Recent Sightings

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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 2021 ARGYLL BIRD REPORT was published on 23rd April – as a PDF – (available to ABC members only by an emailed link)



Recent Reports of Scarce & Rare Sightings 2022


17th February

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).

14th February

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).

LESSER SCAUP (ad & 1w males) at Loch Skerrols, Islay – 14 Feb (Jim Dickson).
LESSER SCAUP (female, ad & 1w males) at Loch Skerrols, Islay – 14 Feb (Jim Dickson).

10th February

KINTYRE: A redhead SMEW reported today on a loch inland (east of) Tayinloan.

2nd February

MULL: A ‘SIBERIAN’ CHIFFCHAFF today in a garden at Dervaig (Ewan Miles).

‘SIBERIAN’ CHIFFCHAFF – Mull – 2nd Feb (Ewan Miles).

26th January

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).

TODD’S CANADA GOOSE – Kintyre 26th Jan (Tom Lowe).

24th January

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).

18th January

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).

3cy YELLOW-LEGGED GULL – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 18 Jan (Jim Dickson).

17th January

MID-ARGYLL: A first-winter (2cy) LITTLE GULL at the head of Loch Gilp this afternoon (Jim Dickson/David Jardine).

10th January

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).

6th January

TIREE: A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Balephuil today (John Bowler).

5th January

TIREE: Three (1m, 2ff) RING-NECKED DUCK at Loch Bhasapol and another (1cy male) at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

3rd January

ISLAY: Still 3 first-winter (2cy) LESSER SCAUP on Loch Skerrols today (Phil Edwards).

1st January

Happy New Year! Hopefully a great year of birdwatching to come. Please continue to contact us with any relevant reports and send your records (for 2021 if still to complete) and regularly for 2022 either using the Argyll system (from Malcolm) or uploading to BTO BirdTrack. Also – you can post regular sightings and items of interest on the ABC Facebook group.

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