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Recent Reports of scarce & rare sightings 2019

29th May

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).

2CY LITTLE GULL – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 29th May (John Bowler).
TREE SPARROWS – Hynish, Tiree 28th May (John Bowler).

26th May

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.

23rd May

TIREE: The GULL-BILLED TERN again at Loch Riaghain today. Also 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT this evening at Balephuil (John Bowler).

21st May

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).

HAWFINCH – Iona, Mull 21st May (Laurence Potter)

20th May

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).

GULL-BILLED TERN – Tiree 20th May (John Bowler).
GULL-BILLED TERN – Tiree 20th May (John Bowler).
GULL-BILLED TERN – Tiree 20th May (John Bowler).

17th May

TIREE: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).

MARSH HARRIER – Gruinart, Islay 17th May (Jenny Wass).
GULL-BILLED TERN – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 17th May (John Bowler).

16th May

Belated report of a COMMON CRANE – one was seen and photographed at Eastbacks farm, the Laggan, Kintyre on 6th May by Kevin Hamilton.

COMMON CRANE – Laggan, Kintyre 6th May (Kevin Hamilton)

14th May

COWAL: A Hoopoe  was a surprise for golfers our on the course at Blairmore and Strone Golf Club yesterday (Andrew Ferguson).

8th May

TIREE:  More Dotterels passing through Argyll today with 4 found on Tiree (John Bowler with Robert Coleman)

DOTTERELS – Tiree – 8th May (John Bowler).

6th May

COLONSAY: Following the earlier sightings on 5th May the handsome pair of Dotterels were fortunately captured by the camera of Alan Davis.

DOTTEREL – Colonsay – 6th May (Alan Davis).
DOTTERELS – Colonsay – 6th May (Alan Davis).

5th May

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)

1st May

MULL: A pair of GARGANEY at Craignure golf course today (Lizzy Grieve – Mull eagle ranger).

GARGANEY pr – Craignure, Mull 1st May (Lizzy Grieve)

28th April

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.

26th April

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).

23rd April

ISLAY: Three DOTTEREL on the RSPB Oa reserve today (David Wood).

DOTTERELS – The Oa, Islay – 23rd Apr (David Wood).

20th April

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).

Female MANADRIN DUCK – Tiree 20th Apr (John Bowler).

19th April

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.

HAWFINCH – Bellochantuy, Kintyre 19th Apr (Sally Nicholson)
HAWFINCH – Bellochantuy, Kintyre 19th Apr (Sally Nicholson)

17th April

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
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…

BLACK-WINGED STILT – Heylipol, Tiree 17th Apr (Jim Dickson).
BLACK-WINGED STILT – Heylipol, Tiree 17th Apr (Jim Dickson).
BLACK-WINGED STILT – Heylipol, Tiree 17th Apr (Jim Dickson).


16th April

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!

BLACK-WINGED STILT – Heylipol, Tiree 16th Apr (John Bowler).
BLACK-WINGED STILT – Heylipol, Tiree 16th Apr (John Bowler).

10th April

MULL: A report of a Hobby at Bunessan (Simon Evans per Mullbirds/Alan Spellman). Await further details to confirm sighting.
MID-ARGYLL: A ‘possible’ distant sighting of a Golden Oriole nr Loch Ederline today (Iain Wragg).

20th March

KINTYRE: An adult/near adult Kumlien’s Gull flew S past the MSBO at 13:55 today (Eddie Maguire).

KUMLIEN’S GULL MSBO, Kintyre 20th Mar (Eddie Maguire).
KUMLIEN’S GULL MSBO, Kintyre 20th Mar (Eddie Maguire).

5th March

TIREE: 2m and 1f Ring-necked Duck still at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).

RING -NECKED DUCKS – Tiree 5th March (John Bowler).

2nd March

ISLAY: A drake Green-winged Teal was at the distillery pond, Port Charlotte today (Mike Peacock). This appears to be a new bird in addition to the drake at Gruinart floods (per Ian Brooke).

Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL – Port Charlotte, Islay 2nd Mar (Mike Peacock).

19th February

Tiree: Three Ring-necked Ducks (2m, 1f) still at Loch Bhasapol today (John Bowler). An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull N at Balephuil on 17 Feb – first of spring here (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: The Pied-billed Grebe was seen again at Loch Feorlin today – last report was back in early Nov (David Jardine).

RING -NECKED DUCKS – Tiree 19th Feb (John Bowler).


15th February

Tiree: A male Brambling new today in the garden at Balephuil – an unusual date for here (John Bowler).

BRAMBLING – Balephuil, Tiree 15th Feb (John Bowler).

14th February

TIREE: A Juvenile Glaucuous Gull at Traigh Bhagh this afternoon (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: An adult Lesser Black Backed Gull at Loch Gilp today – first of year there (Jim Dickson).

GLAUCOUS GULL – Tiree 14th Feb (John Bowler).

12th February

TIREE: A Juvenile Iceland Gull with Common Gulls on machair SW of Loch a’ Phuill and the 3CY Ring-billed Gull again at Sandaig (John Bowler).

11th February

TIREE: A juvenile Glaucous Gull at Balephetrish Bay and a Jack Snipe at Cnu Lochanan (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A drake Green-winged Teal has been at Gruinart the last few days (description required please from finders – per Ian Brooke). Mike Peacock sent through some great shot he took of a Merlin at Loch Gorm today.
KINTYRE: Little Egret was at Kennacraig on 4 Feb at least (Campbell Fox per Eddie Maguire).

GLAUCOUS GULL – Balephetrish Bay, Tiree 11th Feb (John Bowler).
MERLIN – Loch Gorm, Islay 11th Feb (Mike Peacock).
MERLIN – Loch Gorm, Islay 11th Feb (Mike Peacock).

10th February

MID-ARGYLL: There was a Little Egret at Danna causeway, Loch na Cille (Tayvallich), with sightings on and off there since mid December. There were also 117 White-fronted Geese nearby at Coshandrochaid (Morag Rea). 14 Black Guillemots resplendent in full breeding plumage displaying off sea wall at esplanade about 200m from North Harbour, Oban, and investigating nest holes (Neil Rankine).

DIPPER – River Sorn, Islay 10th Feb (Mike Peacock).

6th February

MID & NORTH ARGYLL: Fairly quiet bird-wise recently away from Islay & Tiree however Robin Harvey has been out and about – on 4th Feb – Loch Laich, Appin: Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Greenshank 1, Redshank 9, Curlew 12, Oystercatcher 23, Wigeon 58, Little Grebe 3. On 4th Feb – Dalrannoch: 94 Teal and 28 Wigeon and on 5th Feb – Loch Luachrach, Oban: 5 Whooper Swans including one immature, 1 Mute Swan and 7 Goldeneye.
Several reports of Barn Owls recently seen in daylight hours and Christine Blackwell reports that many birds are in poor condition just now and quite vulnerable.

2nd February

TIREE: The 3CY Ring-billed Gull again showing well at Sandaig today (John Bowler).

3CY RING-BILLED GULL – Sandaig, Tiree 2nd Feb (John Bowler).

28th January

MID-ARGYLL: A Barn Owl hunting over a field adjacent to the road near Cairnbaan was a pleasant surprise whilst on the way home from work today. (Malcolm Chattwood). A White-Tailed Eagle has been regularly seen at Braevallich (Loch Awe) over recent weeks and on the road between there and Ford 18 Woodcock were seen along the roadside tonight (Alan Dykes).
COWAL:  Yesterday, two White-tailed Eagles were being mobbed by a pair of Hoodies at Otter Ferry followed by a further two single birds this afternoon (Yvonne McCrone).

24th January

COWAL: A Little Gull feeding amongst Black-headed Gulls about 200m offshore was spotted at Otter Ferry today (Jeremy Brock).

22nd January

COWAL:  A spell of wintry weather didn’t deter Alistair McGregor and George Newall from venturing out to complete their WeBS count at Holy Loch which included a pair of Dunlin amongst 32 Ringed Plover, 26 Turnstone and a Red-throated Diver.
TIREE: 3 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Scaup, 6 Gadwall and 147 Whooper Swans at Loch a’ Phuill, 1 Todd’s Canada Goose still at Caoles, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Pintail at Loch Riaghain (John Bowler)

REDSHANK & GREENSHANK – Holy Loch, Cowal 22nd Jan (Alistair McGregor).

BLACK GUILLEMOT – Holy Loch, Cowal 22nd Jan (Alistair McGregor).
GREENFINCH – Holy Loch, Cowal 22nd Jan (Alistair McGregor).


20th January

NORTH ARGYLL: On WeBS counts today – at Balure of Shian there was a Greenshank and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. At Dalrannoch, 49 Teal and later a Little Egret turned up. There were 17 Greenland White-fronts at North Shian (Robin Harvey).
MID-ARGYLL: WeBS highlihghts on a flat calm Loch Gilp today – a Long-tailed Duck, a Slavonian Grebe, 4 Black-throated and 5 Red-throated Divers (David Jardine).

19th January

KINTYRE: On Gigha today – 2CY male Shoveler at Ardminish Bay and a European White-fronted Goose – with Greylags at Cuddypool Bay (David Jardine).
A quick trip round northern Kintyre this morning, highlights were 3 Slavonian Grebe off Rhunhaorine Point (and later a single off Ardrishaig car park),  5 Long-tailed Duck (all males) off the ferry terminal at Tayinloan; ring-tailed Hen Harrier above the road to Skipness; 2 Greenshank and 19 Common Snipe at the Kennacraig ferry terminal, and another Greenshank and a Little Egret opposite the West Loch Hotel (Jonathan Platt).

18th January

COWAL: Today on the River Massan , near Deerpark, there were 8 Mandarin duck, also the Greenshank is showing well from the Holy Loch hide (Alistair McGregor).

GREENSHANK – Holy Loch, Cowal 18th Jan (Alistair McGregor).
MANDARINS – River Massan, Cowal 18th Jan (Alistair McGregor).

17th January

MID-ARGYLL: A Little Egret still in the Ulva lagoons area (Caroline Anderson).
ISLAY: A Little Egret has remained at Loch Gruinart having been noted the last few days (per Ian Brooke).
TIREE: An adult White-tailed Eagle at Loch a’ Phuill at lunchtime, also 3 Ring-necked Duck, 1m Green-winged Teal, and theTodd’s Canada Goose still at Caoles (John Bowler).
COWAL: George Newall saw a male Blackcap in his Dunoon garden yesterday.


15th January

TIREE: 3CY Ring-billed Gull again at Sandaig and 3 Ring-necked Ducks (1m, 1f, 1 imm m) still at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

3CY RING-BILLED GULL – Sandaig, Tiree 15th Jan (John Bowler).

14th January

TIREE: Todd’s Canada Goose still at Caoles (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: Now 2 Little Egrets at Kennacraig east bay (Terry Cawthorne).

LITTLE EGRETS – Kennacraig, Kintyre (Terry Cawthorne).

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