Recent Sightings

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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



11th August

MID-ARGYLL: A juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL was off the south side of Ardrishaig this pm (Andrew Russell).

5th August

TIREE: A lunchtime sea watch off Hynish by John Bowler produced:  2 SOOTY SHEARWATER, 3 STORM PETREL, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1060 Manx Shearwater, 239 Gannet, 84 Puffin, 16 Fulmar, 165 Kittiwake, 32 Shag and 55 large auks (mostly Guillemots).

3rd August

MULL: Now 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS off the north coast (Ewan Miles/Iolo Williams).
TIREE: The PECTORAL SANDPIPER is still present (John Bowler).

PECTORAL SANDPIPER – Tiree 3rd Aug (John Bowler)
SOOTY SHEARWATER – N Mull – 3rd Aug (Andy Tate)

2nd August

TIREE: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was found today (John Bowler).

1st August

MULL: A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen with a group of Manx Shearwaters off NW Mull (Andy Tate et al).

SOOTY SHEARWATER – NW Mull -1st Aug (Andy Tate)

31st July

MID-ARGYLL: An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL was in with the Black-headed Gull flock at the Add Estuary this morning – during the ABC trip there (Jim Dickson).

25th July

KINTYRE: Two COMMON QUAIL were heard singing overnight 24th into 25th in the Stewarton area (Stu Crutchfield).

17th July

KINTYRE: A report of a ROSY STARLING in Machrihanish this afternoon (Murdo McDonald).
AT SEA: An adult intermedius LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL was 19km north of Tiree / 17.5km northwest of Coll on 17th July 2021, seen on/around RV Celtic Explorer – Irish state research vessel (Niall Keogh). This Scandinavian sub-species has occasionally been reported in Argyll and always good to receive excellent photos to confirm as in this case.

Intermedius L B B Gull N of Tiree on 17 Jul (Niall Keogh)
Intermedius L B B Gull N of Tiree on 17 Jul (Niall Keogh)
Intermedius L B B Gull N of Tiree on 17 Jul (Niall Keogh)

6th July

TIREE: A ROSY STARLING at Caoles today – presumably the same bird that was near Miodar last week (John Bowler).

ROSY STARLING – Caoles, Tiree 6th Jul (John Bowler)

5th July

TIREE: A report of a ROSY STARLING near Miodar on 24 Jun (Matt MacIntyre & Sandy MacIntosh).
COLONSAY: A report of a ROSY STARLING on Oronsay, near Priory on 29 June (Adam Myers).

3rd July

MULL: A COMMON QUAIL heard calling at the north end of Iona today (Ashley Saunders).

2nd July

MULL: A ROSY STARLING between Salen and Tobermory today (Francesca Winspeare).

1st July

MID-ARGYLL: A COMMON QUAIL was heard calling on Danna Island this morning (David Jardine).

30th June

ISLAY: Two ROSY STARLINGS have been around gardens at Conisby since 24 Jun (Gill & Alec Chasemore et al).
JURA: A report of a ROSY STARLING at Jura care centre, Craighouse today – however no supporting details as yet.
TIREE: Adult LITTLE STINT at Crossapol Bay (John Bowler) and an adult CURLEW SANDPIPER at Miodar (Gavin Chambers).

25th June

MID-ARGYLL: A belated report today of two ROSY STARLINGS together nr Kilbride Farm, Barbreck on 2nd June (Tim Donnachie).

20th June

ISLAY: A ROSY STARLING new today in Port Charlotte – at hotel area – (Gary Turnbull).

19th June

MID-ARGYLL: A HAWFINCH in a garden at Kames, Loch Melfort today (Maggi Reyner per Mike Pennington).

17th June

ISLAY: Another ROSY STARLING in Argyll making around ten or more reports in total – at Ardnave Point this morning (per Birdguides).

15th June

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).

ROSY STARLING – Lochdon, Mull 15th Jun (Steve Hiscock)
ROSY STARLING – Dalavich, Mid-Argyll 15th Jun (Jim Dickson)
ROSY STARLING – Gigha, Kintyre 15th Jun (Keith Helm)

14th June

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).

ROSY STARLING – Dalavich, Mid-Argyll 14th Jun (Adrienne Watson).

13th June

ISLAY: A SPOTTED CRAKE was heard calling in the early hours of today in the Gartmain area (David Dinsley).

12th June

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).

9th June

MULL: An adult ROSY STARLING was reported at the north end of Iona today (per Birdguides).

6th June

TIREE: A QUAIL was at Balephuil yesterday afternoon and again this morning (John Bowler).
COLONSAY: A GREEN SANDPIPER was at Baleromindhu today (David Jardine).

5th June

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).

BLACK REDSTART – Lochgilphead – 5th Jun (photo from camera rear screen) – Chris Griffin

3rd June

MID-ARGYLL: An adult ROSY STARLING at Balvicar, Seil Island today, first seen yesterday (Kim Lappin).

ROSY STARLING – Seil Island, Mid-Argyll 2nd June

2nd June

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.

31st May

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).

M&F SMEW – Loch Riaghain, Tiree – 31st May (John Bowler)

23rd May

COLONSAY: A male GARGANEY was at Garvard today (Ian Fisher & David Jardine).

21st May

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).

MANDARIN – Craighouse, Jura – 17th May (Colin Bayfield).

16th May

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).

15th May

COLONSAY: A drake GARGANEY found today at Ardskenish (Alison & Nick Blinston).

12th May

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.

LITTLE GULL – Tiree 12th May (John Bowler)

11th May

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).

9th May

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.

7th May

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.

5th May

COWAL: A report of what appears to be a male GOSHAWK high over Innellan today (per Katie Flynn).

4th May

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).

COMMON CRANE – Mull 4th May (Anand Prasad)

2nd May

MULL: A report of a HOBBY near the Ulva Ferry turn-off this morning (Michael and Rosemary Knight) – further details/description required.

1st May

MULL: A GREEN SANDPIPER at Lochbuie today (Lee Dutton).

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