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Recent Reports of scarce & rare sightings 2020

17th January

TIREE: The Todd’s Canada Goose again with Barnacle Geese at Kirkapol (John Bowler).

TODD’S CANADA GOOSE – Tiree 17th Jan (John Bowler).

15th January

COWAL: An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL was found today at the Holy Loch (Neil Hammatt).

14th January

MID-ARGYLL: A WAXWING was found today in Oban at Millpark Road (David Jardine).

WAXWING – Oban, Mid-Argyll 14th Jan (David Jardine).








A small number of GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS have been noted over the last few weeks – including:  GLAUCOUS GULLS on TIREE: In Dec 2019 – 3w bird at Loch a’ Phuill (4th) and then at An Fhaodhail (17th), a 1cy bird at Gott Bay (21st Hayley Douglas), a 1cy bird at the Maze (26th Malcolm Steel), a 1cy bird at The Reef (31st). In 2020 –  an adult at Loch a’ Phuill Loch a’ Phuill on 4th Jan. In KINTYRE: a 1cy ICELAND GULL > S past Port Righ on 11 Dec 2019 (Alasdair Paterson). In MID-ARGYLL: a 3cy GLAUCOUS GULL at Loch Gilp on 7th & 11th Jan 2020 (Jim Dickson/David Jardine). COWAL: a 3cy GLAUCOUS GULL (originally ID’s as Iceland on 24th Dec 2019) at Loch Striven Dec into Jan 2020 (Neil Hammatt). On MULL: an adult ICELAND GULL at Loch Scridain on 14th Jan 2020 (Bryan Raines/Stephen Hiscock). On ISLAY: GLAUCOUS GULLS – a 1cy at Coull Point on 22nd Dec 2019 (C Mason), a 1cy at Gartbreck on 31st Dec 2019 (G Turnbull), an adult at Bunnahabhain on 9th Jan 2020 (G Turnbull).

Adult GLAUCOUS GULL – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 12th Jan (John Bowler).
3cy GLAUCOUS GULL – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll – 11th Jan (David Jardine).
Ad ICELAND GULL – Loch Scriday, Mull -14th Jan (Bryan Rains).

12th January

ISLAY: An unconfirmed report of 4 DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE at Gartbreck on 8th Jan (SNH goose counters per Malcolm Ogilvie).
TIREE: The male + female RING-NECKED DUCKS are still at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
COLONSAY: The CACKLING GOOSE at RSPB Oronsay – first seen on 17th Oct 2019 has remained present on the island (Andy Knight/Ryan Woodcock).

CACKLING GOOSE – with Barnacle Geese -Oronsay, Colonsay – taken on 20th Oct 2019 (Andy Knight).

10th January

KINTYRE:  Report of two RUDDY SHELDUCKS at Clochkeil, north Machrihanish yesterday per Catriona Laird. Presumably same two that were on Islay on 16-18 Dec 19.