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SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 : ARGYLL SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 – updated 20.04.17
Recent Reports 2017
COLL: a single House Martin flying around houses in the village of Arinagour, Isle of Coll this morning (Hazel Campbell).
MID-ARGYLL: a single Stock Dove this morning in flight between Luib Cottages and East Gate Lodge, Moine Mhor. Also 2 male Yellowhammers there recently (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: a Northern Wheatear at Machrihanish SBO today. Also a 2CY Iceland Gull nearby at the holiday park yesterday and 8-10 Yellowhammers in Southend recently (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: a Chiffchaff with a Goldcrest today at Balephuil equals the earliest arrival date here set in 2016. Two juv Glaucous Gulls together at Loch a’ Phuill plus an imm Moorhen and 1f Scaup again there (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Whooper Swans have been stopping off and flying over Loch Gilp in recent days with 16 there on 10 Mar (Simon Lawrence) and 18 on the Loch today then flew off N over the town (Jim Dickson/Simon Lawrence). Also still 90+ Skylarks in a field at Drimvore and at least 2 in song at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: A sleepy 1w Iceland Gull at Campbeltown pontoon again today (Eddie Maguire). Also 12 Yellowhammers at a garden ground feeding station in a Campbeltown garden. This is the largest flock seen in this area for many years (Eddie Maguire / Esther Thompson).
TIREE: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls together at Baugh – others single juvs (perhaps the same?) at Crossapol and The Reef, 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Balephetrish Bay, 1 Fieldfare at Beinn Gott, 1 Goldcrest at The Glebe, ca 300 Black-h Gulls, 50 Lesser BB Gulls and 20+ Pied Wagtails around East Tiree today on the goose count (John Bowler).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Little Egret again at Dalrannoch, Loch Creran during the WEBS count (Robin Harvey).
COWAL: around 40 Whooper Swans flying all around the Kyles of Bute last night in full moonlight and then headed west. (David Blair).
ISLAY: a juv/1w Iceland Gull at Laggan Bay (David Clugston/Val Wilson per Angus Murray).
MID-ARGYLL: 10 Lesser BB Gulls at Loch Gilp at lunchtime and the female Long-tailed Duck still at Loch Ceann a’ Chroin this evening (David Jardine).
ISLAY: the 1w Ring-billed Gull is still present and now west of Craigens (David Clugston/Val Wilson per Angus Murray). Many thanks to John Nadin/Gary Woodburn for sending through images from their recent Islay visit.
MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull again at the head of Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: a Greenshank and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were at Kennacraig (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls at Sorobaidh Bay, 2 juv Glaucous Gulls at north end of the Maze hanging around a 9 metre Sperm Whale bobbing in the surf, plus another freshly dead juv Glaucous Gull there (John Bowler).
ISLAY: the Great Grey Shrike is still present today at Carnain (Gary Turbull: Wild Islay Birding).
MULL: an Iceland Gull at the Sound of Mull seen from the Oban – Tiree ferry (Toby Green per Angus Murray).
MID-ARGYLL: Three male and two female Bullfinches were feeding in a crab-apple tree in Connel today, their first visit of the spring to this tree (Mike Harrison). Nine Whooper Swans flew N over Loch Gilp at 4pm and an adult Little Gull also there (Jim Dickson). A Kingfisher and 2 Greenshanks at Caol Scotnish (Alan Dykes).
ISLAY: the Great Grey Shrike was seen again today at Crosshouse, Carnain (David Clugston per Gary Turnbull).
MID-ARGYLL: a Dipper was in full song near the Cairnbaan swing bridge (Jim Dickson/David Jardine/Malcolm Chattwood).
COWAL: Peter Staley has noted a pair of Great Crested Grebes in courtship display on the sea off Ardentinny in recent days.
ISLAY: a Cackling Goose was at The Oa today (David Wood). John Nadin refound the 1w Ring-billed Gull at Craigens yesterday but no sign of the Great Grey Shrike at Bridgend. He reports at least 4 Cackling Geese now on the Island.
TIREE: a Goldcrest at Balephuil, a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Traigh Bhagh and a male Pochard at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: a Common Sandpiper was at Loch nan Torran in Ormsary this morning (Errol Crutchfield). The Dippers on the Lusragan Burn in Connel were carrying nest material this morning, and a Grey Wagtail was feeding near last year’s nest site (Mike Harrison).
ISLAY: a Lapland Bunting found by Chris Mills on The Oa today (David Wood).
KINTYRE: four Iceland Gulls in Kintyre today with first-winters just north of Tayinloan and between Tayinloan and Campbeltowm, a second-winter at Campbeltown harbour and an adult on the road to Machrihanish by the airport turn off. Also 2 Pink-footed Geese at Drumlemble and the regular 22 Barnacle hybrids (John Nadin/Jimmy Steele).
TIREE: a Goldcrest at Balephuil – first of the spring here and 26 Whooper Swans new at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler).
TIREE: two 2CY White-tailed Eagles together at Loch a’ Phuill – also a Welsh colour-ringed Oystercatcher there. A big influx of adult Black-headed Gulls – at least 80 around the island also 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Greenfinch at the Glebe (John Bowler).
ISLAY: a report of a Great Grey Shrike again at Bridgend yesterday (per Islaybird blog).
COWAL: a Great Crested Grebe this morning off Ardentinny, with 2 there on 12 Jan. Also Lesser BB Gulls around. (Peter Staley).
MID-ARGYLL: the first-winter Little Gull was again at the head of Loch Gilp this morning and 1 Lesser BB Gull (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: a Magpie was at Portrigh, Carradale yesterday (Alisdair Paterson).
ISLAY: the first-winter Ring-billed Gull was again at Craigens on Sun 26 Feb (Gary Turnbull).
MID-ARGYLL: 20+ Black-throated Divers on Loch Caolisport early morning (Stu Crutchfield).
TIREE: three juvenile Glaucous Gulls at Sorobaidh Bay –with 14 ad Black-headed Gulls and 1 ad Lesser BB Gull there, also 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull at Traigh Bhagh and 1 Mistle Thrush at Balephuil (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: a flock of 93 Skylarks was at Drimvore this morning (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: a juvenile Iceland Gull was at Tarbert harbour (Neil Hammatt).
NORTH ARGYLL: the ABC trip to Lismore today led by David Jardine included 2 Greenshanks (3 Otters) and concluded with a flurry of several White-tailed and a single Golden Eagle near Loch Laich.
COWAL: Neil Hammatt reports more Pied Wagtails in Glendaruel and at least 200 Skylarks in fields there today. A Nuthatch was seen again in a garden at Stronafian (George Newall/Alistair McGregor).
ISLAY: a first-winter Ring-billed Gull first seen at Craigens (Gruinart) on 15 Feb by Tom Lowe was there again today (Steve Williams per bird news services).
KINTYRE: a report of the Little Egret seen yesterday just south of Point Sands caravan park and last noted there on 31 Jan (Nick Fletcher per Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: probably now 6 Glaucous Gulls on the island just now (1 ad and 5 juvs), also a juvenile Iceland Gull at Loch Bhasapol and a Carrion Crow with Hooded Crows at Moss (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: more Pied Wagtails now appearing e.g. 11 in one field at Barsloisnoch, also 21 Lapwings nearby and increase in Common Gulls (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: a first-winter and an adult Little Gull at Loch Gilp as well as an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and a single Red Knot. The orange neck collared Greylag Goose was re-found at Barsloisnoch (NDI) (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: a sea-watch this morning off Aird, with highlights of a Little Auk and 3 Long-tailed Ducks. Also a Snow Bunting at Traigh nan Gilean this afternoon (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: just received a very early report of a grounded Manx Shearwater in a garden at Carradale harbour sometime w/c 6th Feb, confirmed by photos. (Ian McGhie per Mike Harrison).
COWAL: a Kingfisher at the top of Loch Striven today was a nice surprise and also a Waxwing at Ardentinny on Sun 19th (Neil Hammatt).
TIREE: an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Loch a’ Phuill this morning – first of the year there, also 3 Gadwall (John Bowler).
ISLAY: three Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Machir Bay (Gary Turnbull per Ian Brooke).
TIREE: Adult Glaucous Gull again at Gott Bay (Steph Cope). Juvenile Glaucous Gull again at Sorobaidh Bay, with 4 Black-headed Gulls and 455 Common Gulls. An imm Moorhen at Loch a’ Phuill plus 1f Scaup, 1 Little Grebe, 1150 Lapwing and 135 Oystercatchers – the latter including 2 colour-ringed birds (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: in the Slockavullin/Poltalloch area late afternoon goose counts: 390 Greylags (one with orange neck collar), 380 Canadas, 1 Greenland White-front and 1 Barnacle. Also 85 Jackdaws, 32 Fieldfares, 65 Redwings, 5 Mistle Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtails and 110 Common Gulls.
TIREE: an adult and a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Gott Bay (Martin Finnigan per John Bowler). A juvenile Glaucous Gull at Loch Bhasapol, therefore up to 5 Glaucous Gulls now on Tiree. A
Long-eared Owl found at Hough sadly having hit wires and then trampled by cattle (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: six Greenland White-fronted Geese at Barsloisnoch and two singing Mistle Thrush in the Duntrune area and one near Cairnbaan, also many other species in full song just now.
COWAL: on Wed 15 Feb a Slavonian Grebe on the Holy Loch WeBS count was the first seen there by George Newall/Alistair McGregor).
ISLAY: no further reports of the reported Great Grey Shrike from Bridgend (full details required please) and no further sightings as yet of the significant flock of 13 ‘small’ Canada Geese reported previously east of Port Ellen, however now 3 Cackling Geese on the Island (Tom Lowe per Steve Percival).
MID-ARGYLL: the adult Little Gull again at Loch Gilp this morning, also 5 Lapwings there which is very unusual for this site (Jim Dickson). A juvenile Glaucous Gull today just past the turning to Croabh Haven towards Oban (Bob Grove). A male Brambling was at Ormsary (Stu Crtuchfield).
COWAL: 26 Purple Sandpipers at Dunoon crazy golf today (George Newall).
MID-ARGYLL: a Kingfisher was at the Crinan Canal nr Kilmahumaig then flew towards Bellanoch (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: a drake Green-winged Teal, juvenile Glaucous Gull, 2 Gadwall and 1f Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill, also 1 Lapland Bunting at Barrapol and a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Traigh Ghrianal (John Bowler).
ISLAY: a report today of a group of 13 ‘small’ Canada Geese (type yet unknown) (Fiona McGillvray & Mandy Hodkinson per Ian Brooke) and also a report of a Great Grey Shrike at Bridgend.
MID-ARGYLL: the adult Little Gull was off the Lochgilphead front green again mid-afternoon (Jim Dickson). The juvenile Kumlien’s Gull is still at Ormsary (per Birdguides).
KINTYRE: a Todd’s Canada Goose at Drumlemble, the Laggan this afternoon (per Birdguides), presumably same one of three there on 5 Feb (Dan Brown).
MID-ARGYLL: a female Brambling and 5 Greenfinch in the garden at Cairnbaan this morning (Jim Dickson), and 5 Bullfinch in the garden at Kilmartin this morning (David Jardine). Five Bar-tailed Godwits on the shore at Loch na Cille beyond Tayvallich (Morag Rea).
TIREE: a Lapland Bunting at Clachan this afternoon with Rob Still (John Bowler).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Little Egret at Dalrannoch, Loch Creran on two occasions, at 13.05 and at 16.00, along with 107 Teal at the latter time (Robin Harvey).
TIREE: a juvenile Glaucous Gull was feeding on a dead Common Dolphin at Traigh Bhagh, the third-year White-tailed Eagle was at Hynish and 3 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail and 12 Shoveler were at Loch Riaghain (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull was at Loch Gilp and a Long-tailed Duck at Loch Ceann a’ Chroin, nr. Ford (David Jardine).
ISLAY: a Kingfisher was at the mouth of the Sorn (Martin Armstrong).
MID-ARGYLL: a Moorhen was chasing a Water Rail at the Crinan canal banks, by Barnakill, nr Cairnbaan this afternoon, also, 40 Fieldfares in a field nearby (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: a third-year White-tailed Eagle and a drake Green-winged Teal were at Loch a’ Phuill this evening (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: in fields at Dunadd there were at least 75 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings with 1 Song Thrush (Jim Dickson). A ringed male Blackbird has been visiting a garden in Connel since 2 February. Scrutiny of many photographs has confirmed the ring number as 7476431 from the Norwegian ringing scheme. This is the same individual which visited the same garden from 21 December 2015 to 8 February 2016. It was ringed about 25 miles SSE of Oslo, Norway, in April 2013 (Mike Harrison).
COWAL: at Knockdow estate two Stock Doves were seen well but briefly as they flew across the estate (George Newall). A Whooper Swan on Loch Loskin was the first one Alistair McGregor has seen there.
MID-ARGYLL: at Eilean Traighe, Ormsary – the juv Kumlien’s Gull still present as well as the juv/1w Iceland Gull and female Pintail. Also nearby; 54 Hooded, 4 Carrion and 4 hybrid crows (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: single juvenile Glaucous Gulls at Traigh Bhagh and at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: on the Crinan Canal single Moorhens at Bellanoch canal basin and at Crinan wood, where a very ‘nervous’ femail Pintail flew off from the canal to join mergansers at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson). The juvenile Iceland and Kumlien’s Gulls are still present at Eilean Traighe, Ormsary (Stu Crutchfield).
TIREE: a 1hr sea-watch from Hynish in SSE9 produced: 2 Puffins, 2 Great Northern Divers, 13 Black Guillemots, 32 Gannets, 45 Shags, 56 Fulmars, 67 Common Guillemots, 142 Razorbills and 216 Kittiwakes (John Bowler).
ISLAY: the Cackling Goose at Emeraconart (nr Ballygrant) was still with Barnacle Geese this afternoon. Many thanks to the Islay birders for their wonderful hospitality during the ‘bridge camera workshop’ this weekend….I’m sure lots of great photos to come from Islay soon! (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: at Ormsary/mouth of Loch Caolisport – 21 Black-throated, 42 Great Northern and 8 Red-throated Divers, 4 Slavonian Grebes, single juvenile Kumlien’s and Iceland Gulls, and 11 flyover Crossbills (Dan Brown).
KINTYRE: at the Sound of Gigha (West Loch Tarbert mouth to Rhunahaorine Pt) – 72 Slavonian Grebes, 127 Great Northern Divers, 2 Velvet Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Hen Harriers and a Common Sandpiper nr Ronachan Pt. A juvenile Iceland Gull at Machrihanish plus one at Campbeltown Harbour and two more at Kilmichael flood. Also a very good count of 2,003 ‘Greenland’ White-fronts around the Laggan with 3 Pink-feet, 9 Barnacles and 3 likely Todd’s Canada Geese, also 315 ‘Greenland’ White-fronts around Rhunahaorine and 140+ at Loch nan Gan Dad (Dan Brown).
On 31 Jan Dan had a good count of 326 Great Northern Divers at the Sound of Gigha and also an adult and a juvenile Glaucous Gull at the mouth of West Loch Tarbert, Kintyre.
TIREE: a new juvenile Iceland Gull roosting at Traigh Bhi today (John Bowler).
TIREE: a juvenile Glaucous Gull east of the old harbour at Scarinish this afternoon (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A Little Egret early afternoon reported by Graeme Garner at Tayinloan, just north of the ferry terminal, feeding in a pool above the beach.
ISLAY: a Cackling Goose was at Emeraconart (nr Ballygrant) (Dan Brown).
JURA: a Whimbrel was at Luss Bay, north end of the island (Dan Brown).
COWAL: 26 Purple Sandpipers and 38 Turnstones at Dunoon Crazy Golf today (George Newall).
MID-ARGYLL: On the ABC trip to Ormsary today the highlights included: 6 Slavonian Grebes, 17 Black-throated Divers (lots of G N D & Red-t Divers), a 1w Iceland Gull, a fem Pintail, single Golden Eagle, Peregrine & Sparrowhawk, a group of 14 Red Knot and at least 3 Grey Wagtails among the 53 species noted.
Yesterday in an Ardrishaig garden, highlights during the 1 hour RSPB garden birdwatch included: 97 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Siskins, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Sparrowhawk (Lynsey Gibson).
MULL: a party of 12 Yellowhammers in Alan Spellman’s garden at Lochdon this morning.
NORTH ARGYLL: the Little Egret was showing well at Loch Laich, Appin this morning, but too distant to photograph. Also present were 21 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 76 Canada Geese and Common, Herring and Black-headed Gulls (Mike Harrison).
MID-ARGYLL: have just seen a male Goosander feeding in Tayvallich Bay (Amanda Chadderton).
TIREE: off Hynish in S8 with rain 1235-1335hrs: 2 Little Auks, 74 Gannets, 55 Kittiwakes, 45 Razorbills, 43 Fulmars, 42 Shags, 29 GBB Gulls, 18 Tysties, 12 Guillemots and 7 G N Divers (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: the adult Glaucous Gull again at the head of Loch Gilp this am (Jim Dickson). Karen Taylor has reported 20-30 Waxwings in Minard seen on 21 Jan, so may still be around.
ISLAY: Ian Brooke has said the Green-winged Teal is still at Gruinart (Bob Davison) and the mid-month island International goose counts were: 45,056 Barnacle, 4,694 White-fronted and 581 Greylag Geese.
TIREE/COLL: 1 fem Greater Scaup still at Loch a’ Phuill plus 102 Curlews. Also 2 White-beaked Dolphin off SW Coll (John Bowler).