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Recent Reports of scarce & rare sightings 2020

In the current difficult times we hope that you can still enjoy some good bird watching either at home or while out exercising. We will keep track of summer migrants arriving and produce a regularly updated table. Please send any early migrant sightings to Jim at Many thanks and keep safe 🙂

SPRING MIGRANTS TABLE (update 05/5/20): SPRING MIGRANTS – click here

2nd June

TIREE: A WOOD SANDPIPER was at Loch a’ Phuill this afternoon (John Bowler).

1st June

TIREE: A BLACK REDSTART today at Balinoe (John Bowler).
MULL: A TURTLE DOVE in a Lochdon garden this morning (Steve James per Alan Spellman).

TURTLE DOVE – Lochdon, Mull 1st Jun (Steve James)
BLACK REDSTART – Balinoe, Tiree 1st Jun (John Bowler)

27th May

TIREE: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL at Gott Bay today (John Bowler). First report for a few weeks..

GLAUCOUS GULL – Gott Bay, Tiree -27th May (John Bowler)

21st May

TIREE: A lovely bright ICTERINE WARBLER in the rose rugosa bushes at Meningie this evening, showed well briefly a couple of times but then went to ground (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A female-type MARSH HARRIER near the Machrihanish air base early evening (Clive McKay).

19th May

ISLAY: A first-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH in song at Kinnabus, The Oa this morning (David Wood).

COMMON ROSEFINCH – The Oa, Islay 19th May (David Wood).

15th May

COWAL: A single DOTTEREL at a site in central Cowal this evening (Neil Hammatt).
MID-ARGYLL: The RUDDY SHELDUCK was back at the Add Estuary this evening (David Jardine).

14th May

MID-ARGYLL: A RUDDY SHELDUCK at Loch Crinan – found at mid-day (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: Female GARGANEY still at Kilmoluaig and a LESSER WHITETHROAT briefly in garden at Balephuil (John Bowler).

RUDDY SHELDUCK – Loch Crinan, Mid-Argyll 14th May (Jim Dickson).

13th May

MULL: A HOOPOE in a garden at Lochdon this afternoon (Jen Swift).

HOOPOE – Lochdon, Mull 13th May (Jen Swift).

9th May

MULL: A report of a NIGHTJAR ‘churring’ at Salen after 10pm on 8th May,  also a male HAWFINCH in their garden in Salen today! (Mike & Jacqui Murphy).

HAWFINCH – Salen, Mull 9th May (J&M Murphy).
HAWFINCH – Salen, Mull 9th May (J&M Murphy).

8th May

MULL: A report of two NIGHTJARS that flew up from the side of the road nr the Mishnish Lochs (west of Tobermory) on 6th May at 15.30 – hopefully more details to come..(Steve Wilburn per Alan Spellman).

5th May

TIREE: A pair of GARGANEY this evening at Kilmoluaig (John Bowler).

GARGANEY – Tiree 5th May (John Bowler).

4th May

KINTYRE: A COMMON CRANE seen and photographed yesterday at Stewarton, nr Campbeltown by Sandy Mackinnon -per Steve Redwood.

COMMON CRANE – Stewarton Kintyre 3rd May (Sandy MacKinnon)
COMMON CRANE – Stewarton Kintyre 3rd May (Sandy MacKinnon)

23rd April

MID-ARGYLL: A female HAWFINCH was at feeders today in Slockavullin (Chris & Helen Maddox).
MULL: A male HAWFINCH was reported from Tobermory – seen on 16th Apr (Jane Clutterbuck).

HAWFINCH – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 23.4.20 (Chris & Helen Maddox).








ISLAY: A DARK- BELLIED BRENT GOOSE (with a Pale-bellied) was off Port Ellen (Duncan MacNeill per David Wood).

Dark-bellied Brent (right) Islay 23rd Apr (Duncan MacNeill).
Dark-bellied Brent (left) Islay 23rd Apr (Duncan MacNeill).

20th April

MID-ARGYLL: A WAXWING today in a garden in Kilmartin (Gary Linstead) – then it moved to David Jardine’s garden nearby.

WAXWING – Kilmartin, Mid-Argyll 20th Apr (David Jardine).

19th April

MULL: An adult STONE CURLEW seen today on a Ross of Mull beach (Nigel Shannon). One previous Argyll record – at Loch Gruinart, Islay on 23-23th May 1997.
COLL: A female HAWFINCH was in a garden at Arinagour today (Pauline White).

STONE CURLEW – Mull 19th Apr (Nigel Shannon).
STONE CURLEW – Mull 19th Apr (Nigel Shannon).

18th April

MID-ARGYLL: An adult LITTLE GULL just off the front green at Loch Gilp at 9.50 am (Jim Dickson).

LITTLE GULL – Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll 18th Apr (Jim Dickson).

17th April

ISLAY: A BLACK REDSTART today at Kinnabus on The Oa (Bonnie Wood).
KINTYRE: A fall of 100+ Willow Warblers today at Machrihanish in stands of gorse (Jo Goudie/David Millward).
MULL: A PIED FLYCATCHER in song at Aros coastal path, Tobermory on 16th Apr (Stuart Gibson).

BLACK REDSTART – The Oa, Islay -17th Apr (Bonnie Wood).

15th April

MID-ARGYLL: A PIED FLYCATCHER at Ballymeanoch (N of Lochgilphead) was a good reward today for David Jardine while helping out folk who are self-isolating.

12th April

NORTH ARGYLL: A RED KITE this morning over Achnacreebeag , North Connel (David Bennett).

RED KITE – North Argyll 12th Apr (David Bennett).

8th April

KINTYRE: A large Grey Heron sized egret – thought ‘likely’ a GREAT WHITE EGRET seen flying NE over Carradale golf course this evening (Alasdair Paterson).

5th April

ISLAY: A GREEN SANDPIPER was seen flying over Gruinart today (James How).

4th April

MID-ARGYLL: A report of a FIRECREST in the Oban area today.

1st April

TIREE: A Great Crested Grebe at Balephetrish Bay today – only my second in 19 years here (John Bowler).

30th March

COWAL: A HAWFINCH was seen briefly this morning in a garden at Meldalloch (Lesley Maw).
ARGYLL: An up date on LITTLE EGRETS – birds still present in Kintyre (at least 2), Islay (2), North Argyll (1, possibly 3), Cowal (at least 2) and Mid-Argyll (at least 2). Photo of the Loch Gilp bird today in a cold wind…

LITTLE EGRET – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 30th Mar (Jim Dickson).

29th March

TIREE: A 3cy GLAUCOUS GULL at Sorobaidh Bay today (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A male MARSH HARRIER was reported from Sunderland farm today (per Malcolm Ogilvie).

3cy GLAUCOUS GULL – Tiree 29th Mar (John Bowler).

26th March

ISLAY: A STOCK DOVE at the RSPB Oa reserve was a new area tick for the warden David Wood (per Islaybirdblog). Also now 2 drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Gruinart floods – reported there on 24th Mar (James How).

22nd March

TIREE: First BLACK-TAILED GODWIT arrivals today with 5 birds at Sandaig. Also 3 WHEATEARS reported from Totronald, Coll (John Bowler).
NORTH ARGYLL: A RED KITE was seen over Barcaldine campsite today (Will Currie).

RED KITE – Barcaldine 22nd Mar (Will Currie).
BLACK-TAILED GODWITS – Sandaig, Tiree 22nd Mar (John Bowler).

21st March

MULL: A RED KITE reported by Ewan Miles at Dervaig today.
SPRING MIGRANTS: Reports of SAND MARTINS in Mid-Argyll and WHEATEARS from three sites on Mull today. Please send in any early migrant reports to many thanks 🙂


14th March

KINTYRE: Some great pictures received today from Kevin Hamilton of the male MARSH HARRIER seen yesterday at Moss Road/ Darlochan Junction.

MARSH HARRIER – Kintyre 13th Mar (Kevin Hamilton)
MARSH HARRIER – Kintyre 13th Mar (Kevin Hamilton)
MARSH HARRIER – Kintyre 13th Mar (Kevin Hamilton)
MARSH HARRIER – Kintyre 13th Mar (Kevin Hamilton)

13th March

COWAL: Andrew McFarlane sent in these Nuthatch photos taken at Benmore Gardens today – which reminds us to ask anyone who has records of this species to send them in and also to be on the look out and listen for them in the coming weeks when they become more territorial. This will help us to survey the continued expansion across Argyll – many thanks!

NUTHATCH – Cowal -13th Mar (Andrew McFarlane).
NUTHATCH – Cowal -13th Mar (Andrew McFarlane).








KINTYRE: A report of a Scandinavian Rock Pipit today from Machrihanish SBO (Eddie Maguire). Also another MARSH HARRIER report from the Moss Road north junction area today – this time a male bird (Kevin Hamilton).

11th March

KINTYRE: A female/juv male type MARSH HARRIER around 08.30 today at Bleachfield (nr Machrihanish airfield) seen by Kevin Hamilton.

9th March

ISLAY: A LAPLAND BUNTING reported at Coullabus in a field with Skylarks today (Dave & Jean Killick).

5th March

MID-ARGYLL: A sub-adult male MARSH HARRIER has been frequenting Ardmaddy and across to Seil Island since 3rd March (per Jan Wolfe et al).

MARSH HARRIER – Seil Island, Mid-Argyll (John Speirs).

2nd March

KINTYRE: A juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL today from the A83 junction with road to Machrihanish airport – nr Kilkenzie (Neil Hammatt). Also an ICELAND GULL (age?) reported via e-birder opposite the Oyster Bar, Loch Fyne Mid-Argyll.

Juv GLAUCOUS GULL – Kintyre 2nd Mar (Neil Hammatt).
Juv GLAUCOUS GULL – Kintyre 2nd Mar (Neil Hammatt).

7th February

MID-ARGYLL: The adult male PIED-BILLED GREBE is back (did it leave?) at Loch Feorlin – seen this am by David Jardine.

PIED-BILLED GREBE – Loch Feorlin, Mid-Argyll 7th Feb (David Jardine).

5th February

TIREE: Pair on RING-NECKED DUCKS still at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: The two RUDDY SHELDUCKS were seen again today on road towards Sound of Machrihanish village.

Pair of RING-NECKED DUCKS – Loch Bhasapol, Tiree 5th Feb (John Bowler).
RUDDY SHELDUCK – Kintyre 5th February (Jim Dickson).
RUDDY SHELDUCK – Kintyre 5th February (Jim Dickson).

4th February

TIREE: Sea-watch off Aird produced highlight of 1 Little Auk in NW7-8  (John Bowler).

26th January

KINTYRE: The two RUDDY SHELDUCKS have been seen again at Clochkeil, Machrihanish today (Kevin Hamilton).

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).

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