Recent Sightings 2023

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Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2023


29th January

ISLAY: The juvenile PALLID HARRIER was seen again – this time from Margaret Brooke’s garden at Kilchoman and confirmed by James How.

27th January

KINTYRE: The ‘NORTHERN’ EIDER was still showing well at Campletown Loch this morning – head of loch & harbour area (Jim Dickson, David Jardine).

‘NORTHERN’ EIDER – Kintyre 27th Jan (Jim Dickson).
‘NORTHERN’ EIDER – Kintyre 27th Jan (Jim Dickson).

26th January

KINTYRE: A drake NORTHERN EIDER with the Common Eider flock at Campbeltown harbour today – also 2 first-winter RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE behind school at Drumlemble (Tom Lowe).

25th January

MID-ARGYLL: An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL was off Inverneil – feeding with huge movement of Kittiwakes & Common Gulls  – 4,000+ total (Jim Dickson).

23rd January

KINTYRE: Now 2 SURF SCOTERS off Rhunahaorine Point (ad male with f/imm type). Also the CACKLING & TODD’S CANADA GOOSE still opposite Campbeltown airport entrance (Tom Lowe).
ISLAY: A GREEN SANDPIPER was seen at the RSPB Loch Gruinart flats (Mark Shields).

SURF SCOTERS – Kintyre 23rd Jan (Tom Lowe).

20th January

ISLAY: The female type SURF SCOTER was noted again off Blackrocks, Loch Indaal today and the adult RED-BREASTED GOOSE was seen again in fields near Mulindry.
KINTYRE: an adult male SURF SCOTER seen distantly off Rhunahaorine Point at middday (David Jardine).

18th January

ISLAY: A juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL was at Carnain (Neil Hammatt).

15th January

TIREE: A juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL at Balemartine and a fem GREATER SCAUP at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

13th January

TIREE: A dark KUMLIEN’S GULL this am at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler).

KUMLIEN’S GULL – Tiree 13th Jan (John Bowler)
KUMLIEN’S GULL – Tiree 13th Jan (John Bowler)

12th January

KINTYRE: A report of 2 SNOW GEESE near the road running down to Parkfergus Farm, Machrihanish (Jimi McCallum).

7th January

COLONSAY: An ICELAND GULL seen on the island today (David Jardine et al).
MID-ARGYLL: One WAXWING in Kilmartin today & COOT still at Loch Seil (Jim Dickson).

6th January

MID-ARGYLL: Three WAXWING seen in Kilmartin village today (Janet Jardine).

3rd January

ISLAY: No sign of the PALLID HARRIER since 1st Jan however the RED-BREASTED GOOSE was again at Gruinart, CACKLING GOOSE at Lyrabus, SURF SCOTER off Blackrocks, AMERICAN WIGEON at Loch Gorm – also Marsh Harrier, 2 Pochard, 2 Greater Scaup, 1 Little Egret still around (Jonathan Farooqi, Jim Dickson et al).

RED-BREASTED GOOSE – Islay 3rd Jan (Jim Dickson).
CACKLING GOOSE – Islay 3rd Jan (Jim Dickson).

1st January

ISLAY: A RED-BREASTED GOOSE on the Gruinart flats with Barnacle Geese, a male AMERICAN WIGEON on Loch Gorm, also 2 male POCHARD and a MARSH HARRIER there, the fem type SURF SCOTER still at Loch Indaal and a first-winter PALLID HARRIER at Machir Bay – also juv GLAUCOUS GULL there (presumably same as found on 6th Nov) – (Jonathan Farooqi).
MID-ARGYLL: A juv GLAUCOUS GULL at Loch Gilp late morning (Jim Dickson). Two sightings of a WAXWING around Kilmartin this afternoon (Janet & David Jardine, Frank Cavannagh).

SURF SCOTER (with Common Scoters) – Islay – 1st Jan (Jonathan Farooqi).
PALLID HARRIER – Islay 1st Jan (Jonathan Farooqi).