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SPRING MIGRANTS 2021
Please report sightings you have of spring migrant arrivals to Jim at the email above.
A table for the migrants reported so far (please click): ARGYLL SPRING MIGRANTS 12.06.2021
The 2020 Argyll Bird Report PDF (please click): ARGYLL BIRD REPORT 32 2020
Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2021
ISLAY: Another ROSY STARLING in Argyll making around ten or more reports in total – at Ardnave Point this morning (per Birdguides).
MID-ARGYLL: The ROSY STARLING at Dalavich still there for its second day (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: A new ROSY STARLING – seen late morning in a Gigha garden (Keith Helm).
MULL: The ROSY STARLING at Lochdon there for its second day (Steve Hiscock per Alan Spellman).
MID-ARGYLL: A ROSY STARLING seen today in a garden at Dalavich (Adrienne Watson).
MULL: A ROSY STARLING today in Lochdon (John & Angela Preston per Mullbirds) and one on 12 Jun in Bunessan (Tony Jefree per Mullbirds).
ISLAY: A SPOTTED CRAKE was heard calling in the early hours of today in the Gartmain area (David Dinsley).
ISLAY: A TURTLE DOVE was in Port Ellen today (per David Dinsley).
MID-ARGYLL: A report of a ROSY STARLING in Ardrishaig however no further details.
MULL: A ROSY STARLING was in a garden at Bunessan today (Tony Jefree).
MULL: An adult ROSY STARLING was reported at the north end of Iona today (per Birdguides).
TIREE: A QUAIL was at Balephuil yesterday afternoon and again this morning (John Bowler).
COLONSAY: A GREEN SANDPIPER was at Baleromindhu today (David Jardine).
TIREE: The 2cy male COMMON ROSEFINCH was seen again in Balephuil (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: A male BLACK REDSTART was seen in central Lochgilphead late evening (Chris Griffin).
MID-ARGYLL: An adult ROSY STARLING at Balvicar, Seil Island today, first seen yesterday (Kim Lappin).
TIREE: A first-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH today at Balephuil (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A fem/2cy male type BLACK REDSTART was at Largiebaan Farm on Tues 1st Jun (Angus Murray, Alan Wood).
MULL: An adult ROSY STARLING was reported from Pennyghael. No further details at present.
TIREE: A pair of SMEW were found on Loch Riaghain today – first Argyll record since 2012 and first on Tiree for over 100 years! (John Bowler).
COLL: A BLYTH’S REED WARBLER in song today (Greg Smith).
COLONSAY: A male GARGANEY was at Garvard today (Ian Fisher & David Jardine).
ISLAY: A male GARGANEY this evening at the south hide RSPB Loch Gruinart (James How).
JURA: A drake MANDARIN was found at Craighouse on 17th May (Colin Bayfield) and a first report for the island.
TIREE: A pair of RED-BILLED CHOUGH were seen on the island just prior to 21st May (exact date still unknown) – (Jane Clark per David Jardine).
MID-ARGYLL: A GREAT REED WARBLER heard giving a burst of song in scrub by the graveyard behind The Tree Shop, Cairndow at 9.20 am – seen a couple of times briefly – a Song Thrush sized reed warbler type bird (obviously larger than Blackcap there), plain brown above and pale below and a white supercillium (Hugh Nicol). Area checked between 13.30 and 15.00 but no sign of it (Jim Dickson).
COLONSAY: A drake GARGANEY found today at Ardskenish (Alison & Nick Blinston).
TIREE: An adult LITTLE GULL at Balinoe today but no sign of the Gull-billed Tern (John Bowler).
ISLAY: High passage wader numbers reported at Loch Gruinart today with c 4,500 Dunlin, 1,200 Ringed Plover, 50 Knot, 4 Ruff and 1 Little Stint.
TIREE: A GULL-BILLED TERN was at Loch a’ Phuill – dip-feeding but mobile and headed off north-east (earlier seen around a gull colony at Balinoe at 16:15).
MULL: A MARSH HARRIER was seen near Griburn today (Steve Fryday per Anand Prasad).
MID-ARGYLL: A flock of c 16 white-phase SNOW GEESE appeared from the NW and flew over Lochgilphead/Loch Gilp and carried on south down Loch Fyne around 2.15 pm (Lynsey Gibson). This ties in with 21 Snow Geese on Lewis yesterday and reports of flocks elsewhere in the UK now. These are presumed to be feral birds from sites in England rather than wild transatlantic vagrants.
A belated report of a WESTERN CATTLE EGRET has been received by Janet & David Jardine from James MacLellan at West Drimvore. Video was taken of an egret there on 22 Oct 2020 and has only now been confirmed as this species – a first record for mainland Argyll, however 3-4 previous reports in total from Islay/Mull & Tiree.
MULL: The COMMON CRANE was still present in NW Mull however seen flying off from Quinish.
NORTH ARGYLL: A report of a single WOOD SANDPPER today.
COWAL: A report of what appears to be a male GOSHAWK high over Innellan today (per Katie Flynn).
MULL: A COMMON CRANE was seen flying over Treshnish farm NM Mull around 1 pm (Anand Prasad).
ISLAY: A drake GARGANEY was at RSPB Loch Gruinart this afternoon (James How).
MULL: A report of a HOBBY near the Ulva Ferry turn-off this morning (Michael and Rosemary Knight) – further details/description required.
MULL: A GREEN SANDPIPER at Lochbuie today (Lee Dutton).
MULL: A HAWFINCH was a garden in Dervaig today (Sheelagh Joan Still / Lucie Howard).
MID-ARGYLL: A HAWFINCH was seen briefly in a garden at Glashan Burn, Lochgair around 6pm (John & Julie Sutton).
MID-ARGYLL: A RED KITE was seen today in Glen Lonan (Blair Urquhart).
COLL: A report of a HAWFINCH in Arinagour today (per Birdguides) – no further information as yet…
KINTYRE: A large pale ‘buzzard’ considered to be a ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD flew over Port Righ and across to Arran (Alasdair Paterson). The next day, what was almost certainly the same bird was seen and photographed at Glenree, above the Ross Road, Arran and confirmed as a 2cy ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD…(per Arran Birding)
ISLAY: A female MARSH HARRIER was over Gruinart flats this morning (James How).
COWAL: A male HAWFINCH appeared in a Sandbank garden (Ann Smith).
TIREE: A LAPLAND BUNTING at The Reef this morning (John Bowler).
TIREE: A SPOTTED REDSHANK was at The Reef and later at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler). The last Argyll records were in 2015 on Tiree & Islay.
MID-ARGYLL: Good numbers of Icelandic REDSHANKS and BLACK-TAILED GODWITS today with totals of 311 Black-tailed & 363 Redshank at Loch Crinan, Add Estuary & Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).
COLONSAY: 164 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS on Oronsay today.
TIREE: 2,000+ BLACK-TAILED GODWITS around the west of the island (John Bowler).
TIREE: 220 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS at Loch a’ Phuill – including leg-flagged birds ringed in Holland and England. Also 3 (m+2ff) RING-NECKED DUCKS at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
TIREE: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL was at Sandaig on 17th Apr (John Bowler).
COLONSAY: A female HAWFINCH was at garden feeders in Upper Kilchattan (A McConnell/Jan Bennett).
BLACK-TAILED GODWITS – good passage today with 100 at Loch Gruinart, Islay (James How), 117 at Loch A’ Phuill, Tiree (John Bowler) and 69 at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: A 3cy ICELAND GULL was on the shore at Craobh Haven today (Darren Thomas).
MID-ARGYLL & KINTYRE: A very good passage of PINK-FOOTED GEESE going north today from several locations.
TIREE: Four LAPLAND BUNTINGS at Sorobaidh Bay – also first 2 LITTLE TERNS there today (John Bowler).
COLL: A 2cy male MARSH HARRIER at RSPB Totronald today – thought likely to be a different individual to the bird there on 4th Apr (Mark Mitchell).
MID-ARGYLL: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL was at Slatrach Bay, Kerrera today (David Jardine).
TIREE: Two LAPLAND BUNTINGS in machair SW of Loch A’ Phuill in with 300+ Meadow Pipits and 20+ Skylarks (John Bowler).
COWAL: A vocal GREEN WOODPECKER reported near Clachaig/Sandbank this morning.
ISLAY: A RING OUZEL at Lower Killeyan, The Oa today (David Wood).
MID-ARGYLL: A 2cy ICELAND GULL today at Rive Awe mouth, Taynuilt (Bill Allan).
COLL: A 2cy MARSH HARRIER was at RSPB Totronald (Mark Mitchell).