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On Thursday 11 May there was a report of a Lesser Whitethroat singing in Kildonan. This a scarce summer visitor to Arran. In 2016 there were only two Arran records. For its distinctive song listen to the audio part on this link.
On Friday 5 May there were two reports of Swift on Arran, a single bird over Cleats Shore and a single bird over Slidderywaterfoot. These are the first Arran records this year of this summer visitor. On Saturday 6 May there were a further two reports again both of a single bird one from Windy Corner and one over Sliddery. Last year the first record was on 9 May. The earliest Arran record was 1 May 2009.
On Thursday 27 April there was a report of an adult Iceland Gull on Sliddery Shore. This may be the same bird that was reported on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March in the area. The first report was of an adult Iceland Gull in a field by the road from Sliddery to Corriecravie Moor. That was the first winter record of this uncommon winter visitor since March 2014
On Monday 24 April in the morning there was a report of twenty-three pale bellied Brent Geese feeding at the mouth of the burn on the shore at South Feorline. There was also in the morning a report of thirty-one by the shore by Machrie Bay Golf Course. These are the first records this year of this occasional winter vistor and passage migrant. These are the largest groups recorded on Arran this century.
On Sunday 2 April there was a report of a Blackcap singing by the exit to Brodick Castle Gardens. There is a summering population of Blackcap and a different wintering population. For more information on this click here.
On Sunday 2 April there was a report of around thirty Sand Martin at Sannox sand quarry. This is only the second Arran record this year. On Tuesday 28 March there was a report of two Sand Martin at Machrie Golf Course. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 31 March. The earliest Arran record was 18 March in 2009.