From Mar 1st 2019 posts on this page are for scarce & rare sightings. Descriptions will be required for species listed by the Argyll, Scottish & British rare bird committees prior to their acceptance. Rare bird forms are available from Jim.
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The 2019 Argyll Bird Report (ABR31) is available here as a PDF download – (click above)
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
KINTYRE: A first-summer (2cy) MEDITERRANEAN GULL flew S at Machrihanish SBO this morning – also a Green Sandpiper and 4 Greater Scaup there (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: The first-summer BONAPARTE’S GULL is back at the Add Estuary this afternoon from 15.15 hrs. The ROSY STARLING was seen again at Blackmill Bay, Isle of Luing today (Richard Wesley).
MID-ARGYLL: A ROSY STARLING today at Blackmill Bay on the Isle of Luing (per Richard Wesley).
COLONSAY: A ROSY STARLING appeared at the RSPB buildings on Oronsay today (Andy Knight per David Jardine). This is the first record for Oronsay & Colonsay. Update: this bird was first found on 22 June (Andy Knight).
MULL: A nice red adult male COMMON ROSEFINCH was in gardens at Salen (Jacqui Murphy) then nearby (Felicity Pollard).
MID-ARGYLL: A 2cy (first-summer) BONAPARTE’S GULL at the Add Estuary – with 67 Black-headed Gulls and a single 2cy MEDITERRANEAN GULL – also 3 Sandwich Terns there (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: A ROSY STARLING seen in a Bowmore garden today (per Birdguides).
COWAL: A male HAWFINCH found today in a garden at Colintraive (Gill John).
TIREE: A fem/2cy RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER this pm in garden at Balephuil (John Bowler).
TIREE: A male GARGANEY in central Tiree (John Bowler).
COLL: A stunning pink adult ROSY STARLING was at Friesland Bay today (Mark Mitchell per John Bowler).
TIREE: A WOOD SANDPIPER was at Loch a’ Phuill this afternoon (John Bowler).
TIREE: A BLACK REDSTART today at Balinoe (John Bowler).
MULL: A TURTLE DOVE in a Lochdon garden this morning (Steve James per Alan Spellman).
TIREE: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL at Gott Bay today (John Bowler). First report for a few weeks..
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).
ISLAY: A first-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH in song at Kinnabus, The Oa this morning (David Wood).
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).
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).
MULL: A HOOPOE in a garden at Lochdon this afternoon (Jen Swift).
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).
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).
TIREE: A pair of GARGANEY this evening at Kilmoluaig (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A COMMON CRANE seen and photographed yesterday at Stewarton, nr Campbeltown by Sandy Mackinnon -per Steve Redwood.
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).
ISLAY: A DARK- BELLIED BRENT GOOSE (with a Pale-bellied) was off Port Ellen (Duncan MacNeill per David Wood).
MID-ARGYLL: A WAXWING today in a garden in Kilmartin (Gary Linstead) – then it moved to David Jardine’s garden nearby.
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).
MID-ARGYLL: An adult LITTLE GULL just off the front green at Loch Gilp at 9.50 am (Jim Dickson).
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).
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.
NORTH ARGYLL: A RED KITE this morning over Achnacreebeag , North Connel (David Bennett).
KINTYRE: A large Grey Heron sized egret – thought ‘likely’ a GREAT WHITE EGRET seen flying NE over Carradale golf course this evening (Alasdair Paterson).
ISLAY: A GREEN SANDPIPER was seen flying over Gruinart today (James How).
MID-ARGYLL: A report of a FIRECREST in the Oban area today.
TIREE: A Great Crested Grebe at Balephetrish Bay today – only my second in 19 years here (John Bowler).
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…
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).
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).
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).
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 🙂
KINTYRE: Some great pictures received today from Kevin Hamilton of the male MARSH HARRIER seen yesterday at Moss Road/ Darlochan Junction.
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!
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).