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The aim of this page is to keep everyone, residents and visitors alike, up to date with what "unusual" birds are about. Observers are asked to contact me on info@arranbirding.co.uk. The intention is to keep the page up to date so that others can benefit from the sharing of observations. In the event of rarities being found, further details will be required from observers.

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Whitethroat
On Thursday 22 April there was a report of a Whitethroat singing by Sliddery Shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 16 April. The earliest Arran report is 13 April 2016.
Grasshopper Warbler
On Monday 19 April there was a report of a Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Corriecravie Moor. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was also on 19 April. The earliest Arran report is 12 April 2011.
Osprey
On Thursday 15 April there was a report of an Osprey flying up the Shiskine Valley. At one stage it was being mobbed by a Buzzard. This is the first Arran record this year of this occasional passage migrant. The last Arran record was from Lamlash Bay on 7 June 2020.
Cuckoo
On Wednesday 14 April there was a report of a Cuckoo calling in south Corriegills. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was also on 14 April. The earliest Arran report is 8 April 2017.
Common Sandpiper
On Sunday 11 April there was a report of two Common Sandpiper on the shore near Imachar. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 10 April. The earliest Arran report is 22 March in 2019.
Whimbrel
On Saturday 10 April there was a report of a Whimbrel calling at Cosyden. This is the first spring record of this regular passage migrant. The first Arran date last year of this long distance migrant was 15 April. Numbers will build towards the end of the month.
House Martin
On Monday 5 April there was a report of two House Martin in Brodick Castle Gardens. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 4 April. The earliest Arran report is 12 March in 2017.
Swallow
On Saturday 3 April there was a report of a Swallow at Sliddery. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 5 April. The earliest Arran report is 18 March in 2019.
Sandwich Tern
On Friday 2 April there was a report of a Sandwich Tern at Porta Buide, Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 6 April. The earliest Arran report is 23 March in 2019.
Manx Shearwater
On Friday 2 April there was a report of two Manx Shearwater in Whiting Bay. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 28 March. The earliest Arran report is 26 March in 2018.
Willow Warbler
On Friday 2 April there was a report of two Willow Warbler singing by Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 5 April. The earliest Arran report is 14 March in 2019.
Sand Martin
On Wednesday31 March there was a report of three Sand Martin at Clauchlands. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 5 April. The earliest Arran report is 18 March in 2009.
Iceland Gull
On Monday 29 March in the evening a first winter (2cy) Iceland Gull was photographed at the foot of the Rosa Burn in Brodick. This is the first Arran record of this uncommon winter visitor this year. The last Arran record was 1 January 2020 at Whitefarland.
Wheatear
On Thursday 25 March there was a report of two Wheatear in Shannochie. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 22 March. The earliest Arran report is 13 March in 2005.
Whooper Swan
On Sunday 21 March there were reports of two groups of Whooper Swan flying over Sliddery, one group of twenty-two and the other of fifty. These regular winter visitors and passage migrants are on their way north to their breeding grounds.
Bar-tailed Godwit
On Sunday 21 March there was a report of a single Bar-tailed Godwit on the shore at Auchenhew Bay. This is the first Arran report of this long-distance uncommon passage migrant since there was one on Cleats Shore on 1 October 2020.
White Wagtail
On Wednesday 17 March there was a report of a White Wagtail with seven Pied Wagtail on the shore at Silver Sands. . This is the first report on Arran of White Wagtail this year. Last year the first report received was on 30 March. The earliest Arran report before this year was 24 March in 2008.
Chiffchaff
On Wednesday 17 March there was a report of a Chiffchaff singing in Auchenhew Bay. This is the first report on Arran of a singing Chiffchaff this year. Last year the first report received was on 21 March. The earliest Arran report is 11 March in 2017.
Lesser Black-backed Gull
On Tuesday 23 February there were reports of five Lesser Black-backed Gulls - 2 in a field at Shiskine, 1 on the wet flashes opposite the Machrie Moor stones car park, and 2 in the fields at Whitefarland. All adults, all brilliant and all looking like they slightly regretted coming back! These are the first reports of these returning gulls.
Mediterranean Gull
On Thursday 18 February there was a report of a Mediterranean Gull in a flock of over one hundred Common Gull by the Lagg Distillery. The last Arran record of this vagrant was on 5 November 2018 at Sliddery.       
Sanderling
On Monday 15 February a Sanderling was photographed on the shore at Port Dearg, Kildonan. While Sanderling is a regular passage migrant on Arran, a winter record is unusual.
Chiffchaff
On Wednesday 10 February a Chiffchaff was photographed in gorse in Glenkiln. It is an unusual record of this regular summer migrant  on Arran attemtping to overwinter.
White-fronted Goose
On Tuesday 9 February there was a report of five White-fronted Geese in the Shiskine Valley along with around three hundred Greylag Geese. The last Arran record of this occasional winter visitor was on 28 March 2020. This record was also in the Shiskine Valley.
Slavonian Grebe
On Wednesday 20 January  there was a report of Slavonian Grebe off Cosyden. This is the first Arran report this year of this occasional passage migrant and winter visitor. The last record was one off Machriewaterfoot on 17 September 2020..
Little Egret
On Saturday 16 and Friday 15 January there were further reports of Little Egret on Arran. One on the shore at Strathwillan/Corriegills on Friday and one in the field by the fire station in Cordon on Saturday. Happy to receive all reports of this colonising species.
Gannet
On Saturday 16 January there was a report of a single Gannet in Whiting Bay. This is the first report received of Gannet in Arran waters this year.
Long-tailed Duck
On Tuesday 5 January there was a report of a single Long-tailed Duck in Porta Buidhe bay, Kildonan. The last Arran record of this Arctic breeding duck was in December 2018 when a single bird was in Whiting Bay from 7th to 9th.
Knot
On Saturday 2 January there was a report of a Knot with Ringed Plover on Silver Sands shore. The last Arran report of this regular passage migrant and occasional winter visitor was September 2020.
White-tailed Eagle
On Wednesday 25 November there was a report of two White-tailed Eagle just north of Dougarie at around 9.30am. One had successfully caught a fish. Like the reports from Sunday 22 November one bird was in adult plumage and one was in subadult plumage. At around midday a subadult was also reported in Tormore. It was standing in a flooded field.
Nuthatch
On Wednesday 25 November there was a further report of Nuthatch at a garden feeder in Pirnmill. There have been records of this species from this area since 1 October. All records to date have been of a single bird.
Purple Sandpiper
On Wednesday 25 November there was a report of three Purple Sandpiper with Ringed Plover and Turnstone on Silver Sands, Kildonan. This is the first record this year of this regular winter visitor.
Little Egret
On Tuesday 24 November there was a report of a Little Egret in the fields at the Rodden. This is the second recent report from this area. The first one was on 20 October.
White-tailed Eagle
On Sunday 22 November there was a report of two White-tailed Eagles flying north across Machrie Bay. Later an adult and a sub-adult White-tailed Eagle were photographed off Dougarie. These are the 9th and 10th reports of White-tailed Eagle on Arran this year. All have been off the west coast. The last report was off Pirnmill on 31 March
Goldeneye
On Wednesday 21 October there was a report of a female type Goldeneye on Mossend Pond, NS0037. This is the first return date of this regular winter visitor. Last year the first return date was 31 October.
Little Egret
On Tuesday 20 October there was a report in the late morning of a Little Egret at the mouth of the Benlister Burn, Lamlash Bay. In the early affternoon on the rising tide the bird was moving south along the shore towards Kingscross Point. This is only the second Arran record this year.  (See Monday 28 September).
Red Kite
On Sunday 18 October there was a report in the morning from Sliddery of a Red Kite flying east towards Lagg. This is the first Arran report of this occasional visitor this year. Last year there were two Arran reports. Both were also in October.
Brambling
On Wednesday 14 October in the morning there was a report of a Brambling at Sliddery. This is the first Arran record of this irruptive winter visitor since October 2019. Last year there were thirteen records from six locations.
Lapland Bunting
On Sunday 11 October a juvenile male Lapland Bunting was caught, ringed and photographed on Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran record of this scarce passage migrant and winter visitor and only the second record on any of the Clyde Islands. More information here.
Nuthatch
On Sunday 11 October there was a further report of a Nuthatch visiting a different garden in Pirnmill. (See also note for Thursday 1 October).
Fieldfare
On Friday 2 October there was a report of a Flieldfare with a group of Mistle Thrush at Sliddery. This is the first return date of this regular winter visitor. Last year the first return date was 15 October.
Nuthatch
On Thursday 1 October there was a report of a Nuthatch visiting a garden bird table in Pirnmill. This is a species which has been moving north in the UK. The last Arran record was in 2017. There is more information on Nuthatch on Arran here, an article written in 2014.
Little Egret
On Monday28 September there was a report of a Little Egret in Loch Ranza in the late morning. It was seen at the burn mouth in front of the youth hostel before flying along the shore to Newton. This is the first Arran report this year of this once rare vagrant. More info here This is the fifth year in a row that the species has been recorded on Arran. Last year there were twenty-eight records from seventeen locations.
Whooper Swan
On Friday 25 September there was a report of five Whooper Swan flying over Silver Sands, Kildonan. This is the first Arran autumn record of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant. The first date last year was on 12 October.
Ring Ouzel
On Thursday 24 September there was a report of a male Ring Ouzel by the Narachan track, Lochranza. This is the first Arran record this year of this scarce summer visitor and passage migrant. Last year there were nine records from six locations.
Pink-footed Goose
On Wednesday 23 September in the morning there was a report of fifty Pink-footed Geese flying over Sliddery and Kildonan. This is the first Arran autumn record this year of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant. The first date last year was 28 September.
Wigeon
On Monday 21 September there was report of eighteen Wigeon at Cosyden. This is the first Arran report of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant this autumn.
Curlew Sandpiper
On Friday 18 September there was a report of a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on the shore at Blackwaterfoot. The last Arran record of this uncommon passage migrant was 27 August 2006.
Redwing
On Friday 18 September there was a report of one Redwing flying over Sliddery. This is the earliest return date of this regular winter visitor. The previous earliest record was 30 September 2017.
Slavonian Grebe
On Thursday 17 Septenber there was a report of a Slavonian Grebe off Machriewaterfoot. This is the first Arran report this year of this occasional passage migrant and winter visitor. The last record was also in this location on 25 March 2019.
Merlin
On Thursday 17 September there was a report of a female type Merlin on Meall Breac. This is the first Arran report of this regular passage migrant since April this year.
Greenshank
On Saturday 5 September there was a report of a Greenshank on the shore at Silver Sands. Kildonan, in the afternoon. This is only the fourth Arran record this year of this uncommon passage migrant and occasional winter visitor.
Knot
On Wednesday 19 August a Knot was photographed on the shore at Porta Buidhe in Kildonan. This is the first record of this passage migrant this year. In 2019 there were fourteen Arran records and in 2018 only one.
Swift
On Saturday 8 August there was a report of a Swift feeding with House Martin and Swallow over Clachaig. This is only the tenth Arran record this year of this regular summer visitor and passage migrant. The largest group this year has been twenty over Cleats Shore on 25 June. More info on Swift on Arran here.
Greenshank
On Saturday 25 July there was a report of a Greenshank on the shore at Port na Feannaiche. This is the first record of a "returning" Greenshank. Greenshank is an uncommon passage migrant and occasional winter visitor. It is only the second Arran record this year. The last record was on 24 January on the shore of Loch Ranza
Wood Sandpiper
On Friday 24 July in the afternon there was a report of a Wood Sandpiper calling and flying over Bennecarrigan and later around 17.30 flying over Sliddery. This is only the second ever record of this rare passage migrant on Arran. The last record was in May 2011 at Drumadoon Point.
Rose-coloured Starling
On Monday 20 July around lunchtime a Rose-coloured Starling appeared in a garden in Shiskine. It was attracted to the peanut feeder where it was photographed. This is the fourth summer in a row that this species has appeared on Arran. More information from 2017 here and 2018 here. In 2019 one was in Blackwaterfoot on 4 June.
Sandwich Tern
On Wednesday 15 July there was a report of a Sandwich Tern feeding off shore at Sandbraes, Whiting Bay. Although the Sandwich Tern does not breed on Arran it is a regular passage migrant as it heads north from West Africa in the spring making the return journey in the autumn. This may have been an early returning non-breeding bird.
Osprey
On Sunday 8 June there was a report of an Osprey in Lamlash Bay. It was around eight o'clock. As it flew south west across the bay, it was mobbed by gulls. This is the first report of this occasional passage migrant this year. Last year there were four reports including one from Lamlash Bay on 7-8 April.
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