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Recent Reports 2017
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).
NORTH ARGYLL: the Little Egret was back at Loch Laich early morning (David Jardine).
TIREE: 1 Puffin off Gunna Sound from the Oban ferry is an early record (John Bowler).
COWAL: a male Hen Harrier hunting between Millhouse and Ardlamont House (Allister Hamilton).
MID-ARGYLL: now 160 Chaffinches feeding in the garden at Cairnbaan. Also small flocks (up to 40+) of Meadow Pipits, appearing/on the move, in fields around the Moine Mhor (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: a 3CY Iceland Gull (the long-staying bird), 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1f Scaup, 55 Goldeneye and 2 Gadwall at Loch a’ Phuill. 1 Woodcock at Carnan Mor (John Bowler). Also 2 Linnets at Traigh Bhagh found and photographed by Steph Cope – just the 2nd January record in 100 years on Tiree! (Steph Cope per John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: a 2/3 winter Glaucous Gull at the head of Loch Fyne today (David Jardine).
COWAL: three Nuthatches at Ardkinglass woodland early morning (David Jardine). A Kingfisher was on the shore by Ardkinglass House (Graham Thomas).
TIREE: 14 Long-tailed Ducks at Hough Bay (John Bowler).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Greenshank and 2 Lapwings at An Sailean inlet in the NW corner of Ardmucknish Bay (Robin Harvey).
KINTYRE: at Campbeltown Loch today, single juvenile Glaucous and Iceland Gulls (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: a juvenile Glaucous Gull again at Gott Bay today, feeding on a dead dolphin and another Glaucous at Balevullin this pm (Steph Cope per John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: an adult Glaucous Gull showing well at the head of Loch Gilp mid-morning (Jim Dickson).
NORTH ARGYLL: a report from Andy Dale of a single Waxwing in Achinreir, Barcaldine on 1st January, followed by a flock of 10 on 6th January. This flock was battling with a very aggressive mistle thrush over the last rowan tree with berries.
COWAL: three Black Grouse at Craigendive today (Alistair McGregor).
TIREE: a Jackdaw at Loch an Eilein – the first of the winter here (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: two juvenile Iceland Gulls at Eilean Traighe, Ormsary today (Stu Crutchfield).
TIREE: now 2 drake Green-winged Teal – 1 at Loch Bhasapol again and a new bird at Loch a’ Phuill. Also a juv Glaucous Gull at West Hynish, 1 Mistle Thrush at Mannal and 8 Pink-footed Geese at Cornaigmore. There was also juv Glaucous Gull at The Reef late yesterday (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: the juv Iceland Gull was back at Eilean Traighe, Ormsary today (Stu Crutchfield). A Kingfisher brightened up a dreich afternoon at Airds Bay, Taynuilt (Mike Harrison).
NORTH ARGYLL: A Grey Wagtail was feeding in a cattle field near Ardchattan this morning (Mike Harrison). No sign of the recent Little Egret at Loch Laich, Appin however a juv Iceland Gull was there (David Jardine).
Mid-Argyll: At Loch Gilp mid-day a female Kingfisher on the old pier, also 9 Shelducks new in, 26 Bar-tailed Godwits and 9 Dunlins (David Jardine/Jim Dickson). Nearby on rocks off Lingerton Landfill an adult Glaucous Gull (Jim Dickson).
Three Snow Buntings at Allt Dearg windfarm, nr Ormsary this morning (Errol Crutchfield).
A dead Little Auk found on the strandline nr Dunstaffnage, behind SAMS (Steven Benjamins).
Kintyre: At Campbeltown Loch 2 Iceland Gulls (juv & 2w) and a juv Glaucous Gull at Bellochantuy (per Birdguides).
Tiree: a juv Glaucous Gull at Gott Bay (John Bowler).
Mid-Argyll: the juv/1w Iceland Gull still on rocks at Eilean Traighe, Ormsary (Stu Crutchfield) and perhaps a different, older bird also at the same location (David Jardine).
Islay: the drake Green-winged Teal still at RSPB Loch Gruinart (per Birdguides).
Mid-Argyll: A few highlights this morning included: a Slavonian Grebe at Loch Gilp, 2 Black-throated, 2 Red-throated and 5 Great Northern Divers in Loch Fyne (from Brenfield point), 17 Great Northern Divers, 4 Goosanders, 6 Common Scoters, a female Pintail, 58 Goldeneye, 94 Mallards, 1 Shelduck, a juv Iceland Gull, m Sparrowhawk, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 Rock & 12 Meadow Pipits, 80+ Chaffinch, and 1 Twite at Ormsary/Loch Caolisport (Jim Dickson).
A lone Waxwing was spotted in Connel this afternoon (Mike Harrison).
North Argyll: 28 White-fronted Geese at South Ardnaclach (North Shian) were best birds on today’s WeBS, 4 of them had neck collars (Robin Harvey).
Cowal: A male Goldeneye off the Coal Pier Dunoon. First one we’ve seen here! (Cherry Cook).
Tiree: Drake Green-winged Teal at Loch Bhasapol this afternoon, a juv Glaucous Gull at Rubha Chraiginis, 1f Common Scoter,1 Shelduck and 260 Sanderling (including 5 leg-flagged birds) at Balephetrish Bay. No further sign yet of white-phase Gyrfalcon reported on 4 Jan (John Bowler).
Mid-Argyll: At Loch Gilp 3 adult Little Gulls in with 85 Black-headed (recent increase in these), also 5 Red Knot and 2 Little Grebes there. At the Moine Mhor 8 Mistle Thrush (Strathmore) and 31 Redwings with 42 Fieldfares (at Drimvore). Also 4 Greenfinch and 75 Chaffinch at Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson).
North Argyll: A Little Egret sighted today & yesterday on Loch Laich, Appin (John Landale). 20 Wigeons, 2 drake Goosander, 12 Goldeneye in upper Loch Creran (Robin Harvey).
Mid-Argyll: The Moorhen which appeared on the Lusragan Burn, Connel, in December has been seen twice so far this year, though not today. However, a Dipper was on the burn this morning and a Grey Wagtail was nearby (Mike Harrison). Two female Bramblings at Stonefield, Tarbert also 4 male Siskins and 12 Goldfinch (Anne Lavelle).
Cowal: From his garden in Dunoon, Gearge Newall has been seeing feeding finches with Siskins (6+), Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, a male Brambling and 2-3 Redpolls one of which was pale and hopes to get a photo of that one.
Tiree: A white-phase Gyrfalcon seen at Balephertrish Bay on 4 Jan has been reported to John Bowler (Rebecca Boyd).
Mid-Argyll: an adult Little Gull again at the head of Loch Gilp at mid-day (David Jardine) and still there mid-afternoon (Jim Dickson).
Cowal: 42 Fieldfares and 6 Mistle Thrush near Deerpark, Glen Massan, also a single Black Grouse calling at Craigindive, Loch Striven (Alistair McGregor).
Mid-Argyll: Took a photo at Cairnbaan (through wet window) in garden of this huge Chaffinch….about the size of a Hawfinch or larger!! (Jim Dickson).
North Argyll: Appin – 2 hybrid Canada x Greylag Geese…..look very like Blue Snow Geese but have black bills. On Lismore at Eilean Loch Oscair a Black-throated Diver, at Port na Morglachd a Woodcock, at Achuaran 2 Treecreepers and 2 Kestrels – unusually both males. (David Jardine).
Kintyre: At the Sound of Gigha this morning appears fewer birds than usual however: 8 Whooper Swans N, 33 Great Northern Divers, 18 Slavonian Grebes, 108 Eiders, 28 Common Scoters, 41 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Black Guillemots. Also 367 White-fronted Geese, 19 Lapwings, 5 Mistle Thrush and 4 Fieldfares N of Tayinloan and a Greenshank plus 6 Shelducks at Kennacraig (Jim Dickson/Neil Hammatt).
Cowal: 1 Siskin in garden in Dunoon (first there since Aug) George Newall and Red-throated Diver midday yesterday, and 4 Turnstones, between Innellan and Dunoon (Cherry Cook).
Mid-Argyll: No sign of the Waxwings in Ardrishaig today however 2 Purple Sandpipers with 5 Turnstones on Duncuan island Loch Gilp with 4 Goosanders and 22 Eiders in the loch showing courtship display. Also 950 Herring Gulls and 35 GBB Gulls nr Lingerton dump (Jim Dickson). A Long-tailed Duck was between Isle of Danna and Keills this morning (Jon Close). Scott Paterson has been in touch to say a Nuthatch was at the Dalmally community garden feeders the last couple of days.
Mid-Argyll: 5 Greenland White-fronted Geese and a male Hen Harrier at Barsloisnoch, a Greenshank at the Add Estuary, 12 Redwings at Drimvore and 85 Chaffinch at Cairnbaan. Also a report of c 30 Waxwings in Ardrishaig (nr Ardfenaig) on 30 Dec (Jim Dickson).
Cowal: 28 Purple Sandpipers at Dunoon (crazy golf area) (George Newall).
Happy New Year!