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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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Swift
On Saturday 5 May there was a report of two Swift over Blackwaterfoot. . This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Swift in 2017 was also on 5 May.
Lesser Whitethroat
On Monday 30 April there was a report of a Lesser Whitethroat singing on Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Lesser Whitethroat in 2017 was on 11 May.
Spotted Flycatcher
On Monday 30 April there was a report of a Spotted Flycatcher in High Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Spotted Flycatcher in 2017 was on 12 May.
Ring Ouzel
On Sunday 29 April there was a report of a Ring Ouzel on Beinn Bharrain. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. In 2017 there was only one record and that was on 2 May. In 2016 there had been nine records.
Arctic Tern
On Sunday 29 April there was a report of three pair of Acrtic Tern between Dougarie and Imachar Point distinguished from the more common Sandwich Tern by their red bill. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Arctic Tern in 2017 was on 14 May.
Whinchat
On Saturday 28 April there was a report of a Whinchat by Sliddery Shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Whinchat in 2017 was on 1 May.
Whitethroat
On Friday 27 April there was a report of a Whitethroat in Sliddery. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Whitethroat in 2017 was on 30 April.
Tree Pipit
On Tuesday 24 April there was a report of a Trre Pipit by North Sannox picnic area. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Tree Pipit in 2017 was on 22 April.
Sedge Warbler
On Friday 20 April there was a report of a Sedge Warbler by Sliddery Shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Sedge Warbler in 2017 was also on 20 April.
Whimbrel
On Friday 20 April there was a report of two Whimbrel on Cleats Shore. Whimbrel is a regular passage migrant. At this time of year they pass through in numbers to their sub-arctic breeding grounds in the north. This is the first report this year.
Grasshopper Warbler
On Friday 20 April there was a report of a Grasshopper Warbler above Whitefarland. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Grasshopper Warbler in 2017 was also on 20 April.
Cuckoo
On Monday 16 April there was a report of a Cuckoo calling in Glen Cloy. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Cuckoo in 2017 was on 8 April.
House Martin
On Sunday 15 April there was a report of a House Martin flying over the harbour in Blackwaterfoot. This is the first Arran report this year of this summer visitor. The first report in 2017 was on 12 March also from Blackwaterfoot.
Common Sandpiper
On Saturday 14 April there was a report of a eight Common Sandpiper at Clauchlands, one at Cordon and on 15th two at Kingsccross Point. These are the first Arran reports this year of this summer visitor. The first report of Common Sandpiper  in 2017 was on 15 April
Sand Martin
On Saturday 14 April there was a report of seven Sand Martin in the quarry at Sannox. This is the first Arran report this year. The first report in 2017 was on 28 March. On Sunday 15 April there was a report of twelve in Sannox and three in Glen Rosa.
Red Kite
On Thursday 12 April there was a report of a Red Kite in the lower fields in Glen Sannox. This is the first Arran report of this occasional visitor from the UK re-introduction programme since May 2016.
White Wagtail
On Saturday 7 April there was a report of two White Wagtail on the shore at Porta Buidhe. This is the first Arran report this year. The first report in 2017 was also on 7 April.
Willow Warbler
On Saturday 7 April there was a report of a Willow Warbler singing at Clauchlands. This is the first Arran report this year. The first report in 2017 was on 4 April.
Swallow
On Friday 6 April there was a report of a Swallow  in Castle Drive, Brodick Castle Gardens at 5.00pm. This is the first Arran report this year. Last year the first report was on 26 March.
Puffin
On Thursday 5 April there was a report of a single Puffin to the east of Holy Isle. This is the first report of Puffin this year. Last year there were only two reports of Puffin off Arran.
Great Crested Grebe
On Sunday 1 April there was a report of a Great Crested grebe off Laggan. This is the first Arran report this year. In 2017 there was only one record of this occasional winter and passage migrant.
Iceland Gull
On Sunday 1 April an Iceland Gull in adult plumage was photographed at Slidderywaterfoot. For Arran this year there has been an exceptional number of reports of Iceland Gull with sightings from six locations usually of a single bird but sometimes two. This is the first bird in adult plumage reported.
Sandwich Tern
On Saturday 31 March there was a report of a Sandwich Tern off the shore at Blackwaterfoot. This is the first report of this summer visitor and regular passage migrant this year. The first report last year was also on the 31 March
Manx Shearwater
On Monday 26 March there was a report of a single Manx Shearwater off the south of Arran. This is the first report of Manx Shearwater this year. The first report last year was 15 April.
Magpie
Friday 30 March There now appear to be two Magpie on Arran. This is most unusual for Arran where Magpie is a vagrant. Following on from the report from Sannox on 19 March (see below) and Whiting Bay on 28 March there were reports on Friday 30 March  from Lochranza Golf Course in the north and from Dippen House in the south.
Iceland Gull
On Tuesday 20 March a second winter Iceland Gull was photographed off Pirnmill. This is the fourth record this year of this usually uncommon winter visitor.
Magpie
On Monday 19 March there was a report of a Magpie round Sannox Church and Corrie Golf Course. Magpie is a vagrant on Arran. There was only one bird reported in 2017,  none in 2016, one in 2015, one in 2014 and none in 2013.  Records in recent years have all been in the spring.
Wheatear
On Sunday 18 March there was a report of a male Wheatear on Kildonan shore. This is the first Arran report of this returning summer migrant this year. Last year the first report was from Laggan on 20 March.
Chiffchaff
On Sunday 11 March there was a report of a Chiffchaff singing in Cnocnan Gorge, Brodick Country Park. This is the first Arran report of this returning summer migrant this year. Last year the first report was from Sannox also on 11 March.
Thrushes
First few days of March  There have been numerous widespread reports of various species of  thrush on low lying fields round the coast and indeed on kelp on the shores. For example on Cleats Shore on Saturday 3 March there was 200 Song Thrush,  130 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare and  20 Mistle Thrush.  Arran, being snow free while much of the mainland is covered in snow, may be providing areas where these species can forage for food.
Iceland Gull
On Sunday 4 March there was a report of two first winter Iceland Gulls in Lochranza south of the castle. This is the second Arran location from which there has been a report of this uncommon winter visitor this year.
Glaucous Gull
On Saturday 3 March there was a report of a first winter Glaucous Gull on Sliddery shore. This is the second Arran location from which there has been a report of this uncommon winter visitor this year.
Grey Plover
On Saturday 3 March there was a report of two Grey Plover on Cleats Shore. The last record on Arran of this uncommon passage migrant  was on Torrylinn shore on 5 April 2012.
Lesser Black-backed Gull
On Thursday 22 February there was a report of Lesser Black-backed Gull at Machriewaterfoot.  This is the first report this year. The last report of this migratory gull that tends to leave Arran in the winter was 28 November in Lochranza. For more info on black-backed guls on Arran click here.
Iceland Gull
On Sunday 4 February there was a report of a first winter Iceland Gull in fields close to Mossend Pond. The observer managed to take this long distace record shot of the bird. The last Arran record was one one at Slidderywaterfoot on 27 April 2017.
Glaucous Gull
On Saturday 3 February this first winter Glaucous Gull was photographed in Catacol Bay. There were no Arran records of Glaucous Gull in 2017. Last record was one first winter gull at the mouth of the Iorsa on 13 February 2016.
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