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SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 : SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 updated 22 June

Recent Reports 2017

20th July

TIREE: two Greenshanks new in at Loch a’ Phuill and 1 Greenshank at The Reef (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Cairnbaan all week (Jim Dickson). I was chuffed to see my first Crossbill (male) in the forestry at Ardcastle point today (Joan Thomson).


19th July

TIREE: a Swift at Ruaig sliabh  (Christian Verstraete) and 2 Swifts near the Glebe (Martin Finnigan).
ISLAY: small numbers of Swifts noted on the island (per Ian Brooke).
NORTH ARGYLL: Robin Harvey got this photo on 18 Jul of a Ringed Plover chick (one of two chicks) on Tralee beach and assures us the birds were not disturbed or agitated.

Ringed Plover chick – Tralee, North Argyll 18 Jul (Robin Harvey).

18th July

MID-ARGYLL: at Ruadh Sgeir in the Sound of Gigha off Carsaig with Dougie Menzies a count of 1,000+ roosting 2CY Kittiwakes, nesting Shags, Cormorants and approx. 300 Common Terns (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: three Swifts at Ceann a’ Mhara, 1 Swift at Sandaig and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Balephuil (John Bowler).

Shags – Ruadh Sgeir, Sound of Jura 18 Jul (Jim Dickson).
2CY Kittiwakes- Ruadh Sgeir, Sound of Jura 18 Jul (Jim Dickson).
Common Terns – Ruadh Sgeir, Sound of Jura 18 Jul (Jim Dickson).

17th July

MID-ARGYLL: a Little Gull still at the Add Estuary with 2 Swifts there and 6 Swifts over Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Loch a’ Phuill, 89 Sanderlings, 9 Dunlins, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 420 Arctic Terns (50 x 2CY birds) at Gott Bay (John Bowler).

15th July

MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull  was new at the Add Estuary, also 2 ad Common Terns and 2 juv Black-headed Gulls there with 20+ ads. At Loch Gilp a mass of hirundines feeding low over the exposed mud with 100+ Swallows, 20 Sand Martins and 8 House Martins, also 3 Swifts over the loch. Also 80+ Black-headed Gulls with several juvs and 30+ Common Terns (Jim Dickson). A Whimbrel was at Keillmore today (John Aitchison).
KINTYRE: an adult male Merlin was at Cour (N of Carradale) today (Alasdair Patterson).
JURA: a single Storm Petrel was seen from the Colonsay ferry off SE Jura (David Jardine).

13th July

TIREE: 1 Goldcrest and 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler at Balephuil, 70 Golden Plovers at Barrapol, 1 ad Common Tern, 2 Great Skuas and 1f Red-breasted Merganser with brood/9 at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

12th July

KINTYRE: a migrant Willow Warbler in MSBO garden today (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: a male and female Hen Harrier plus Short-eared Owl hunting over the Moine Mhor early morning (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: two Ospreys flying near Milton pier (Tim Sawyer), 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Cornaigmore (John Bowler).

Lesser Redpoll – Cowal 12 Jul (Alistair McGregor).
Willow Warbler – Machrihanish SBO, Kintyre 12 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

11th July

MID-ARGYLL: a single Whimbrel at Loch Gilp this morning (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: The first juv Black-headed Gulls and Sandwich Terns have appeared over the last few days.  Seven Black-tailed Godwits going south along with a few Red Knots (3), Sanderlings (8), and a single Turnstone (Eddie Maguire).

9th July

ISLAY: Siskins at Kilchoman today with a Goldfinch being the odd one out. Also a Sparrowhawk…perhaps eyeing up a meal! (Ian Brooke).
TIREE: 19 Black-tailed Godwits and a surprise Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Loch a’ Phuill today (John Bowler) and 1 Greenfinch with 1 fledged young at Baugh (Bill Welstead).
MULL: a Black Swan again at Lochdon (Dave Pierce per Alan Spellman). 71 Black-tailed Godwits flying S over Treshnish Farm (Anand Prasad).

Sparrowhawk – Kilchoman, Islay 9 Jul (Ian Brooke).
Siskins & Goldfinch – Kilchoman, Islay 9 Jul (Ian Brooke).
Red-breasted Merganser – Dunoon, Cowal 9 Jul (Alistair McGregor).

8th July

KINTYRE: the 2CY Iceland Gull showing well at Machrihanish SBO…now has a pale iris (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: a Siskin at Balephuil and 1 Goldcrest at Carnan Mor – both very unusual mid-summer records here, also 1m Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at Balephuil and 1 Common Sandpiper at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: a m Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson).
COWAL: 11 Black Guillemots counted at Dunoon Pier and 2 Sandwich Terns on the rocks(Alistair McGregor).

Black Guillemots – Dunoon, Cowal 8 Jul (Alistair McGregor).
Grasshopper Warbler – Balephuil, Tiree 8 Jul (John Bowler).
Iceland Gull – MSBO, Kintyre 8 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

7th July

COWAL: some sightings around Glendaruel from Allister Hamilton; Woodcock roding in the evening, Tree Pipits seen carrying food in three locations, 1 family of 5 Whinchats near the top third of the Glen and 2 pairs further down, N of Caravan Park, Blackcaps singing, 2 f Redstarts N of the caravan park; one 500m N and one 0.75 km N.
TIREE: 280 2CY Arctic Terns at The Green, also 14 Little Terns there (John Bowler).
MULL: six Greenshanks at Salen Bay (Dave Pierce per Alan Spellman).

6th July

MID-ARGYLL: a pair of Crossbills were at Leac na Ban farm, south of Bellanoch (Alex Hamilton per Morag Rea). John Aitchison reports two successful Barn Owl nests in the Crinan and Scotnish areas recently.

5th July

MID-ARGYLL: at least 3 family groups of Grey Wagtails seen around the Moine Mhor area this morning (Slockavullin, Dalvore and Ballymeanoch), an Osprey fishing at the Add Estuary and a Redstart in song at Tayness/Slockavullin (Jim Dickson).

Grey Wagtail – Dalvore, Mid-Argyll 5 Jul (Jim Dickson).
Grey Wagtail – Dalvore, Mid-Argyll 5 Jul (Jim Dickson).

4th July

MID-ARGYLL: at Keills John Aitchison noted 60 mostly juv Starlings being chased by a Peregrine, also 2 Swifts there. Nearby along the coast of Isle of Danna there were 15 Swifts on the move south (Jane Smith per John Aitchison).
MULL: a Greenshank was at Craignure Bay and an adult Slavonian Grebe was at the head of Loch na Keal (Dave Pierce per Alan Spellman).
COWAL: at Knockdow Estate there were 3-4 adult Moorhens with up to a total of 9 young, also 2 broods of Little Grebes (Alistair McGregor & George Newall).

Moorhens – Knockdow, Cowal 4 Jul (Alistair McGregor).
Little Grebes – Knockdow, Cowal 4 Jul (Alistair McGregor).

3rd July

MULL: two Crossbills overhead at Glengorm (Stuart Gibson per Alan Spellman).
COWAL: Tom Callan reports a considerable influx of Crossbills around the Otter Ferry area as evidenced by the extent of stripping of Larch cones. Also he had a count of over 80 Goosanders at Loch Riddon on 2 July.

2nd July

MID-ARGYLL: John & Julie Sutton noted a Greenfinch at feeders in their garden at Lochgair, nr Glashan Burn and is there first record there since 2015 and also their first ever garden record of House Sparrow!
MULL: a report yesterday of a 2CY Iceland Gull at Knockvologan (per Alan Spellman).

1st July

NORTH ARGYLL: Moorhens have bred at Benderloch gravel pits (Robin Harvey). Remains a scarce species on the Argyll mainland…
COWAL: a report from Clive McKay of a Honey -buzzard he saw in Cowal yesterday…await more details…
MID-ARGYLL: at Keills, Loch na Cille John Aitchison reports lots of species with young now in the area including a female Red-breasted Merganser with 4 small ducklings, Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the old Chapel with Wheatears nesting there, Red-throated Divers noted on the loch, Spotted Flycatcher towards Tayvallich and 14 Mistle Thrushes and a female Redstart recently.

Moorhens – Benderloch, North Argyll 28 Jun (Robin Harvey).

30th June

MID-ARGYLL: at the Moine Mhor early morning: Short-eared Owl hunting, female Hen Harrier hunting, 2 Linnets, several Lesser Redpolls, a Whitethroat and a family of Whinchats. Also an adult and 2CY male Hen Harrier there recently and 3 Grasshopper Warblers reeling (Jon Close/Jim Dickson).

Common Whitethroat – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll – 30 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Whinchat – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll – 30 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Whinchat – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll – 30 Jun (Jim Dickson).

29th June

TIREE: Common (Mealy) Redpoll family again at Balephuil, also 1 Robin there (John Bowler).

28th June

TIREE: An adult Little Grebe at Loch Riaghain, 1 Robin at Balephuil – also pair Swallow with f/4 there and pair Common Redpoll with f/2+, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits including 1 in full summer plumage at Gott Bay, also 820 Arctic Terns there including 600+ 2CY birds, 1 Great Skua over The Reef and a pair of Greenfinches with f/1+ at The Glebe (not always an annual breeder here). 1 Siskin at Balephuil on 27 Jun – is unusual in summer on Tiree (John Bowler).
ISLAY: the male Velvet Scoter is back at Easter Ellister, seen yesterday, but no female Common Scoter with it (Peter Roberts).
MID-ARGYLL: a Short-eared Owl seen again at the Moine Mhor today (Jon Close).
KINTYRE: I  spotted a Jay while driving nr Clachan. I’m not a birdwatcher but thought this was rare (Dave Campbell). Many thanks for this record Dave…they can be a bit secretive and views are often just brief glimpses (Jim D).

26th June

ISLAY: the adult male Rose-coloured Starling is still at Laphroaig today (photos taken on 24 Jun below)  and the drake Ring-necked Duck remains at Loch Finalaggan (per Ian Brooke).
MID-ARGYLL: Errol Crutchfield got this image (below) of a Tawny Owl at Ormsary taken late on 25 Jun.

Tawny Owl – Ormsary, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Errol Crutchfield).
Rose-coloured Starling – Laphroaig, Islay 24 Jun (Gary Turnbull).
Rose-coloured Starling – Laphroaig, Islay 24 Jun (Gary Turnbull).

25th June

MID-ARGYLL: a short walk around Dunadd Hill Fort this morning was productive with no less than 8 Whinchats (4 ads+ 4 juvs), 2 Stonechats, 4 Lesser Redpolls, a juv Twite, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Mistle Thrush and several Willow Warblers. Nearby at Dalvore Wood were singing Blackcap and a Wood Warbler, also 2 Spotted Flycatchers,  and more Whinchats at Drimvore, Dalvore, Crinan Ferry Road and Islandadd Road, with at least 12 pairs in the area recently (Jim Dickson).
A Monarch butterfly was found by Janet Jardine in their garden this morning….an exceptionally odd record in summer, presumably released? (Janet & David Jardine).
TIREE: 5 Golden Plover fresh in at Sandaig, an early return (John Bowler).

Monarch – Kilmartin, Argyll 25 Jun (Janet Jardine).
Whinchat – Dunadd, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Whinchat – Dunadd, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Willow Warbler – Dunadd, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Lesser Redpoll – Dunadd, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Jim Dickson).

24th June

ISLAY: the Rose-coloured Starling is still at Laphroaig today (Gary Turnbull). A male Velvet Scoter paired with a female Common Scoter on the sea at Port Charlotte, presumably the once captive birds at Easter Ellister seen in recent years (Mike Peacock).
TIREE: a sea-watch from Aird in W6 with squalls 15.15-16.15hrs (all heading west): 1,749 Manx Shearwaters, 264 Arctic Terns, 168 Gannets, 96 large auks, 36 Kittiwakes, 21 Little Terns and 6 Fulmars (John Bowler).

23rd June

ISLAY: the Rose-coloured Starling is still present at/just outside Laphroaig today, seen by Ian & Margaret Brooke.
MULL: a Red-necked Phalarope was seen on the sea between Iona and Staffa yesterday morning then flew towards Loch Scridain (per Birdguides).

22nd June

KINTYRE: at Machrihanish SBO today; a Whimbrel flew south calling, a Little Tern was by the Arctic Tern colony and the regular 2CY Iceland Gull was seen many times (Eddie Maguire). Yesterday at Balloch Farm (Laggan) 2 Quail were heard and one was seen and a belated report of a pair of Garganey at Strath Farm (The Laggan) on 25 May (Malcolm Blanchflower per Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: an adult Curlew Sandpiper was new at Loch a’ Phuill, also 2 Great Skuas there and 1 Woodpigeon was new in at Balephuil (John Bowler).

Curlew Sandpiper – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 22 Jun (John Bowler).
Curlew Sandpiper – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 22 Jun (John Bowler).

21st June

KINTYRE: at Machrihanish SBO today the long-staying 2CY Iceland Gull (from 16th May) is still present. The May / June duckling productivity so far includes  8 broods / 55 ‘Shelducklings‘ (mean brood size = 6.8) and the Common Eiders now have  5 broods / 19 ducklings (mean brood size = 3.8) (Eddie Maguire).
ISLAY: a report of a Rose-coloured Starling at Laphroaig today but require further details (per Ian Brooke).

Eiders – MSBO, Kintyre 21 Jun (Eddie Maguire).
Iceland Gull – MSBO, Kintyre 21 Jun (Eddie Maguire).
Shelducks – MSBO, Kintyre 21 Jun (Eddie Maguire).

20th June

MID-ARGYLL: a Little Egret has been at the north end of Loch Craignish lagoon, Ardfern for the past two days (Jan Brown). At Cairnbaan today a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, singing Garden and Grasshopper Warblers and a Blackcap but the highlight was an imm White-tailed Eagle over the house at mid-day. A pair of Spotted Flycatchers in Jon Close’s garden at Carsaig.
ISLAY: the drake Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Finlaggan (per Ian Brooke).

Turnstones – Dunoon, Cowal 19 Jun (Alistair McGregor).


18th June

MID-ARGYLL: a report of a Short-eared Owl seen in the Moine Mhor area on 17 Jun (John Halliday). A report of a Hobby from 15 Jun has been submitted – seen chasing a martin in the Loch Leathan area (Chris & Rob Blackwell/Jock Hunter).
COLONSAY/ORONSAY: reports coming in of up to three different Quail sightings in the last week or so, one from Oronsay, two from Colonsay (per David Jardine).

17th June

TIREE: photos have now appeared of the Rose-coloured Starling that was reported from The Green on 3 Jun (Iain Macdonald per John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Malcolm Chattwood noted a distant tern at his inland BBS square this morning, about 5 miles N of Lochgilphead however the identity is not certain. No further sign of the Common Rosefinch nr Crinan today. Now 4 Bar-tailed Godwits at Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).
COWAL: three Puffins were noted in Loch Fyne opposite Minard today.

Puffins – Loch Fyne 17 Jun
Rose-coloured Starling – Tiree 3 Jun (Iain MacDonald).
Rose-coloured Starling – Tiree 3 Jun (Iain MacDonald).

16th June

MID-ARGYLL: a report of an adult male Common Rosefinch seen yesterday at about 4pm near Crinan ( towards end of at the B841 at NR792936). It was on the road and initially looked injured but flew off when approached to within 1 metre (Robin & Rachel Hamilton).
TIREE: a 2CY Little Gull at Loch a’ Phuill with ca 120 Kittiwakes (many 2CY birds) and 40 Arctic Terns (8 x 2CY birds) (John Bowler).

15th June

COLONSAY: a Greenish Warbler was seen and recorded singing at Loch Turraman this morning (Ian Fisher, David & Janet Jardine, Martin Davison, Anne Middleton). There are two previous Argyll records both in Kintyre, in 1983 and 1987.

Greenish Warbler – Colonsay 15 Jun (Ian Fisher).
Greenish Warbler – Colonsay 15 Jun (Ian Fisher).

14th June

MID-ARGYLL: at Loch Gilp today 3 Long-tailed Ducks (summer male and female and a female type in transition) also 4 Gannets feeding in the loch, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, several Eiders with ducklings, 2 Red-throated Divers and 14 Red-breasted Mergansers. At least 70 Common Guillemots off Ardrishaig flying up Loch Fyne (Jim Dickson).
COLONSAY: breeding of Great Skua was confirmed for the first time on Colonsay (it has bred on Oronsay) (Martin Davison/David Jardine).

Great Skua – Colonsay 13 Jun (David Jardine).

13th June

MID-ARGYLL: at the Moine Mhor (from Drimvore to Crinan Ferry) several parties of Whinchats and Stonechats with juvs, also juv Grey Wagtail and several juv Pied Wagtails about now. Still 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).

Reed Bunting – Dalvore, Moine Mhor 13 Jun (Jim Dickson).

12th June

KINTYRE: at Machrihanish SBO more seabirds moving than of recent with good numbers of Manx Shearwaters and Common Guillemots, also 4 Storm Petrels. The 2CY Iceland Gull is still present (Eddie Maguire/Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: the drake Ring-necked Duck is still present at Loch Finlaggan (Toby Green).
MID-ARGYLL:  2 Bullfinch, 35 Siskins and a group of 10 Long-tailed Tits were at Cairnbaan.

Gannets – MSBO, Kintyre 12 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Wheatear – MSBO, Kintyre 12 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Common Guillemots – MSBO, Kintyre 12 Jun (Jim Dickson).

11th June

MID-ARGYLL: a Garden Warbler in song and also carrying food beside the Crinan canal bird hide at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).

Garden Warbler – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 11 Jun (Jim Dickson).
Garden Warbler – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 11 Jun (Jim Dickson).

9th June

COWAL: on the crossing from Tarbert to Potavadie Neil Hammatt saw 2 adult Arctic Skuas (originally posted as Long-tailed, now re-id’d from photos) flying N up Loch Fyne.
KINTYRE: 300+ Manx Shearwaters in waters between Arran and Skipness late morning (Jim Dickson).

8th June

JURA: Angela Harrell has sent through some sightings from Jura over the last few days and include 2 male Hen Harriers, 2 Short-eared Owls, 6 different Cuckoos and today a Whimbrel at Ardfin with another Short-eared Owl there.
KINTYRE: Clive McKay has sent in a photo of the Reed Bunting nest with a Cuckoo egg he found near Campbeltown in late May.
COWAL: Neil Hammatt has just been told of two areas where Pied Flycatchers have nested this year; at Glenbranter and at Kenmore, Loch Lomond (Clyde)….presumably they are very under recorded in Argyll so all reports very welcome.

Cuckoo egg in Reed Bunting nest – 24 May (Clive McKay).

7th June

KINTYRE: a Lesser Whitethroat was heard singing (and was recorded), in hawthorn next to Cnoc Ban, 100 yds north of Southend church  (Neil Hammatt).
COWAL: the Rose-coloured Starling was seen again at Kirn, Holy Loch area on Tues 30 May with excellent photos taken by Lizzy Owen (per Alison Ireland).

Rose-coloured Starling – Kirn, Cowal 30 May (Elizabeth Owen).
Rose-coloured Starling – Kirn, Cowal 30 May (Elizabeth Owen).
Rose-coloured Starling – Kirn, Cowal 30 May (Elizabeth Owen).

6th June

MID-ARGYLL: Three Greenshanks were at Loch Gilp this morning (Bob Furness).

5th June

TIREE: 1 ad Little Stint again at Loch a’ Phuill also 1 ad Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knots, 22 Redshanks and 12+ Dunlins there and 2 Sandwich Terns at The Green. A report of a “pink” starling at The Green on 3 June and awaiting photos that were taken of it (John Bowler).

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