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Recent Reports of scarce & rare sightings 2019
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!
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).
KINTYRE: An adult/near adult Kumlien’s Gull flew S past the MSBO at 13:55 today (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: 2m and 1f Ring-necked Duck still at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
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).
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).
Tiree: A male Brambling new today in the garden at Balephuil – an unusual date for here (John Bowler).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
TIREE: The 3CY Ring-billed Gull again showing well at Sandaig today (John Bowler).
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).
COWAL: A Little Gull feeding amongst Black-headed Gulls about 200m offshore was spotted at Otter Ferry today (Jeremy Brock).
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)
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
TIREE: Todd’s Canada Goose still at Caoles (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: Now 2 Little Egrets at Kennacraig east bay (Terry Cawthorne).