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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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Wigeon
On Monday 30 August there was a report of a male Wigeon on Sliddery Shore. The last Arran report of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant was 10 April. Last year the first returning autumn report was 21 September.
White-tailed Eagle
On Monday 30 August there was a report of two White-tailed Eagle, one an adult bird, over Kildonan moving rapidly through Auchenhew towards Bennan. This is the first Arran report of this vagrant species since 6 May. There had been Arran records this year of two birds throughout January, February, March and April.
Arctic Skua
On Tuesday 24 August there was a report of a pale phased Arctic Skua off the shore at Blackwaterfoot. Arctic Skua is an uncommon passage migrant on Arran. The last record was 11 May 2019.
Great Skua
On Monday 23 August there was a report of a Great Skua at Drumadoon Point. Great Skua is an uncommon passage migrant on Arran. The last record was 3 November 2018.
Sanderling
On Saturday 21 August there was a report of a Sanderling with three Dunlin on the shore by Fisherman's Walk, Brodick. Sanderling is a regular passage migrant on Arran. This is the first post-breeding record this year.
Coot
On Thursday 19 August there was a report of a Coot on Mossend pond. Although common on the mainland Coot is just an occasional visitor to Arran. The last Arran record was on 4 June 2019 and that also was on Mossend Pond.
Knot
On Saturday 14 August a Knot was photographed resting among Ringed Plover and Turnstone on the shore by Fisherman's Walk, Brodick.  Knot is a regular passage migrant on Arran. This is the first post-breeding record this year. The bird was in partial breeding plumage.
Black-tailed Godwit
On Friday 13 August there was a report of two Black-tailed Godwit flying through Glenscorrodale. Black-tailed Godwit is an uncommon passge migrant on Arran. The last Arran record was a single bird at Porta Buidhe exactly three years ago on 13 August 2018.
Whimbrel
On Monday 9 August there was a report of three Whimbrel on the shore at Sliddery. Whimbrel is a regular passage migrant on Arran. This is the first post-breeding record this year.
Osprey
On Sunday 18 July in the morning there was a report of an Osprey being mobbed by gulls close to the outdoor centre in Lamlash Bay. This is the second record this year of this occasional passage migrant. The first record was on 15 April in the Shiskine Valley.
Common Scoter
On Monday 5 July a group of three male Common Scoter was photographed at the golf course side of Brodick Bay. This is an unusual location and an unusual date for this occasional visitor to Arran. Last year there were two records. Both in the spring and both from Cosyden on the west coast.
Rose-coloured Starling
Between Monday 14 and Friday 18 June nine records of Rosy Starling, also known as Rose-coloured Starling were received. For this rare vagrant to Arran this is unprecedented.  For more information click here.
Quail
On Tuesday 8 June there was a report of two Quail calling from a field in Sliddery. The last Arran record of this occasional summer visitor was from Glenscorrodale on 6 June 2012.
Yellow Wagtail
On Thursday 27 May a Yellow Wagtail was photographed on the shore by the Kildonan Hotel. This is the first Arran report this year of this scarce passage migrant and summer visitor. There were no reports last year. There was one record in 2019 also in late May and also on a southern shore.
Lesser Whitethroat
On Tuesday 18 May there was a report of a Lesser Whitethroat by the track to Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this scarce passage migrant and summer visitor. There were no reports last year and only two in 2019. The earliest Arran report is 27 April 2010.
Scaup
On Friday 14 May there was a report of male Scaup at the north end of Brodick Bay close inshore by the putting green. This lingering occasional winter visitor to Arran was last recorded on the island on Mossend Pond on 14 April 2020.
Wood Warbler
On Thursday 13 May a Wood Warbler was photographed by John Forbes in the wood by the coastal walk to the Fallen Rocks. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 09 May. The earliest Arran report is 25 April 2009.
Spotted Flycatcher
On Thursday 13 May a Spotted Flycatcher was photographed by John Forbes in the wood by the coastal walk to the Fallen Rocks. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 08 May. The earliest Arran report is 21 April 2011.
Arctic Tern
On Wednesday12 May there was a report of six Arctic Tern on Pladda. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular long distance migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 15 May. The earliest Arran report is 14 April 2013.
Redstart
On Sunday 9 May there was a report of a male Redstart iin woodland at the southern end of Catacol Bay. Redstart is a scarce summer visitor to Arran. The last Arran record was a juvenile at Sliddery on 7 July 2017.
Mediterranean Gull
On Friday 7 May there was a report of an adult Mediterranean Gull on Cleats Shore. This gull species is a vagrant to Arran. The last record was one in Kildonan on 5 November 2018.
Garden Warbler
On Friday 7 May there was a report of Garden Warbler in scrub by the Outdooe Centre in Lamlash. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. Garden Warblerare an overlooked under-reported species on Arran. The first report last year was on 15 April. The earliest Arran report is 12 April 1995.
Swift
On Tuesday 4 May there was a report of a Swift over Clachaig Farm. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. Swift do not breed on Arran. The first report last year was on 30 May. The earliest Arran report is 1 May 2009.
Tree Pipit
On Tuesday 27 April there was a report of a Tree Pipit singing by Cnocan Burn. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 18 April. The earliest Arran report is 07 April 1990.
Rough-legged Buzzard
On Sunday 25 April a second calendar year Rough-legged Buzzard was photographed by the Ross Road near Glenree. This bird on migration was last seen flying north. The last record of this rare vagrant on Arran was on Cleats Shore on 10 November 1974....almost forty-seven years ago.
Puffin
On Friday 23 April there was a report of three Puffin on the sea beyond Brodick Bay. These were seen from a morning ferry. On Wednesday 21 April a freshly dead Puffin had been found on the shore near Fisherman's Walk in Brodick Bay. These are the first reports of Puffin on Arran this year. Last year there was only one record while in 2018 there were ten. For more information on Puffin in the Clyde click here.
Sedge Warbler
On Friday 23 April there was a report of a Sedge Warbler singing on 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 18 April. The earliest Arran report is 14 April 2011.
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.
Whinchat
On Wednesday 21 April there was a report of a male Whinchat by Clauchan Glen. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant and summer visitor. The first report last year was on 22 April. The earliest Arran report is 1 April 1988.
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.
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