Recent Sightings 2024

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 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 2023 ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 35 with Systematic List for 2023 is now published as a PDF – (available to ABC members only by an emailed link) 


2024 Spring Migrants Table: SPRING MIGRANTS 2024 to 30 Apr


Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2024


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).

26th January

TIREE: A 3cy LITTLE GULL was at Sorobaidh Bay today (John Bowler).

25th January

TIREE: The SNOW GOOSE was seen again at Caoles today (John Bowler).

18th January

ISLAY: A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL was new today on east side of Loch Gruinart today and the returning adult male AMERICAN WIGEON from last winter was found again at Loch Gorm on 17 Jan (Dan Beadle, Max Hellicar, Jack Morris).

16th January

ISLAY: The RED-BREASTED GOOSE was seen again today – at Craigens.

10th January

KINTYRE: An adult male SURF SCOTER today off Rhunahaorine Point – also 2 VELVET SCOTERS (David Jardine, Jim Dickson).

SURF SCOTER – Kintyre 10th Jan (Jim Dickson)
SURF SCOTER – Kintyre 10th Jan (Jim Dickson)

9th January

COWAL: The juv ICELAND GULL is still at the Holy Loch.

8th January

MULL/HIGHLAND: An adult ICELAND GULL at Fiunary today – opposite Salen, Mull (Scott Robinson).

ICELAND GULL – Fiunary, Highland 8th Jan (Scott Robinson)

4th January

COWAL: A juvenile ICELAND GULL again at the Holy Loch (Neil Hammatt).
MID-ARGYLL: A single WAXWING today near Ford (Dani Elle Frea Ney)

3rd January

COWAL: A white GYR type falcon was seen well but briefly just south of Ardgartan campsite Loch Long on 1st Jan. Unable to rule out an escaped falconer’s bird or very white large hybrid falcon (David Wauddy).
KINTYRE: A RED KITE flew over Lephenstrath Bridge this afternoon (Ann Hand).

1st January 2024

TIREE: The SNOW GOOSE last seen on Dec 13 has reappeared today at Miodar (Hayley Douglas).
ISLAY: A SPOTTED REDSHANK  was at east side of Loch Gruinart (Phil Edwards).

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