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SPRING MIGRANTS TABLE 2022 :SPRING MIGRANTS 15.05.2022
Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2022
MULL: A new species for Mull – a male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING was found at Tiroran this morning around 7.30 in a private garden but unfortunately only hung around for less than an hour. Photos to follow..
TIREE: A female type RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER in a private garden at Balephuil this afternoon (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: A TURTLE DOVE arrived at a private garden nr Gigalun, Isle of Gigha (Keith Helm).
COLONSAY: A female RING-NECKED DUCK was found at East Loch Fada late evening yesterday and again – in better light this morning (Ian Fisher/David Jardine).
TIREE: A red adult male COMMON ROSEFINCH made a brief visit to a private garden in Balephuil around midday (John Bowler) and a WOOD SANDPIPER was at Balevullin this morning (Zul Bhatia).
ISLAY: A female HAWFINCH – early evening in at garden feeders in Glenegedale (Martin Armstrong).
TIREE: Two male GARGANEY at Loch Bhasapol this afternoon and the female BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL was seen again at Balevullin in the morning (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A report of a COMMON CRANE this morning in fields near Carnduncan (a farmer per James How), nut not seen subsequently. A BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL was at RSPB Loch Gruinart this afternoon (James How).
TIREE: A female BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL was at Balevuillin this morning (Oliver Smart per John Bowler).
MULL: A BLACK KITE flew over Dervaig this afternoon (Theo de Clermont) – will be a new species for Mull & 5th for Argyll if accepted by the SBRC.
ISLAY: A MARSH HARRIER was seen at Saligo around 2pm today (Paul Hackney).
TIREE: A STONE-CURLEW was found and seen well near the Camp-site at Balinoe around 7.30 am but was not seen again after 8am (Keith Brockie). Only the third record for Argyll and a new species for Tiree if accepted by the SBRC.
ISLAY: a male GARGANEY was at RSPB Loch Gruinart – from the south hide (James How).
ISLAY: A male DARK-EYED JUNCO was found today in a private garden near Kildalton. A new species for Argyll.
MID-ARGYLL: A report of a SPOTTED REDSHANK at the Add Estuary this afternoon (Colin Woolf). Update – now confirmed as a Common Redshank.
TIREE: Two male LAPLAND BUNTINGS at Loch an Eilein today (John Bowler).
MULL: A breeding plumaged SPOTTED REDSHANK was found at Laggan Bay (Theo de Clermont/Ewan Miles). Videograbs below.
MULL: A male LAPLAND BUNTING was at the head of Loch Scridain/Loch Beg (Mike Murphy).
MULL: A female MARSH HARRIER was near Loch Don today (Glen Ellis).
ISLAY: An imm male MARSH HARRIER was at Loch Tallant (D. Clugston, V. Wilson per A. Murray).
ISLAY: A male GARGANEY at the RSPB Gruinart south hide before 9am (Mark Shields).
KINTYRE: An adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL was at Kilkenzie, N of Campbeltown this am (Jim Dickson, Neil Hammatt), but no sign of the CATTLE EGRET found yesterday nr Stewarton nr Campbeltown by Victoria Russell. The three SURF SCOTERS are still off Rhunahaorine Point, Sound of Gigha (Jim Dickson, Neil Hammatt).
KINTYRE: Three (a female & two imm males – both prob 2cy’s) SURF SCOTER late am today – at the Sound of Gigha (David Jardine & Frank Cavanagh).
TIREE: A pair of GARGANEY at Loch a’ Phuill this morning, also the 3 RING-NECKED DUCK are still present (Dylan Daunt). Five DOTTEREL were seen later at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: A male HAWFINCH was seen behind the Oban Hospital (LIDGH), Glean Sheileach around 10.50 am (Margaret Keirnen).
COLL: A female type BLACK REDSTART was seen on the island today (Greg Smith).
TIREE: The 2cy RING-BILLED GULL was found again at Hough Bay today (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: The SNOW GOOSE is still at Drumlemble, The Laggan (Catherine Cochrane).
KINTYRE: Two drake VELVET SCOTER were at the Sound of Gigha today (David Jardine et al). Also present were 100+ Great Northern Divers, 60-70 Slavonian Grebe & 11 Long-tailed Duck.
MULL: A GREEN WOODPECKER was reported at Croig (per Mullbirds) and apparently has been in that area most of March (Jim Spence).
TIREE: A 2cy RING-BILLED GULL was found at Hough today (Keith Gillon).
ISLAY: The adult RED-BREASTED GOOSE was relocated at Octomore (Larry Griffin).
MID-ARGYLL: A RED KITE was seen and filmed over Kilcrenan (Callum Leitch).
MID-ARGYLL: A RED KITE was seen over Kilninver (John Speirs). A STOCK DOVE was seen over Dunnamuck N of Lochgilphead (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: A white-phase adult SNOW GOOSE in with geese at Drumlemble this pm (Chris Griffin per Birdguides reports). Also reported 14 & 15 Mar.
ISLAY: An adult WHITE-BILLED DIVER drifting SW off Carraig Fhada, nr Port Ellen this morning with 15 Great Northern nearby and a further 8 Great Northern further to SW (Will Scott).
Also, generally more Iceland Gulls appearing in last few days with prob 5 or more on Islay..
COLONSAY: Two POMARINE SKUA – at sea off Colonsay (David Jardine). Presumably a consequence of storm Eunice.
COWAL: Six LITTLE EGRETS together at Shellfield, Loch Stiven (Eric Roy). Note – many others across Argyll c15+ however this is highest count since last Sep.
MID-ARGYLL: A STOCK DOVE flying W over Drimvore, nr Moine Mhor (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: Adult RED-BREASTED GOOSE seen again today – on mud with Barnacle geese off Carnain (per Birdguides).
ISLAY: Four LESEER SCAUP at Loch Skerrols (a new adult male with a first-winter male and two first-winter females). (Jim Dickson/Peter Roberts).
KINTYRE: A redhead SMEW reported today on a loch inland (east of) Tayinloan.
MULL: A ‘SIBERIAN’ CHIFFCHAFF today in a garden at Dervaig (Ewan Miles).
ISLAY: The CACKLING GOOSE and RED-BREASTED GOOSE (first found last Oct) were relocated today, viewed from Lyrabus, after a gap of c 2 months (Roger Riddington).
KINTYRE: A TODD’S CANADA GOOSE again on the Laggan nr Campbeltown between Chiskan and Strath Farm. Also 1,200 Greenland White-fronts & 66 Pink-footed geese nearby (Tom Lowe).
ISLAY: A male RING OUZEL was seen at Eillister today (Mary Redman). Two (2cy m +f) LESSER SCAUP are still at Loch Skerrols.
TIREE: The 2 fem RING -NECKED DUCKS are still at Loch Bhasapol and the 2cy male RING -NECKED DUCK is at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: A report of a WAXWING this afternoon in Cairnbaan – no further details (per Birdguides).
MID-ARGYLL: A second-winter (3cy) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL was at the head of Loch Gilp 10-10.30 this morning then flew off south (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: A first-winter (2cy) LITTLE GULL at the head of Loch Gilp this afternoon (Jim Dickson/David Jardine).
COWAL: A LITTLE AUK was found alive in a garden at the head of Loch Striven, then returned to the loch (G & D Kirby). One was also seen flyby at Sorobaidh Bay TIREE yesterday (John Bowler).
TIREE: A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Balephuil today (John Bowler).
TIREE: Three (1m, 2ff) RING-NECKED DUCK at Loch Bhasapol and another (1cy male) at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).