Scarce & Rare Sightings 2021

19th April

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).

18th April

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).

GLAUCOUS GULL – Sandaig, Tiree 17th Apr (John Bowler)


16th April

MID-ARGYLL: A 3cy ICELAND GULL was on the shore at Craobh Haven today (Darren Thomas).

14th April

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).

LAPLAND BUNTINGS – Tiree 14th Apr (John Bowler)

13th April

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).

12th April

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).

11th April

COWAL: A vocal GREEN WOODPECKER reported near Clachaig/Sandbank this morning.
ISLAY: A RING OUZEL at Lower Killeyan, The Oa today (David Wood).

6th April

MID-ARGYLL: A 2cy ICELAND GULL today at Rive Awe mouth, Taynuilt (Bill Allan).

4th April

COLL: A 2cy MARSH HARRIER was at RSPB Totronald (Mark Mitchell).

31st March

Argyll: Quite a few spring migrants arriving today. Please see Spring Migrant Table above for details. Also good numbers of Whooper Swans as well as some Pink-footed Geese on the move north through Argyll today…

27th March

MID-ARGYLL: The male PIED-BILLED GREBE reported again today at Loch Ferolin.

PIED-BILLED GREBE – Loch Ferolin, Mid-Argyll 28th Mar.

22nd March

TIREE: A STOCK DOVE was at Loch an Eilein today – only second on Tiree in 20 years, also a male POCHARD at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler). Note – A STOCK DOVE was at Long Walk, nr Poltalloch MID-ARGYLL yesterday 21 Mar and 2 were there on 9 Mar (Jim Dickson/David Jardine) – a very scarce species in Argyll and all records welcomed.
WHOOPER SWANS – Heavy passage through Argyll since 19 Mar with totals in the hundreds now.

STOCK DOVE – Tiree 22 Mar (John Bowler)

20th March

MULL: First NORTHERN WHEATEAR of the spring today – reported from Black Beach, Kilninian (Pam Brown).

16th March

MID-ARGYLL: A new juv (2cy) ICELAND GULL at Loch Gilp today (Jim Dickson).

ICELAND GULL – Loch Gilp 16th Mar (Jim Dickson)

15th March

TIREE: Single TODD’S CANADAD GEESE are still at Ruaig and Balephetrish. Also 2cy male VELVET SCOTER off Caoles (John Bowler).

‘TODD’S’ CANADA GOOSE – Tiree 15th Mar (John Bowler)

11th March

TIREE: Male and 2 female RING-NECKED DUCK still at Loch Bhasapol, also 4 Manx Shearwater, and 1 Puffin past Aird today (John Bowler).

10th March

COLONSAY: Report of a CACKLING GOOSE at Machrins this morning.

CACKLING GOOSE – Machrins, Colonsay 10th Mar

8th March

MID-ARGYLL: The juv ICELAND GULL and adult LITTLE GULL are still at Loch Gilp today – also 2 Little Egret & 2 Slavonian Grebe still there (Jim Dickson).

4th March

TIREE: A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL was new at Loch Riaghain today. Yesterday 1m and 2f RING-NECKED DUCK still at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

1st March

MID-ARGYLL: An adult LITTLE GULL was at Ardrishaig, Loch Gilp this pm (Andrew Russell).

24th February

MID-ARGYLL: A juvenile (2cy) ICELAND GULL at the head of Loch Gilp this afternoon – found by Tom Lowe.

ICELAND GULL – Loch Gilp 24th Feb (Jim Dickson)
ICELAND GULL – Loch Gilp 24th Feb (Jim Dickson)

23rd February

MID-ARGYLL: Two 2cy LITTLE GULLS were at the head of Loch Gilp this afternoon. Also around 40 Kittiwakes flew up the loch and headed inland with one of the Little Gulls (Andrew Russell).

LITTLE GULL – Loch Gilp 23rd Feb (Jim Dickson)
LITTLE GULL – Loch Gilp 23rd Feb (Jim Dickson)

19th February

TIREE: A male and 2 female RING-NECKED DUCK are still at Loch Bhasapol – to 15th at least (John Bowler)
COWAL: An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL at Toward point – with metal ring and similar to the bird at Otter Ferry recently (Neil Hammatt).

12th February

ARGYLL: We have been getting several reports of small numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS from across Argyll in the last week. There are likely to be many more birds around and could be a good time to find your own while out exercising. Please let us know if you find any.

NUTHATCHES – As many of you will be aware – this species has been increasing in Argyll over the last 20 years and especially in the last few years – with perhaps 100 prs now. This spring the Argyll Bird Club will be conducting a survey of them and trying to cover as many suitable areas across Argyll as practicable. There will be full information given ahead of the spring survey – both on this website and in the next ‘Eider’ in early March. It is hoped that  a good number of folk will monitor this species both in their gardens, local areas or perhaps volunteer to check out suitable areas elsewhere. More information soon…

29th January

MID-ARGYLL: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL at the head of Loch Feochan this afternoon – also 2 Greenshank there (Jim Dickson)
COWAL: A 2cy GLAUCOUS Gull at the Holy Loch and a 3cy ICELAND GULL at Gairletter today (Neil Hammatt).

GLAUCOUS GULL – Mid-Argyll 29th Jan (Jim Dickson)

27th January

TIREE: Two TODD’S CANADA GEESE today, with 1 at Ruaig and 1 at Balephetrish, probably both birds on the island since at least 30 Dec. Also a fem VELVET SCOTER in Gunna Sound off Caoles – only the fourth John Bowler has recorded on Tiree in 20 years.
ISLAY: A 3cy GLAUCOUS GULL at Uiskentuie, Loch Indaal today (James How).

23rd January

COWAL: A juv 2cy ICELAND GULL today at Gairletter (Neil Hammatt).

ICELAND GULL – Cowal 23 Jan (Neil Hammatt).

20th January

KINTYRE: A 3cy GLAUCOUS GULL was seen yesterday on the floods opposite Kilmichael farm – N of Campbeltown (Tom Lowe).

GLAUCOUS GULL Kintyre – 19th Jan (Tom Lowe).

19th January

TIREE: A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Loch a’ Phuill, 1 male and 2 female RING-NECKED DUCK at Loch Bhasapol and the TODD’S CANADA GOOSE with Barnacle Geese at Ruaig (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: The adult LITTLE GULL again at Loch Gilp during late afternoon roost (Andrew Russell).

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 (Karen 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).

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