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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

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).

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.

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