Recent Sightings 2024

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2024 Spring Migrants Table: SPRING MIGRANTS 2024 to 30 Apr


Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2024


17th May

JURA: A TURTLE DOVE this evening at Tarbert (Louise & Gordon Muir).

15th May

ISLAY: A distant possible male AMERICAN WIGEON seen in poor weather at Cornabus yesterday by Ed Burrell is still present there today – still distant but looks fine for a 2cy male AMERICAN WIGEON. A male GARGANEY again at RSPB Loch Gruinart (Linden Kingston).
TIREE: A 2cy GLAUCOUS GULL at Loch Bhasapol today and  belated news received today of a fem BLUE-HEADED type YELLOW WAGTAIL at Balephetrish & a WOOD SANDPIPER at Loch a’ Phuill both on 9 May (John Bowler), also a CURLEW SANDPIPER reported this week (Iain Livingston & group).

13th May

TIREE: A report of 2 HOOPOES seen in the Gott Bay area at 3pm (Pamela Templeton).

11th May

NORTH ARGYLL: A report of a CATTLE EGRET at Port Appin (per Birdguides).
MULL: The 2cy male SURF SCOTER is still at Calgary Bay.

9th May

MULL: A 2cy male SURF SCOTER was found at Calgary Bay (Alex Ash).

8th May

MULL: A HOOPOE was in a garden at Crannich at 4.30pm this afternoon (Karen Gray).

6th May

ISLAY: A WOOD SANDPIPER at Cornabus this evening (David Dinsley).

4th May

MID-ARGYLL: A small agile ring-tail type harrier – most likely a PALLID HARRIER was seen distantly over fields at Barsloinoch this evening – mobbed by Lapwings before disappearing. Unfortunately not enough seen on it to confirm the ID (James Lehmann).

3rd May

TIREE: A BEE-EATER at Balephuil this evening. Report from John Bowler: Very luckily I was out in the garden at 2025hrs sorting out my moth-trap and it flew over south calling loudly. I was able to pick it up in my bins, as it drifted slowly south along the hillside at Carnan Mor towards Hynish and I could see quite a bit of plumage detail on it.

1st May

ISLAY: Two male GARGANEY at RSPB Loch Gruinart (James How, Linden Kingston).
MULL: Still a male GARGANEY at Bunessan (Tony Jeffree).

28th April

COLONSAY: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER found today on Oronsay (Morgan Vaughan).

27th April

ISLAY: A report of a GOSHAWK today in south side of the island (Linden Kingston).
TIREE: A female BLACK REDSTART at Balephuil early evening (John Bowler).

21st April

ISLAY: Two TREE SPARROWS were in the Kinnabus area, Oa today – were noted breeding there back in 2009 (David Dinsley).

17th April

MULL: A GOSHAWK was seen in SE part of the island today (David Naylor)

16th April

MID-ARGYLL: A male GOLDEN ORIOLE heard & sound recorded at Fearnoch, nr Taynuilt this morning (Greg Smith).

9th April

TIREE: A fem MARSH HARRIER at Balephuil today (John Bowler).

5th April

MID-ARGYLL: A female (prob 2cy) AMERICAN WIGEON at the Add Estuary this afternoon. Difficult to determine to what extent it is pure or a hybrid as view quite distant (Jim Dickson).

2nd April

COLL: A HOOPOE this afternoon –  in paddocks behind Coll Medical Practice, Arinagour (per Birdguides).

1st April

TIREE: A suspected/unconfirmed 2cy CASPIAN GULL today at Sorobaidh Bay (Dylan Daunt).
NORTH ARGYLL: A STOCK DOVE at Ardtur, North Appin today (David Jardine, Frank Cavanagh).

28th March

TIREE: The adult LITTLE GULL was again at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).

27th March

TIREE: A SNOW BUNTING at Balinoe today, also the GREY-BELLIED BRANT is still around (John Bowler).

21st March

MULL: Two STOCK DOVES together in the Gruline area (Arthur Brown). A less than annual species to Mull. Also a 2cy LITTLE GULL at Killiechronan, Loch na Keal (P & A Brown) and presumably the same as bird there on 15 Mar (Tim Dixon).

19th March

MID-ARGYLL: An adult GOSHAWK was seen today at an undisclosed site (David Jardine).

11th March

MID-ARGYLL: A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL today on Luing at Lochan ILitter (per Birdguides).
TIREE: The 1w GREY-BELLIED BRANT has moved to Ruaig today (Jim Dickson).

9th March

TIREE: A first-winter Brent Goose was in with a Barnacle Goose flock at Vaul – showing features of GREY-BELLIED BRANT (still of uncertain taxonomic status). Jim Dickson

GREY-BELLIED BRANT – Vaul, Tiree 9th Mar (Jim Dickson)

8th March

ISLAY: A RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE found at Gruinart today (Theo de Clermont).

4th March

TIREE: An adult LITTLE GULL was at Loch Bhasapol this morning (Jim Dickson).

LITTLE GULL – Tiree 4th Mar (Jim Dickson)

3rd March

MID-ARGYLL: The male RING-NECKED DUCK was re-found in Oban today at Luachrach Loch (Theo de Clermont, Jack Waldie).

RING-NECKED DUCK – Oban, Mid-Argyll 3rd Mar (Theo de Clermont)

2nd March

TIREE: Juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL at Greenhill/Kilkenneth today (Jim Dickson) and reports of a juv  on ISLAY still at head of Loch Indaal.

GLAUCOUS GULL – Tiree 2nd Mar (Jim Dickson)

27th February

KINTYRE: A TODD’S CANADA GOOSE with other geese at East Machrihanish this morning (Tom Lowe).

TODD’S CANADA GOOSE – Kintyre 27th Feb (Tom Lowe)

21st February

ISLAY: A RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with Greenland birds at Gruinart Flats today (Jonathan Farooqi).

18th February

MULL: A surprise find of 3 GREEN SANDPIPERS photographed at Linndhu – they flew in very briefly before heading off again heading North West (Scott Robinson). Always a scarce species in Argyll and most past records relate to single birds.

12th February

TIREE: The SNOW GOOSE is still at Caoles and a male GREATER SCAUP was found on Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).

11th February

ISLAY: The adult RED-BREASTED GOOSE was seen again today at Loch Gruinart.

10th February

MULL: A female GREATER SCAUP today at Fidden (David Jardine, Frank Cavannagh).

7th February

MID-ARGYLL: The male RING-NECKED DUCK is still present at Glenfeochan.
ISLAY: A report of a LAPLAND BUNTING at the east side of Loch Gruinart at Killinallan today.

4th February

MID-ARGYLL: The male RING-NECKED DUCK is still at Glenfeochan Loch, Kilmore (Frank & Patrick Cavannagh).

3rd February

MID-ARGYLL: The male RING-NECKED DUCK has appeared back again at Glenfeochan Loch, Kilmore (Jack Waldie).

RING-NECKED DUCK – Mid-Argyll 3rd Feb (Jack Waldie)

29th January

MID-ARGYLL: A LITTLE AUK flew NE up Loch Fyne past Port Ann late afternoon (David Jardine, Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A juv ICELAND GULL at Sorobaidh Bay, the SNOW GOOSE again at Caoles, a LAPLAND BUNTING was at Salum and a LITTLE EGRET (rare on Tiree) at Loch Riaghain (John Bowler).

27th January

MID-ARGYLL: A likely male RING-NECKED DUCK (probably same bird in this area of Argyll recently) was with Tufted Ducks at the Angus Garden, Barguillean, Glen Lonan, nr Taynuilt (Margaret Keirnen).

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