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SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 : SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 updated 22 May
Recent Reports 2017
MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull again at Loch Gilp and 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a Peregrine at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: a juv Glaucous Gull and 2 Little Terns at Gott Bay – an obvious increase in waders with 190 Ringed Plovers there and 4 new leg-flagged Sanderlings on 3 beaches. 2 Pale-bellied Brents at Balephetrish Bay. A Pink-footed Goose with 405 Barnacle Geese at Balephetrish (most of the 4,600 Barnies that wintered here and almost all of the 900 Greenland White-fronts have moved north). A male Chaffinch singing at Balephuil – a rare treat here – also a Willow Warbler, 5 Redwings and 2 Goldcrests there (John Bowler). 20+ Shelducks watched arriving from the south at Traigh Bhi (Rob Archer).
KINTYRE: a Stock Dove at Killellan Park, south Kintyre (Eddie Maguire / Rab Morton), and a report for 12 Apr with a Little Tern and a Bar-tailed Godwit just N of Kennacraig jetty (Eddie Maguire per Darragh Hudson).
COWAL: 29 Purple Sandpipers at Crazy Golf, Dunoon this afternoon (George Newall).
ISLAY: a Sedge Warbler was heard singing at Keills yesterday – first report (Gary Turnbull).
NORTH ARGYLL: a 2CY Iceland Gull, Kilcheran Loch, Lismore, also a 2CY Whooper Swan there (David Jardine). Also on Lismore a House Martin at Achnacroish and 2 Red-throated Divers and a Black Guillemot off the pier, from new resident to Lismore (Robert Croma).
MID-ARGYLL: a flock of 21 Kittiwakes flew up Loch Gilp then headed back south, also several Swallows in Lochgilphead now. 25 Sand Martins and 4 Swallows by the Crinan Ferry turnoff (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A massive flock of 7,500 Golden Plover at The Reef with 550 more at Loch a’ Phuill. 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Redwing and 1 Goldcrest at Balephuil. 5 Black-tailed Gowits at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler). 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Gott Bay, with 4 Little Terns, 44 Pale-bellied Brents (3 ringed) and 4 Purple Sandpipers later on at Gott Bay (Rob Archer).
KINTYRE: at the Machrihanish SBO the first Whimbrel (3) and a light movement of Razorbills with 210 >S / 3hrs (Eddie Maguire). Sand and House Martins at Low Smerby and a Common Sandpiper at Claonaig (Neil Hammatt).
COWAL: Nuthatches seen occasionally in my garden at Glenbranter, with a recent sighting of one there (Agnes MacPhillimy).
TIREE: a Whimbrel at Traigh Bhagh was the first arrival report for the island (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: at Lochgair today, garden sightings included a Sparrowhawk, 4 Bullfinch and a Nuthatch (John and Julie Sutton). A party of 7 Bullfinch were by the Crinan canal near Crinan (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: a 2014 colour ringed Twite at Machrihanish SBO is performing well on trips to NE Wales and back to MSBO and now has a very interesting history of doing so. Connaught’s Quay, Flintshire, NE Wales is 298km SSE of MSBO. Last re-trapped at MSBO on 7 Apr. The six journeys completed by this bird amount to 1,788km (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: two Little Terns at Salum Bay are the first Argyll arrivals (Rob Archer per John Bowler).
KINTYRE: just received a report of our first Cuckoo (7th April) at Clachan, Kintyre (Ged Connelly per Alasdair Paterson).
COWAL: 15 Purple Sandpipers and 29 Turnstones yesterday at Dunoon Crazy golf (George Newall).
In Benmore Gardens this morning – 2 singing Chiffchaffs, 3 singing Willow Warblers, a singing Blackcap, 2 Swallows and a Nuthatch in full song (Steve Petty).
TIREE: 3 juv Glaucous Gulls at Loch Bhasapol and 1 juv at Loch a’ Phuill – also 550 Golden Plover there. 29 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Gott Bay and 1 at Sorobaidh Bay. A total of 66 Black-tailed Godwits at 3 lochs (John Bowler). 200+ Marsh Fritillary caterpillars out on the sliabh in the sunshine (with Neil Ravenscroft).
MID-ARGYLL: the female Greater Scaup is still on Ballachuan Loch, Seil (David Jardine).
KINTYRE: at the Machrihanish SBO today 19 Great Northern Divers, 2 Common Scoters, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 White Wagtails and ca. 20 Bottle-nosed Dolphins (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: 1 Woodpigeon and 1 Collared Dove new at Balephuil – also 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Linnets and 2 Goldcrests there. Three White Wagtails new at Loch a’ Phuill plus 25 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 550 Golden Plovers and 20 Black-tailed Godwits there and 1 Grey Plover at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler), also 3 Sand Martins at Milton (Martin Finnigan).
MID-ARGYLL: two Common Sandpipers at Taynuilt towards Bonawe furnace (Stuart Edwards).
KINTYRE: another summer plumaged ‘Scandinavian’ Rock Pipit was found by Eddie Maguire at the Machrihanish Observatory today.
MID-ARGYLL: Willow Warblers now becoming more widespread e.g. several seen along the Crinan canal today (Colin MacFarlane et al) and around Kilmartin (Malcolm Chattwood et al).
First report of a male Ring Ouzel, in song, at Beinn Buidhe, Glen Fyne today (Graeme Garner).
MULL: first report of a Common Sandpiper with one today at Loch Beg (Bryan Rains/Steve Hiscock).
TIREE: 26 Whooper Swans north at Balephuil– also 1 Willow Warbler (first of spring there), also 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and 50 Redwings (latter with much sub-song) 3 Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Wheatears and 5 Manx Shearwaters at West Hynish and 1 Swallow at Barrapol (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: A Whimbrel on the shore of Loch Craignish, south of Ardfern this evening (David Jardine).
TIREE: 20 Black Guillemots on dawn count off Ceann a’ Mhara and 5 m Wheatear on shore; 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 18 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Sand Martin at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
COWAL: The first record this year of a Wood Warbler seen near Stonefield, Glen Massan this afternoon (Alistair McGregor)
NORTH ARGYLL: A pair of Gadwall at Ardtur pond this evening (David Jardine).
COWAL: A male Brambling joined two Lesser Redpolls in a garden this morning at Knockdow (George Newall). Also an Osprey on the Kilmun side of Holy Loch this afternoon. (Alistair McGregor)
KINTYRE: Today a first winter Iceland Gull at Campbeltown Harbour. (Eddie Maguire)
TIREE: Today, A juvenile Glaucous Gull, 4 Sand Martin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 PB Brent Geese and 28 Whooper Swans at Loch a’ Phuill; 1m Wheatear, 2 Linnet, 1 Barn Swallow, 1 Goldcrest and 50 Redwing at Balephuil; another juvenile Glaucous Gull and 5 Whoopers at Loch Bhasapol; 75 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Kenovay and 3,850 Golden Plover at The Reef (John Bowler)
KINTYRE: Today 62 Sanderling and 5 White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO. Also at Westport Marsh: 60 Eurasian Teal, 6 Northern Shoveler (4 males), 5 Little Grebe, 9 Moorhen and 6 displaying Lapwing. (Eddie Maguire). Two Sandwich Terns at Portrigh Bay, Carradale today (Alasdair Paterson).
TIREE: A group of circa 100 Brent Geese [pale bellied] today, with Greylags in a croft field opposite Loch Bhasapol (Stephanie Cope).
KINTYRE: The Black Swan and 5 Whoopers still present at Kilkivan, The Laggan today. Yesterday a Scandinavian Rock Pipit at Machrihanish SBO (Eddie Maguire)
TIREE: Amongst a flock of Sanderlings at Balemartin yesterday were three colour-ringed individuals. Two were ringed in Iceland in May 2016 and the third in the Netherlands in Aug 2016. (Richard Whitson)
MID-ARGYLL: a first sighting of a Nuthatch on a bird feeder in a garden at Lochgair (John and Julie Sutton). An Osprey was seen successfully fishing at Bellanoch today (Caroline Anderson).
TIREE: Yesterday a House Martin at Heylipol and today Corncrakes at Balinoe and Barrapol (Stephanie Cope).
MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull again at Loch Gilp this morning (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: two Greenshanks at Carradale Bay (Ged Connelly per Alasdair Paterson).
COWAL: a hybrid drake American x Eurasian Wigeon found today at the Holy Loch (George Newall, Alsitair McGregor).
TIREE: some recent photos and reports from Stephanie Cope on Tiree included a Wheatear at Sandaig on 26 Mar, colour-ringed Sanderlings at Sorobaidh Bay on 23 Mar, a sub-adult White-tailed Eagle at Crossapol on 29 Mar and several Glaucous Gulls still around the island. Also a 4.5m headless Minke whale dead stranded in Scarinish Harbour. Many thanks Stephanie.
ISLAY: the drake Green-winged Teal seen again at Gruinart (Richard Belter) and 3 Lapland Buntings at Ardnave (Mark Eden).
KINTYRE: at Westport Marsh today: 8 Greylags, 10 Shelducks, 2 Wigeons, 83 Teal, 5 Shoveler (3 males), a male Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 7 Moorhen and 9 Lapwing (much display) (Eddie Maguire).
KINTYRE: a Black Swan appeared with five Whoopers, a Pink-footed and 40 White-fronted Geese at Kilkivan, The Laggan today (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: a single Barn Swallow at Barrapol (Stephanie Cope).
ISLAY: a single Barn Swallow at Rockside (Bob Davison).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Chiffchaff singing in Benderloch today (Robin Harvey).
KINTYRE: arrivals at Machrihanish SBO included 2 Sandwich Terns resting on the shore and 2 Sand Martins passing N, also 2 Common Scoters passed S (Eddie Maguire).
COWAL: 26 Purple Sandpipers and 1 Turnstone today at Crazy Golf. 2 Lesser Redpolls with several Siskins on the niger feeders in the garden. At Knockdow yesterday no sign of Stock Doves but the usual Moorhens and a pair of Little Grebes. Chiffchaffs almost everywhere. (George Newall).
MID-ARGYLL: The Mandarin ducks have been back with us at Durran, Loch Awe the last couple of weeks and surprised me today by perching on a nest box! (Mary Stewart).
MULL: three Barn Swallows at Knock are out first Argyll reports (Damian Jamrozik per Alan Spellman).
MID-ARGYLL: the Pied-billed Grebe again (seen last summer) at Loch Feorlin…only showed for a few seconds in 2 hrs! Also 3 Sand Martins there (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: at least 5 White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO today and the regular leucistic adult Herring Gull put in an appearance (Eddie Maguire).
ISLAY: a Sandwich Tern was at Bruichladdich today (Peter Roberts). A report of a Great Grey Shrike at Avonvoggie (per Ian Brooke) was perhaps same as earlier bird on Islay.
MID-ARGYLL: a flock of 10 Redwings were enjoying the evening sunshine in Connel today and a Moorhen was on the Lusragan Burn in Connel. This could well be the same bird as was first seen there in December (Mike Harrison).
MID-ARGYLL: another Chiffchaff heard today at Oban High School (Blair Urquhart). A singing Stock Dove at Slockavulin today and at least 3 singing Chiffchaffs (David Jardine).
COWAL: a Chiffchaff was in song at Bischop’s Glen, Dunoon (George Newall).
MID-ARGYLL: 3 female Greater Scaup still at Ballachuan Loch, Seil, 1 Chiffchaff – Balvicar lagoons and at least 8, possibly 10 Northern Wheatears on Luing (David Jardine).
COWAL: now only 14 Purple Sandpipers at Dunoon crazy golf (George Newall). A pair of Red-legged Partridges was displaying in our garden at Ardentinny and a singing Chiffchaff there also (Steve Petty)
KINTYRE: a single Willow Warbler was in Katie Pendreigh’s garden at Tayinloan this morning.
MID-ARGYLL: a Chiffchaff was in song today at Achnabreck at 13:30… up by the carved stones (Blair Urquhart).
KINTYRE: two White Wagtails at Uisead Point, MSBO. Also 63 Lesser Black-backed Gulls past N today (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: a pair of Goldeneyes were displaying and mating at Loch Gilp, also 3 Little Gulls there (an adult + 2 first-winters = 5 different birds there this year) (Jim Dickson).
Three female Greater Scaup with four Tufted Ducks were at Ballachuan Loch, Seil and possibly the first Scaup records for Seil.. (David Jardine).
MID-ARGYLL: a male Northern Wheatear this morning along the shore at Lingerton dump, Loch Gilp (Andrew Tongue). A 2CY Iceland Gull in a field 2km NE of Oban this morning (Jim Dickson).
NORTH ARGYLL: the Little Egret was again at Dalrannoch, Loch Creran. Photo taken through the barge window (Laurance Larmour).
TIREE: at least 306 Whooper Swans counted passing through Tiree today – most touched down briefly in heavy squalls before heading north again. Three juv Glaucous Gulls – singles at Loch Bhasapol, Crossapol and Balephetrish and 100’s of Black-headed Gulls and dozens of Lesser Black-backed Gulls around now (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: an adult Iceland Gull flew past the Machrihanish Seabird Observatory (Eddie Maguire).
NORTH ARGYLL: I work at Loch Creran north of Oban and was interested to see a Little Egret through the window six feet away from me, perched on the handrail of our barge as I sat eating lunch today (Laurance Larmour).
TIREE: two Goldcrests and 1 Goldfinch at Balephuil, 2 Goldfinch at Balinoe, 2,450 Golden Plovers and 120 Turnstones at the Reef and a juv Glaucous Gull at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
ISLAY: a Sand Martin (our first report) and a House Martin at the RSPB Gruinart floods and male & female Peregrine plus an adult White-tailed Eagle there (Mike Peacock).
MULL: a Northern Wheatear near Gribun today (Jacqui Murphy per Alan Spellman).
KINTYRE: an Osprey was seen sitting on top of a wooden power line pole this afternoon just north of Campbeltown (Katie Pendreigh). A single Manx Shearwater was off Machrihanish SBO after a heavy shower (Eddie Maguire).
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).