Ruff at Vaul (Mark Mallalieu).
TIREE: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper west of Loch Bhasapol this afternoon in with Golden Plovers – found by the visiting Argyll Bird Club group – they also reported a ‘near-adult’ Long-tailed Skua from the ferry between Mull and Coll. Also 1 Greenland Redpoll on roadside at east end of Traigh Bhi (John Bowler).
COWAL: A Kingfisher again from the Kilmun hide at the Holy Loch, also a Little Grebe from there and a Chiffchaff was heard (Alistair McGregor).
KINTYRE: A Little Egret is still at Kennacraig (Jim Dickson). At the Machrihanish SBO (15:00hrs) a flock ca. 120 Pink-footed Geese in off sea (Eddie Maguire).
MULL: A Turtle Dove at Treshnish NW Mull today (Anand Prasad).
TIREE: A sea-watch from Aird in NW7 from Aird (0700-0800) produced the following (all heading west): 1 juv Sabine’s Gull, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Storm Petrel, 2 RT Diver, 1 Great Skua, 2 Fulmar, 2 Arctic Skua, 25 Kittiwake, 82 large auk, 97 Manx Shearwater and 151 Gannets. Also 1 juv Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 juv Shelduck at Middleton (John Bowler).
ISLAY: Highlights today included – a Great Skua off Portnahaven, at Loch Indaal – 6 Arctic Terns, 1 Greenshank, 31 Common Scoters, 52 Wigeon, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Greater Scaup and a juv Black-throated Diver. At Craigens – a juv Whinchat and at Loch Gruinart – 2 Peregrines, an imm White-tailed Eagle, 2 ad Whooper Swans and a single Barnacle Goose (Jim Dickson).
COWAL: At Ardyne this morning – 4 Sandwich Terns and a single ‘Greenland’ Wheatear (George Newall).
ISLAY: Highlights today included a group of 7 Gadwall new in at Loch Gorm, a female Greater Scaup off Blackrocks, 5 Arctic and 1 Sandwich Tern off Bruichladdich and 2 Ruff and 2 Golden Plovers in off the sea during a sea-watch near Frenchman’s Rocks this morning (07:25 – 08:50) which included 127 Kittiwakes, 930 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Fulmars, 1 Arctic Tern and 2,100 large auks (Jim Dickson).
COLL: An imm White-tailed Sea Eagle at Sorisdale, Coll (John Bowler).
ISLAY: Highlights today included: 27 Common Scoters, 2 Greater Scaup, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Ruff, 2 Whooper Swans, 2 Barnacle Geese, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Arctic Terns, 3 Pintails, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 3 Sparrowhawks (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: A sea-watch at the MSBO 07:00-16:00hrs / light wind variable mainly WSW. All species >S. Gadwall 8, Northern Gannet 3 juveniles, Red-throated Diver 18 >S, Sanderling 60, Bar-tailed Godwit 8, Whimbrel 2 and the 2CY Iceland Gull was relocated nearby (Eddie Maguire & Jarrod Hadfield).
COWAL: The WeBS count at the Holy Loch today had highlights of a Kingfisher, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a high count of 13 Goosanders (George Newall & Alistair McGregor).
TIREE: A sea-watch from Aird in NW7-8 with squalls 0655-0825hrs produced (all heading W out of the Minch): 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver, 25 Great Skua, 44 large auk, 41 Fulmar, 49 Kittiwake, 230 Manx Shearwaters, 941 Gannet and 30 Golden Plover. Also, the 1w Red-breasted Flycatcher still in gardens at Balephuil all day, 2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Loch a’ Phuill, 1 juvenile Little Stint at Vaul Bay and 9 Black-tailed Godwits at Sandaig (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A sea-watch at the MSBO 07:00-19:00hrs (12hrs). NW 5 / light squalls produced: P-b Brent Goose 2, Common Scoter 5, Northern Gannet 2 juveniles (the first), Manx Shearwater 600, Leach’s Petrel 1, Grey Phalarope 3, Great Skua 4, Pomarine Skua 1 juvenile, Arctic Skua 2, Long-tailed Skua 1 juvenile, Black-legged Kittiwake 700+, Sandwich Tern 5, Arctic Tern 12 (Eddie Maguire & Jarrod Hadfield)).
TIREE: At Balephuil today there was a first-winter Pied Flycatcher seen this morning and a first-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher in the afternoon, both birds were being very elusive (John Bowler)
TIREE: A sea-watch from Aird in NW7 with squalls: highlights included – 1 Leach’s Petrel and 1 Pomarine Skua (John Bowler).
COWAL: A Kingfisher seen on the post from the bird hide on the Holy Loch this afternoon (George Newell /Alistair McGregor).
MID-ARGYLL: A Kingfisher was at Strone point near Inveraray (Hugh Nicol). 1 Whitethroat and 1 Whimbrel at Balviar, Seil today (John Sedgewick).
On Luing at Toberonochy – a juv Curlew Sandpiper and 8 calling Water Rails at Balvicar, Seil at dusk (David Jardine).
ISLAY: Highlights around Loch Indaal today included – a Ruff, a Whimbrel, an Osprey, 2 Brent Geese, a Long-tailed Duck, 2 Slavonian Grebes and at Loch Gruinart – 7 Knot and 2 Brent Geese (per Ian Brooke).
NORTH ARGYLL: An early report of a f/imm Goldeneye at Loch Creran during WeBS count (Robin Harvey).
KINTYRE: Eddie Maguire saw a juv Sabine’s Gull this afternoon passing the MSBO hide with other notable species including 2 Pomarine Skuas and 4 P-b Brent Geese.
TIREE: A juv Curlew Sandpiper was at Balephetrish Bay today and a juv Little Stint was at the Ruaig end of Gott Bay yesterday (Keith Gillon).
COWAL: A Nuthatch was on a bird feeder outside the new squirrel/ bird hide at Benmore Gardens (Janis Webster).
TIREE: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found at Greenhill this afternoon, also 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers at Gott Bay (Keith Gillon). 1 Lapland Bunting today at Gott Bay – first found there on 3 Sept by Keith Gillon and 1 Lapland Bunting calling in flight at Greenhill (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A 1.5 hours sea watch at Frenchman’s rocks – W 5-6 by Peter Roberts, Bob Davison and Mike Peacock produced: Manx Shearwater 997, Fulmar 23, Kittiwake 24, Shag 4, Cormorant 1, Auk sp. 29, Black Guillemot 3, Common/Arctic tern 1, Great Black-backed Gull 10, Gannet 339 + 150 feeding around rocks, Great Skua 7, Sanderling 12, Whimbrel 1, Diver sp. 1 and at long last – Storm Petrel 1.
MID-ARGYLL: In the Moine Mhor/Add Estuary area today – 4 Whinchats, 1 Whitethroat, 1 White Wagtail and an Osprey near the Islandadd bridge also 20 Wigeons, 5 Goosanders and 1 Greenshank at the estuary. At Loch Gilp – 13 Wigeons and 4 White Wagtails (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A Juv Curlew Sandpiper at Balephetrish Bay (Keith Gillon).
MID-ARGYLL: Near Barsloisnoch farm (Slockavuliin) – 45 Swallows and 4 House Martins. A male Blackcap was near the Cairnban hotel (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: At Machir Bay – 51 Ringed Plover, 11 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, a ringed dead Manx Shearwater was an interesting find – will send you the details when I get them back from the BTO, also 30 Twite and 2 near fledged Sand Martin chicks at the entrance to the nest hole (Mike Peacock). UPDATE ON THE MANX SHEARWATER – This bird was ringed by Bardsey BO as age 1st year, sex unknown on 05-Sep-2004 23:00:00 at Bardsey Island, Gwynedd, UK OS Map reference SH1121 accuracy 0, co-ordinates 52deg 45min N -4deg -47min W accuracy 0.
KINTYRE: Yesterday, a short distance east of Campbeltown Loch (from the Adrossan ferry) a Sooty Shearwater was in a large feeding aggregation with c.1200 Manx Shearwaters on crossing as a whole of which most were probably in Argyll waters (Graeme Garner).
TIREE: A Golden Oriole was at Vaul around mid-day (Keith Gillon). This is the first autumn record of this species for Tiree.
KINTYRE: The Little Egret (probably a first-year bird?) is still at the head of West Loch Tarbert and presumably moves to Kennacraig where there was an Osprey this evening. Also 10 Black-throated Divers were off Cloanaig (David Jardine).
MID-ARGYLL: 10 Teal and 9 Wigeon at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).
COLL: A Wood Sandpiper was circuling the bay and calling at Arinagour (David Andrews per John Bowler).
ISLAY: Off Frenchman’s rocks today: 1 hours sea-watching NW 3: Manx Shearwater 181, Gannet 201, Fulmar 29, Kittiwake 7, Shag 38 (on Frenchman’s rocks), Razorbill 17, Auk sp 15, Black Guillemot 1, Arctic Skua 1(dark phase) and a Sand Martin in off the sea (Mike Peacock/Peter Roberts).
MID-ARGYLL: A single juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was with Dunlin at the Add Estuary this evening (David Jardine).
MID-ARGYLL: At the Add Estuary/Loch Crinan this morning – 1 Osprey, 1 male Kestrel (first for a long time), 18 Redshanks, 12 Dunlins, 8 Ringed Plovers, 1 Knot and 6 Wigeon. At Loch Gilp – 6 Bar-tailed Godwits (Jim Dickson).
NORTH ARGYLL: Robin Harvey reports at least three separate broods for two pairs of Moorhens at Benderloch gravel pits.
ISLAY: Off Frenchman’s rocks today 1.5 hours sea watching in WSW 4-5 produced: 341 Manx Shearwaters, 447 Gannets, 27 Fulmars, 34 Kittiwakes, 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbills, 6 Auk sp, 5 Shags, 5 Arctic Skuas (all dark phase), 5 Great Skuas, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel and a Sparrowhawk out on the point (Mike Peacock).
TIREE: A Wood Sandpiper at Loch Bhasapol on evening of 28 Aug (Tony Davison per John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: At the Add Estuary this evening – 3 Greenshanks, 1 Knot and 5 Sanderlings (David Jardine). A report of a Sabine’s Gull off Loch Crinan today (per bird information services)…more information required please.
KINTYRE: The Little Egret is still at Kennacraig today (Val Wells).
TIREE: A European White-fronted Goose in with Greylags at Ruaig, 2 Greenshanks at Milton, 7 Black-tailed Godwits at Caoles, 1 Dunnock at the Glebe (first of the autumn here) also 5 Ruffs, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshanks and 28 Redshanks on floods at Baugh road bridge (John Bowler).
MULL: A report of a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, also 2 Arctic Skuas from Ewan Miles, seen at sea off NW Mull.
KINTYRE: More reports from Val Wells of Hen Harriers, this time two female/imms about 1.5 miles along the B8001 road to Skipness from Redhouse. Could be a few birds moving through this area now?
MID-ARGYLL: A single Crossbill over Cairnbaan this morning. No sign of the Green Sandpiper near Slockavullin but nearby a Greenshank was new in at the Add Estuary, also 6 Wigeons there (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A Whimbrel, 1 Ruff, 25 Redshanks and 1 Great Skua at Loch a’ Phuill (Tony Davison), 2 House Martins again with Sand Martins at Balephuil (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Near Slockavullin, opposite Ri Cruin in the Kilmartin valley a juv Green Sandpiper, only fourth for Argyll mainland (outwith Kintyre), also 65 Mallards and 6 Teal there (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: 2 Ruffs, 1 Greenshank, 55 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Redshanks, 39 Curlews, 360 Lapwings, 3 Dunlins and 1m Hen Harrier at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler), 1 Kestrel at Loch Bhasapol – the first of the autumn here (Tony Davison), 1 Knot and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits at Gott Bay (Kevin Rylands).
TIREE: 1 Swift, 1 Greenshank and 24 Black-tailed Godwits at The Reef (John Bowler/Kevin Rylands) also 2 juv Ruff, 29 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Pintails and 59 Redshanks at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: An Osprey was on the mud at Loch Gilp this morning then fishing over the loch. At Loch Crinan – 41 Curlews and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. At the Add Estuary – 21 Redshanks and 2 juv Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Wigeon also 2 juv Whinchats (Jim Dickson).
ORONSAY: An almost white Linnet in a flock of 160 Linnets also 2 Greenshanks at the Strand (Morgan Vaughan).
TIREE: 2 Sandwich Terns at Sorobaidh Bay and 24 Black-tailed Godwits at Baugh Road Bridge (John Bowler).
Tiree: 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank and 7 Black-tailed Godwits on floods at Baugh (John Bowler), also 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Whimbrel at Caoles (Kevin Rylands).
KINTYRE: At Strath farm pool (The Laggan) – 41 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Ruff (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: At the Add Estuary/Moine Mhor – mixed flock of 60+ Ringed Plovers and Dunlins, also 1 Lapwing, a 1w Wheatear, a juv Whinchat, 10+ Stonechats and a flock of 55 Goldfinch (Jim Dickson). On the Isle of Luing – c120 alba Wagtails (including White Wags) at Kilchattan and 1 juv Black-tailed Godwit at Blackmill Bay (David Jardine).
TIREE: 1 Shelduck at Loch a’ Phuill (Kevin Rylands), 5 Black-tailed Godwits at Vaul and 103 Swallows hawking over The Reef (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Now 3 Wigeon at the head of Loch Gilp. A Whinchat and a Whitethroat at the Add Estuary -no sign of the Marsh Harrier (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: a Pectoral Sandpiper this afternoon at Loch a’ Phuill, also 55 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Ruff (John Bowler).1 Common Sandpiper at Balemartine (Kevin Rylands).
MID-ARGYLL: At the Add Estuary this morning – 1 ad male White Wagtail, 39 Ringed Plovers and 47 Dunlins (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: At Strath farm pool (The Laggan) – 14 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Ruff (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: A single eclipse drake Wigeon at the head of Loch Gilp today (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: Off Frenchman’s Rocks this morning in WNW F6-7 produced – 1,435 Manx Shearwaters 340 Gannets, 41 Fulmars, 6 Kittiwakes, 2 Whimbrels, 4 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase) and 14 Shags (Mike Peacock/Peter Roberts/Martin Armstrong) also Mike saw a Greenshank at Port Charlotte earlier flying up Loch Indaal.
TIREE: A sea-watch from Aird 1220-1320hrs in WNW F7 produced – 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Great Skuas, 1 Black Guillemot, 2 Kittiwakes, 24 Fulmars, 106 Gannets and 495 Manx Shearwaters (John Bowler). Also a tight group of 25 Redshanks at The Green (Kevin Rylands).
KINTYRE: Still one Little Egret at Kennacraig early morning (Val Wells) and roosting there at 11am (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: A Kingfisher was on the Lusragan Burn in Connel this morning (Mike Harrison). At the Add Estuary/Moine Mhor today – the juv male Marsh Harrier is still hunting the land and shore immediately N of the estuary, also 2 Ospreys and 2 male Hen Harriers there (Jim Dickson/James Lehman/John Aitchison). Sue Chattwood saw 2 Swifts over Kilmichael Glassary, Lochgilphead today.
TIREE: 30 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Whimbrel at Loch a’ Phuill, 9 Black-tailed Godwits flew west at Traigh Bhagh, also 1 Robin new in at Balephuil (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: The juvenile (male?) Marsh Harrier was again at the Add Estuary/ Moine Mhor around 4pm today…watched on the ground at distance of c 600 metres then it flew to pursue an Osprey! (Jim Dickson). Still present around 5.30pm when David Jardine saw it again and also managed some photos…
Over Oban this evening still at least 4 Swifts (Mike Anderson).
TIREE: A seawatch off Hynish at lunchtime produced – 1 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 Great Skua in amongst 1,530 Manx Shearwaters, 224 Gannets, 66 Fulmars, 35 Kittiwakes, 77 Shags and 16 large auks (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: At the Add Estuary – 4 Dunlins and 9 Ringed Plovers also 2 Wheatears there (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: Have just heard that David Bridge and Val Wells saw 2 Little Egrets at Kennacraig bay on 1st August. Also m + f Hen Harriers seen from the Skipness road recently and a juv Cuckoo there on 24 Jul.
ISLAY: Good luck to the Islay birders representing the various birding interests on Islay at the British Birdfair at Rutland Water this week.
KINTYRE: 15 Black-tailed Godwits at Strath Farm, The Laggan on 14 Aug (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: 1 PB Brent Goose, 1 Gadwall and 1 Wigeon still at Loch a’ Phuill. 233 Sanderlings including the first 3 juveniles, 56 Common Terns (35 juvs) and 6 Arctic Terns (4 juvs) at Gott Bay (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: at Lochgilphead Caravan Park a nice view of a pair of Pergerines flying over and calling to each other. Also a Sparrowhawk hunting along the hedge there (John McInally).
TIREE: 250 Golden Plovers at Barrapol. 1 Juv Corncrake at the Reef (John Bowler).
MULL: a report received from Felicity Hansen of a Nightjar calling briefly on the nights of 8-9 and 9-10 Aug in her garden at Dervaig.
MID-ARGYLL: A report of a female type Marsh Harrier today on the Moine Mhor moss from Dave Pearson. He saw it well (distinctly dark chocolate brown plumage, creamy head, no pale rump and larger than Hen Harrier) and was hunting for about 7 minutes. An Osprey on the sands at Loch Crinan while a 2CY male Hen Harrier flew over it…(Jim Dickson).
The Osprey was seen by John McInally upstream of the Islanadd bridge and a Greenshank was at the Add Estuary.
TIREE: 105 Dunlins Miodar-Vaul, 1m Corncrake still calling at Hough also 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins in Gunna Sound (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: at the Add Estuary/Loch Crinan a few waders arrived after over-night rain with 5 adult Black-tailed Godwits, 24 Dunlins and 7 Ringed Plovers. Also 80 Meadow Pipits at Drimvore and 70 at Dalvore (Moine Mhor), also 35 Goldfinches nr Crinan Ferry (Jim Dickson). Some recent photos (below) sent in from Morag Rea includes a garden visiting Short-tailed Vole that appears to have not had much luck….
TIREE: a Juvenile Ruff and 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Whimbrels at Loch a’ Phuill, also 1 Gadwall, 1 PB Brent Goose and 1 Wigeon (John Bowler).