Sightings


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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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Recent Reports of scarce & rare sightings 2019

8th January

MID-ARGYLL: A Little Egret today at the Ulva Lagoon – SW of Tayvallich (Morag Rea) and apparently there since 16 Dec. The two adult Little Gulls still off the front green at Lochgilphead today around 11 am…also a Dipper on the burn W of the caravan park (Jim Dickson).

LITTLE EGRET – Ulva Lagoon, Mid-Argyll 8th Jan (Morag Rea).

7th January

MID-ARGYLL: At head of Loch Gilp early pm – 2 adult Little Gulls (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: Sea-watch highlight of off Aird late this pm in NW7 was 3 Little Auks (John Bowler).

LITTLE GULLS – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 7th Jan (Jim Dickson).

6th January

TIREE: All 3 Ring-necked Ducks (m, f and imm m) together again at Loch a’ Phuill in the gloom today (John Bowler).


4th January

TIREE: 1m and 1f Ring-necked Duck at Loch a’ Phuill today – no obvious sign of the GW Teal. 3CY Ring-billed Gull on the machair on the west side of Loch a’ Phuill with 120+ Common Gull. 1 Fieldfare with 30 Redwing at Meningie. Now 18 Jackdaws plus 1 Rook at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A Little Egret was seen again at the head of West Loch Tarbert (Robert Swift).


3rd January

ISLAY: A leucistic Common Gull back (or different bird) on Machair bay today, I wonder where it has been since February last year (Mike Peacock).
MID-ARGYLL: A great sighting of a Golden Eagle on a sheep carcass today. It was between Bun an Loch and Doide Cottage about a mile south of Castle Sween (Ali Ross).

Leucistic + 1W COMMON GULLS – Machir Bay, Islay 3rd Jan (Mike Peacock).

2nd January

TIREE: A drake Green-winged Teal, 3 Ring-necked Duck (1m,1f,1 imm m), 1m Pochard, 1 imm/f Scaup, 6 Gadwall and 9 Shoveler at Loch a’ Phuill. Todd’s Canada Goose again at Caoles – also there on 31 Dec – Christian Verstraete. Interesting Aythya duck (potential 1w f Lesser Scaup) at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: Just seen my first Nuthatch through kitchen window at home. Earlier at Lochgilphead front green watched  a Kingfisher hunting. (David Pearson).


1st January

MID-ARGYLL: Female Kingfisher and juv Iceland Gull at head of Loch Gilp, Purple Sandpiper at Duncuan Island and a Coot at Loch Ceann a’ Chroin (David Jardine)


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