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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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Knot
On Saturday 10 August there was a report of a Knot with Dunlin and Sanderling on Sliddery Shore. This is the first autumn report of this northern breeding species on migration to its wintering grounds. The last record was on 13 May at Drumadoon Point.


White Wagtail
On Saturday 10 August there was a report of two White Wagtail along with twenty Pied Wagtail on Sliddery Shore. This is the first autumn report of this northern breeding species on migration to its wintering grounds. The last record was on 13 May on the shore at Blackwaterfoot.
Rook
On Tuesday 30 July there was a report of three Rook in Sliddery. This is an unusual summer record as this species does not breed on Arran. It is a regular winter visitor.
Chough
On Monday15 July there was a report of two Chough on the coast near Fairy Dell, Lochranza. This is the first Arran report of this rare vagrant since 2011 when a single bird was by the Narachan track, Lochranza, from 5 to 29 September.
Tufted Duck
On Monday 24 June a male Tufted Duck was photographed on Mossend Pond. This is the first Arran record this year of this species. It is an occasional visitor to Arran.
Black-headed Bunting
On Thursday 6 June in the evening a Black-headed Bunting was photogrphed with House Sparrows in the garden of Brandon Farm, Starthwillan NR0235, Isle of Arran. The photographs were sent to the local bird recorder for identification on Saturday 8 June in the evening. It had only been seen on the Thursday evening. On Saturday 8 June there was a report of a Black-headed Bunting on the Isle of Gigha. Probably the same bird.
Black-headed Bunting
This is the first Arran record of this UK rarity. Black-headed Bunting breeds in southeastern Europe from Italy and the Balkans east to the Black and Caspian Seas. It occurs south to Turkey, Israel, Iraq, and Iran and winters in India. It is a rare vagrant to the UK and Ireland. In recent years there have been around five records a year in the UK and Ireland.
Rose-coloured Starling
On Tuesday 4 June in the late afternoon there was a report of an adult Rose-coloured Starling with Common Starling feeding on the shore at Blackwaterwater close to the road junction of the A841 with the golf course road(NR8928). In both 2018 and 2017 there was a report of this rare vagrant in Sliddery in July. The bird in 2017 was caught and ringed. I would be pleased to have any further reports of this bird this year.
Coot
On Friday 30 May on a dreich evening a Coot was photographed on Mossend Pond. The last report of this occasional visitor to Arran was one on the pond at Port na Lochan on 14 August 2016.
Marsh Harrier
On Saturday 18 May there was a report of a female type/juvenile Marsh Harrier by Machrie House.  The last confirmed Arran record of Marsh Harrier, a rare vagrant here, was August 2004.
Wood Warbler
On Friday 17 May a Wood Warbler was heard, seen and photographed near Pirnmill. This is the first Arran record this year. This summer visitor is in serious decline in the UK. There were no Arran records in 2018, only two in 2017 and none from this part of Arran during the bird atlas work in 2007-2012.
Arctic Tern
On Tuesday 14 May there was a report of at least four Arctic Tern on Pladda. This is the first report this year of this long-distance migrant. The first report in 2018 was on the 20 April and the earliest record is 14 April 2013.
Knot
On Monday 13 May there was a report of a single Knot in non-breeding plumage towards Drumadoon Point. This is the first report this year of this passage migrant. In 2018 there was only one record from one location.
Spotted Flycatcher
On Monday 13 May there was a report of a Spotted Flycatcher at Pirnmill. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 30 April. The earliest record received was 21 April 2011.
Osprey
On Sunday 12 May there was a report of an Osprey close to the shore by North Sannox picnic area. It was flying north along the coast. This is only the second record of this occasional passage migrant this year. The first record was on 7 April ifrom Lamlash Bay.
Arctic Skua
On Saturday 11 May there was a report of an Arctic Skua just off the shore at Blackwaterfoot. This is the first recod this year of this uncommon passage migrant. In 2018 there were two records from two locations.
Magpie
On Saturday 11 May there was a report of a Magpie in Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this vagrant.  Last year there were were twelve reports, in 2017 three, in 2016 none, in 2015 one and in 2014 one.
Green Sandpiper
On Saturday 11 May there was a report of a Green Sandpiper in Blackwaterfoot. The last Arran record of this uncommon passage migrant was in High Thunderguy on 1 August 2008.
Swift
On Friday 10 May there was a report of a single Swift in Glenscorrodale. This is the first report this year of this non-breeding summer visitor. Last year there were six records from six locations.
Sanderling
On Sunday 5 May there was a report of Sanderling at Drumadoon Point. This is the first report of this regular passage migrant this year. Last year there were six records from six locations.
Greenshank
On Sunday 5 May there was a report of a Greenshank with Whimbrel on the shore at Porta Buide. This is the first report this year of this uncommon passage migrant. Last year there were eight records from five locations.
Dotterel
On Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May there were reports of two Dotterel on the northern mountain range of Arran. The last report of this uncommon passage migramt was in June 2012.
Pied Flycatcher
On Friday 3 May there was a report of a male Pied Flycatcher in a garden in Corriecravie. This is an irregular summer visitor to Arran. The last record was in 1998.
Lesser Whitethroat
On Wednesday 1 May there was a report of a Lesser Whitethroat singing by Fairhaven in Catacol. On Friday 10 May there was a further report of this species singing in Glenscorrodale. These are the first reports of this scarce summer visitor. Last year there were only two records from one location.
Bar-tailed Godwit
On Saturday 27 April there was a report of a Bar-tailed Godwit on Sliddery Shore. This is the first Arran report received this year of this uncommon passage migrant. In 2018 there was only one record. In 2017 there were twelve records from eight locations mainly in May and September..
Tree Pipit
On Saturday 20 April there was a report of a Tree Pipit singing on Corriecravie Moor. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 24 April. The earliest record received was 07 April 1990.
Sedge Warbler
On Saturday 20 April in the morning there was a report of a Sedge Warbler singing in Kildonan. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 20 April. The earliest record received was 14 April 2011.
Whitethroat
On Saturday 20 April in the morning there was a report of a Whitethroat singing in Kildonan. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 27 April. The earliest record received was 13 April 2016.
Cuckoo
On Friday 19 April in the morning there was a report of a Cuckoo calling in Lochranza. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 16 April. The earliest record received was 8 April 2011.
Grasshopper Warbler
On Friday 19 April in the morning there was a report of a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Imachar. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was also on 19 April. The earliest record received was 12 April 2011.
Whinchat
On Thursday 18 April there was a report of a Whinchat singing on Corriecravie Moor. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 28 April. The earliest record received was 1 April 1988.
Whimbrel
On Tuesday 16 April there was a report of a Whimbrel on Kildonan shore. On Wednesday 17 April there was a report of a Whimbrel on the shore at Cosyden. Numbers of these northern breeding passage migrant should build up over the next few weeks. Listen out for their "seven whistle".
Common Sandpiper
On Monday 15 April there were two reports of Common Sandpiper, one in Dougarie and one in Sannox. These are the first Arran reports received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 14 April. The earliest record received was 29 March 1998.
House Martin
On Sunday 14 April there was a report of four House Martin on Newton Hill. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 15 April. The earliest record received was 12 March 2017.
Willow Warbler
On Wednesday 10 April there were reports of Willow Warbler singing in Kingscross, Whiting Bay (by the primary school), Pirnmill and Clachaig. These are the first Arran reports received this year. The first report received in 2018 was on 7 April. The earliest record received was 20 March 1994.
Ring Ouzel
On Monday 8 April there was a report of a singing male Ring Ouzel in Coire Roinin by Beinn Bharain. This was the second report in two days of this species on Arran. Ring Ouzel is a scarce summer visitor to Arran. Last year there six records from three locations
Ring Ouzel
On Sunday 7 April a singing male Ring Ouzel was photographed by North Sannox Farm. Ring Ouzel is a scarce summer visitor to Arran. Last year there six records from three locations
Osprey
On Sunday 7 April there was a report of an Osprey passing through Lamlash Bay. Osprey is an occasional passage migrant to Arran. There was only one record last year and that was in August.
Swallow
On Saturday 6 April there was a report of a Swallow in Dippen. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was also on 6 April. The earliest record received was 23 March 2005.
Blackcap
On Saturday 6 April there was a report of two Blackcap singing on Knockenkelly Farm, Whiting Bay. This is the first Arran report received this year. For more information on Blackcap on Arran click here.
Manx Shearwater
On Thursday 4 April there was a report of a group of around forty Manx Shearwater off Drumadoon Pont. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was 26 March and this is the earliest record received.
White Wagtail
On Thursday 4 April there was a report of a White Wagtail at Kilpatrick Point. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was 7 April and the earliest record I have is 24 March 2008.
Sandwich Tern
On Tuesday 2 April there was a report of two Sandwich Tern resting on rocks at Porta Buidhe, Kildonan. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was 31 March and the earliest record I have is 30 March 2016.
Sand Martin
On Sunday 31 March there was a report of five Sand Martin at Catacol in the late morning. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was 14 April and the earliest record I have is 18 March 2009.


White-winged Gull
On Thursday 28 March a white-winged gull with a ring on its left leg was photographed in a field by the Shiskine surgery. This is probably the same bird that was caught and ringed for identification purposes at Sliddery on 24June 2018. It is not a Glaucous nor an Iceland Gull. It was described as an albinistic type Herring Gull.
Slavonian Grebe
On Monday 25 March there was a report of two Slavonian Grebe off Cosyden. The last Arran record of this occasional winter visitor and passage migrant was on 30 October. Before that the last record was January 2017.
Wheatear
On Sunday 24 March a female Wheatear was photographed on Whitefarland shore. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was 18 March.
Chiffchaff
On Saturday 23 March there was a report of a Chiffchaff in Sliddery. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report received in 2018 was 11 March.
Water Pipit
On Saturday 23 March the Water Pipit was stil present close to the shore in Machrie Bay. On this occasion it was by puddles in wet fields by the Machrie Moor road corner. It has now been in the area a month. Also Sunday 24 March when photo showing start of breeding mout was taken..
Water Pipit
On Friday 8 March there continue to be reports of the Water Pipit from Machrie Bay. Mainly from the orignal location but also from the adjacent Machrie Golf Course again viewable from the road. This morning it was on the green below Machrie Tearoom with Rock Pipits - feeding amongst all the seaweed thrown up from the shore.
Water Pipit
On Monday 25 February there continued to be reports of the Water Pipit from the same area as the previous two days. The bird, which is feeding on the tide line on the shore is best viewed from the adjacent main road. The bus stop area and the pull in area both allow good coverage of the shore.
Water Pipit
On Sunday 24 February the Water Pipit first reported yesterday was again showing well on the same stretch of shore giving particularly good views from the road between the two bus stops between roughly half twelve and half two. This winter has been exceptional for recording Water Pipits in Scotland with at least 30 records to date. (Normally there are about 1-3 records.) Ayrshire alone has had eight records this winter. Most of the birds are long-stayers. So let's hope the Machrie bird, a first for Arran, is no exception so that people can watch and enjoy this rare visitor.
Water Pipit
On Saturday 23 February around noon a Water Pipit was trapped, ringed, photographed and released in Machrie Bay. It was feeding on the tide line just south of the slipway reference NR892346 with occasional forays across the road and up the hill to a favoured wet area. This is the first ever report of this species on Arran. This has been reported to the Clyde Bird Rarities Panel.
Common Scoter
On Tuesday 19 February in the morning there was a report of a pair of Common Scoter off Machriewaterfoot. Not only is this the first report this year of this occasional visitor to Arran but it is the first report of this sea duck since 2017. The last report was four off Pirnmill on 23 September 2017
Brambling
On Saturday 9 February there was a report of a Brambling with Chaffinches coming to garden feeders in Kiscadale, Whiting Bay. This is the first report this year of this species. The last report was earlier in the winter from Cordon on 9 November 2018.
Brent Goose
On Sunday 6 January there was a report of two pale-bellied Brent Geese on the shore at Silver Sands. This is the first report of this species on Arran since April 2017.
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