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Recent Sightings

Bird Sightings

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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Species

Details

Mediterranean Gull. On the morning of Tuesday16 August  three 1CY Mediterranean Gull were photographed on the shore at Blackwaterfoot. Also present were around one hundred and seventy Common Gull. The last record of this vagrant species was one 2CY Mediterranean Gull by Fisherman's Walk in Brodick on 26 April 2022.  Last year there were seven records from four locations.
Redstart. On Wednesday 10 August  there was a report of a juvenile male Common Redstart by Burrican Hill. This is only the second record this year of this scarce summer visitor. The first one was on 7 June at Moss Farm. Last year there were two records.
White-tailed Eagle. On Saturday 6 August there was a report of a juvenile White-tailed Eagle near Auchamore just north of Pirnmill. The bird was flying north along the field between the road and wood covered cliff below Auchamore being mobbed by other birds. It then flew over the sea, still being mobbed and continuing north. The last report of this vagrant to Arran was one by Beinn Lochain on 27 May 2022.


Greenshank. On Wednesday 27 July there was a report of a Greenshank on Sliddery shore. The last Arran report of this northern breeder was on 26 January. In 2021 there were no Arran records.
Sanderling. On Saturday 23 July there was a report of two Sanderling at Drumadoon Point. The last Arran report of this Arctic breeder was on 18 May 2022. In 2021 there were eleven Arran records.

Osprey. On Tuesday 19 July there was a report of an Osprey soaring over Brodick Castle grounds before heading out toward the coast in a North easterly direction. This is the third Arran report this year of this occasional passage migrant. (See Tuesday 10 May). There were only two records last year.
Bird Flu. Tuesday 12 July. Dead and dying seabirds, mainly Guillemot, are being washed up on some beaches on Arran. For advice on what to do please click here.
Kingfisher In the last week there have been three reports, on Sunday 3 July and Wednesday 6 July reports from Cordon and on Sunday 10 July a report from Rosa Burn. All reports were of a single bird. For more information on Kingfisher on Arran click here.
Corncrake. On Tuesday 21 June there was a report of  a Corncrake calling on Moss Farm. This scarce summer visitor, last report May2020, did not linger.
Red Kite. On Monday 6 June a Red Kite flew across the road at Corriecravie. The photo was taken through the car sunroof . The last Arran report of this occasional visitor was November 2021.
Common Redstart. On Monday 6 June there was a report of a Common Redstart singing at Moss Farm. This scarce summer visitor, last report June 2021, did not linger.
Lesser Whitethroat. On Saturday 4 June there was a report of a Lesser Whitethroat at Catacol.  This scarce summer visitor, last report May 2021, did not linger.
Quail. On Thursday 2 June there was a report of Quail in Sliddery. This scarce summer visitor, last report June 2021, did not linger.
Spotted Flycatcher. On Tuesday 17 May there was a report of a Spotted Flycatcher on the Holy Isle. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 14 May.
Little Egret. On Tuesday 17 May there were reports from several locations round Lamlash Bay of a Little Egret. There have been increasing records of Little Egret on Arran. One over-wintered on Arran from 29 October 2021 until 9 April 2022. This was the first report in over a month.
Coot. On Monday 16 May there was a report of a Coot on Mossend Pond. The last Arran report of this occasional visitor was on 19 August 2021 which was again a single bird on Mossend Pond.
Sanderling. On Saturday 14 May there was a report of seven Sanderling some in breeding plumage at Drumadoon Point. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant. They were resting up en route to their breeding grounds in the Arctic Tundra.
Osprey. On Tuesday 10 May there was a report of an Osprey at the Kingscross end of Whiting Bay. It was being mobbed by gulls. This is the second Arran report this year of this occasional passage migrant. It was close to the area where the first Osprey was seen this year ( See Monday 25 April). There were only two records last year.
Whimbrel A2. On Tuesday 26 April for the fifth year in a row Whimbrel A2 was photographed on a shore in Kildonan. This bird first ringed on Arran in 2017 is part of a study of migration. For more information click here.
Mediterranean Gull. On Tuesday 26 April an immature (2CY) Mediterranean Gull was photographed by the Fisherman's Walk, Brodick. The last Arran record of this vagrant was in 4-6 October 2021 when two birds were in this same area in Brodick.
Osprey. On Monday 25 April there was a report of an Osprey at the Kingscross end of Lamlash Bay. It had been successfully fishing. This is the first Arran report this year of this occasional passage migrant. There were only two records last year.
Whinchat. On Monday 25 April there was a report of two Whinchat in Glen Rosa and a report of a Whinchat on Machrie Moor. These are the first Arran reports this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 21 April.
Tree Pipit On Sunday 24 April there was a report of a Tree Pipit at Cnoc na Dail and a Tree Pipit in Glen Rosa. These are the first Arran reports this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 27 April.
Whitethroat. On Tuesday 19 April there was a report of a Whitethroat in Auchenhew Bay. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 22 April.
Cuckoo. On Sunday 17 April a Cuckoo was heard calling on Machrie Moor near the stone circles. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 14 April.
Grasshopper Warbler. On Sunday 17 April a Grasshooper Warbler was heard reeling near the start of the Postman's Walk in Lochranza. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 19 April.
Sedge Warbler. On Saturday 16 April there was a report of two Sedge Warbers singing in Silver Sands Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. (The earlier report on 30 March seems now uncertain). The first Arran report last year was on 23 April.
Common Sandpiper. On Thursday 14 April a Common Sandpiper was photographed in Catacol Bay. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 2 April.
Whimbrel. On Wednesday 13 April there was a report of a Whimbrel on Cleats Shore. This is the first report this year of this regular passage migrant. Numbers will start to build up and hopefully we will see the return of A2. Having been ringed on Arran in 2017, this would be the fifth year in a row that this bird has turned up on Arran shores on its way north from wintering in Africa. In 2021 it was in Kildonan from 25-27 April. More here.
White Wagtail. On Wednesday 13 April there was a report of a White Wagtail on Porta Buidhe shore, Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant. The first Arran report last year was on 17 March.
Sandwich Tern. On Sunday 10 April in the morning there was a report of four Sandwich Tern on the rocks on the shore by the Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterwater. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 2 April.
Swallow. On Wednesday 6 April there  was a report of a Swallow at Kilpatrick and a Swallow at Largiemore.  These are the first Arran reports this year of this regular summer  visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 2 April.
House Martin. On Wednesday 6 April there was a report of two House Martin at Largymore. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 5 April.
Sedge Warbler. On Wednesday 30 March there was a report of a Sedge Warber singing in Kildonan in the reeds opposite the hotel in the morning. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 23 April. The earliest previous Arran report was on 14 April 2011.
Willow Warbler. On Monday 28 March there was a report of a Willow Warber singing on the Holy Isle in the early evening. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 2 April.
Sand Martin. On Thursday 24 March there was a report of two Sand Martin over Machrie Golf Course in the late afternoon. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular summer visitor. The first Arran report last year was on 31 March.
Bar-tailed Godwit. On Tuesday 22 March there was a report of a single Bar-tailed Godwit on the shore at Torrylinn. This is the first Arran report this year of this uncommon passage migrant. The last Arran record was from Shannochie on 11 April 2021.
Snow Bunting. On Saturday 19 March there was a report of two Snow Bunting, a male and a female, on the shore by Shiskine Golf Course. On Monday 21 March a male Snow Bunting was reported on his same area of Blackwaterfoot shore leading to Drumadoon Point. These are the second and third reports of this species on Arran this year. The first one was on Caisteal Abhail on 15 February.
Chiffchaff. On Friday 18 March there was a report of a Chiffchaff singing at the Lakin Farm. This is the first report received this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. Last year the first Arran report was on 17 March.
Wheatear. On Tuesday 15 March there was a report of a male Wheatear by the Cock of Arran. This is the first report received this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. Last year the first Arran report was on 25 March.
Magpie. On Sunday 6 March there was a report of a Magpie on Lamlash Golf Course. Magpie is a vagrant to Arran. The last report received was from Clauchlands on 15 February 2021, more than a year ago.
Common Scoter. On Thursday 10 February there was a report of four Common Scoter off Pirnmill. This is the first Arran record this winter of this occasional visitor. The last Arran record was also from Pirnmill on 6 September 2021.
White-fronted Goose. On Monday 10 January there was a report of five White-fronted Geese in the Shiskine Valley along with around two hundred and twenty Greylag Geese. This is the first Arran record this winter of this ocasional winter visitor. The last Arran record was a similar number in the same location on 24 March 2021.
Brambling. On Monday 3 January there were reports from three gardens of Brambling with Chaffinch. One garden was in West Mayish in Brodick the other two were in Cordon in Lamlash where the photograph was taken. In one of the gardens there were at least six Brambling present. It is worth checking Chaffinch flocks for this winter visitor from Europe.
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