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Recent Reports of scarce & rare sightings 2019
ISLAY: A first-summer (2CY) MEDITERRANEAN GULL was in with 150 Common Gulls at Bruichladdich today (Mike Peacock & Peter Roberts).
JURA: A report of a ROSY STARLING at Craighouse over the last week. Seen by Gary Turnbull again on Sat 13 Jul.
KINTYRE: A 2CY MEDITERRANEAN GULL was at Machrihanish SBO at 11:03hrs this morning – first at MSBO this year – it flew in from the north with a few Common Gulls (Eddie Maguire).
COWAL: A 3CY MEDITERRANEAN GULL was at Toward Point yesterday evening (Alistair McGregor).
MULL: A male MARSH HARRIER was at Treshnish farm (NW Mull) today- (Anand Prasad per Alan Spellman).
ISLAY: A male GOLDEN ORIOLE was seen flying along the roadside 1/4 mile south of the Laggan Bridge on B8016 at Avonvogie (Sandra & Ian Hardy).
MULL: According to Mullbirds website – the GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO has still been on Iona up to 29th June at least – therefore could perhaps still be on the island…
MULL: The GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO again near the hostel on Iona this morning.
MULL: The GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO again near the hostel on Iona from 10:40 am onwards (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: A ROSY STARLING is on the Isle of Luing at Toberonochy – apparently has been in a garden there for a week (per Richard Wesley.
MULL: The GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO is still at the north end of Iona – near the hostel (Bryan Rains).
MULL: An imm GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO was seen briefly at the north end of Iona late morning/mid-day – near the youth hostel/dunes area (Rudolf Hummel). Only one previous Scottish record – on Orkney in 1959!
COMMON QUAIL reports – males calling at Treshnish farm (NM) MULL on 17-19 June (Anand Prasad) and at Crossapol, TIREE on 18 June (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A ROSY STARLING was at Keppols Farm, Esknish today (per Ian Brooke).
COLONSAY: A male COMMON ROSEFINCH in song this morning at Loch Sgoltaire (David Jardine).
ISLAY: Update from David Wood – no further sign of the WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW today and was only seen briefly yesterday at Risabus the Oa when found.
ISLAY: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at The Oa this morning briefly and found by Bonnie Wood.
TIREE: A LITTLE STINT at Loch a’ Phuill today and the TURTLE DOVE still at the barns next to Loch an Eilein (John Bowler).
TIREE: A LITTLE STINT at Gott Bay today (Keith Gillon).
KINTYRE: A male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING was seen on a dyke at the south end of Gigha (Gigalum) around 15:50 hrs today by Keith Helm.
MULL: A TURTLE DOVE was at Salen this morning (Geoff Pain per Mullbirds) and a HOBBY was seen hunting dragonflies in fields at Grasspoint today (Steve Milton).
TIREE: A HOBBY reported on 6th June at feeding late pm at Milton (Christian Verstraete per John Bowler) and a TURTLE DOVE today nr Loch an Eilein (Keith Gillon).
MID-ARGYLL: A belated report of a male GOLDEN ORIOLE seen briefly on wires at Crinan on Thurs 30th May (per Brian MacDonald).
ISLAY: A report in the log book at Gruinart of a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Kilchiaran on Mon 3 June. No details of the finder given -please can they get in touch. Update 6/6/19 – feedback from someone who saw images of the bird taken indicates the bird was actually a Wheatear.
TIREE: Two 2CY LITTLE GULLS at Loch Bhasapol today (Keith Gillon).
KINTYRE: An exceptional flock of 21 (16 male and 5 female) VELVET SCOTER flew S past Machrihanish SBO at 11:25 today (Eddie Maguire). This is the largest number seen in Argyll since the 1970’s.
TIREE: A 2CY LITTLE GULL new on the machair at Loch a’ Phuill today and yesterday 3 TREE SPARROWS new at Hynish (John Bowler) – also a LITTLE EGRET flew east over Baugh – (Graham Todd).
MULL: At least 1 TREE SPARROW at Treshnish, Calgary today (Anand Prasad).
KINTYRE: A GREY PHALAROPE in breeding plumage was seen briefly some 300m off MSBO at 14:20hrs today in a WNW force 5 / squalls; however, it was staying mainly in the deep troughs and when seen very occasionally over the crest of a wave the jizz (slow rolling flight) and plumage were seen well (Eddie Maguire and Pip Ashley). Only the second ever May report for Argyll.
TIREE: The GULL-BILLED TERN again at Loch Riaghain today. Also 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT this evening at Balephuil (John Bowler).
TIREE: An elusive female RED-BACKED SHRIKE showed well briefly in the garden at Balephuil this morning (John Bowler).
MULL: A male HAWFINCH was at feeders in a garden (Victoria cottage) on Iona today (per Mullbirds).
TIREE: GULL-BILLED TERN again today – in central Tiree first thing on my breeding wader survey and then all afternoon at Loch Riaghain (John Bowler).
COLL: A female/imm MARSH HARRIER was seen at Bousd, Coll yesterday 19 May (Mark Mitchell RSPB warden).
TIREE: A GULL-BILLED TERN hawking over Loch a’ Phuill at midday today (the 3rd for Tiree & Argyll if accepted) – also 1 Little Egret and 1 Wood Sandpiper there (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A female/imm MARSH HARRIER was at the Gruinart reserve today (James How and also per visitor Jenny Wass).
Belated report of a COMMON CRANE – one was seen and photographed at Eastbacks farm, the Laggan, Kintyre on 6th May by Kevin Hamilton.
COWAL: A Hoopoe was a surprise for golfers our on the course at Blairmore and Strone Golf Club yesterday (Andrew Ferguson).
TIREE: More Dotterels passing through Argyll today with 4 found on Tiree (John Bowler with Robert Coleman)
COLONSAY: Following the earlier sightings on 5th May the handsome pair of Dotterels were fortunately captured by the camera of Alan Davis.
COLONSAY: A male and female Dotterel were feeding on the short grass of the golf course and showing well (Mike Peacock per J & A Smith)
MULL: A pair of GARGANEY at Craignure golf course today (Lizzy Grieve – Mull eagle ranger).
TIREE: An adult GREATER YELLOWLEGS was on west side of Loch a’ Phuill today in the drizzle from 12.20 to 14.00hrs when it headed off high to the west (John Bowler). Two previous Argyll records – in 1985 and in 2002.
COLONSAY: A 2CY SABINE’S GULL was seen with c200 Kittiwakes between the Garvellachs and Colonsay – also 2 Arctic Skuas seen (David Jardine et al).
ISLAY: Three DOTTEREL on the RSPB Oa reserve today (David Wood).
TIREE: Male and female RING-NECKED DUCKS at Loch Bhasapol and a female MANDARIN DUCK in a roadsise ditch at Cornaigmore which is another addition to the Tiree list (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A male HAWFINCH visited feeders at a garden in Bellochantuy today (Sally Nicholson).
ISLAY: A report of 3 AVOCETS at Laggan Farm by Lochan na Nigheadaireachd (Christina Tracey). Will be first record for Islay if accepted.
TIREE: The BLACK-WINGED STILT still at Heylipol pools but going elsewhere for long spells as well. Video footage on the ABC facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1913276852095925/
KINTYRE: A BLACK REDSTART was in Campbeltown today – a male at the Roading (Dick McFadzen per Eddie Maguire).
NORTH ARGYLL: Two STOCK DOVES at Ardtur today (David Jardine). An increasingly scarce bird in Argyll…
TIREE: A BLACK-WINGED STILT was found at the Heylipol pools this afternoon by Graham Todd. This is a new species for Argyll and only the 11th or 12th record for Scotland!