Recent Sightings

Please send your sightings to Jim Dickson (Argyll Bird Recorder) to: 

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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The 2019 Argyll Bird Report (ABR31) is available here as a PDF download –  (click above) 

Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2021

In the current difficult times we hope that you can still enjoy some good bird watching either at home or while out exercising. We will keep track of summer migrants arriving and produce a regularly updated table. Please send any early migrant sightings to Jim at Many thanks and keep safe 🙂


17th January

COWAL: An un-ringed adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and a 2cy LITTLE GULL at Otter Ferry today – the latter is Neil Hammatt’s 151st species ‘in Cowal’ since moving there five years ago.

15th January

MID-ARGYLL: A new un-ringed adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL at Loch Gilp this afternoon – also adult LITTLE GULL still there (Jim Dickson).
COWAL: A ringed (metal on R leg) adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL at Otter Ferry this morning (Neil Hammatt).

14th January

MID-ARGYLL: An adult LITTLE GULL again at Loch Gilp – last seen there on 16th Dec (Jim Dickson).

13th January

COWAL: A 2cy ICELAND GULL at Blairmore, Loch Long today (Neil Hammatt).
MULL: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL was at Caliach yesterday (P & A Brown).

ICELAND GULL – Cowal 13th Jan (Neil Hammatt)

9th January

ISLAY: A RED KITE (prob juv) flew over Conisby late morning (Fiona MacGillivray). A SNOW BUNTING was at Kinnabus this afternoon (David Dinsley).
MID-ARGYLL: An adult ICELAND GULL was just N of Craobh Haven briefly this afternoon (David Jardine).

6th January

MID-ARGYLL: A first-winter (2cy) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL was at Loch Gilp this afternoon (Jim Dickson/David Jardine). Two WAXWING were in a garden at Minard today (John Taylor).
TIREE: A male and two female RING-NECKED DUCK at Loch Bhasapol today (John Bowler).

5th January

TIREE: A male RING-NECKED DUCK at Loch a’ Phuill today. Also a juv GLAUCOUS GULL at the Maze on 3rd Jan and another juv at Balemartine on 2nd Jan.
MID-ARGYLL: A presumed 3cy YELLOW-LEGGED GULL at Loch Gilp late afternoon (Jim Dickson).

Juv Glaucous Gull – Balemartine, Tiree 2nd Jan (John Bowler).
3cy YELLOW-LEGGED GULL – Loch Gilp 5th Jan (Jim Dickson)
3cy YELLOW-LEGGED GULL – Loch Gilp 5th Jan (Jim Dickson)

4th January

MID-ARGYLL: A probable SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen distantly at the Add Estuary this afternoon. Also an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and an adult LITTLE GULL were at Loch Gilp after 3pm (Jim Dickson).

3rd January

MULL: A 3cy ICELAND GULL is on the shore at Tobermory (Stuart Gibson).

1st January

KINTYRE: A RED KITE was seen just south of Machrihanish SBO being mobbed by two Buzzards (Errol Crutchfield).