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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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Kingfisher
On Thursday 20 July there was a further report of Kingfisher. This report was seen in the early morning on the Rosa burn, Brodick close to the museum. This may be the same bid that was reported in Cladach on 18 July.
Kingfisher
On Tuesday 18 July there was a report of a Kingfisher on the Cnocan burn , Cladach. There were no records last year.  In 2015 there were eight records from three sites. The last record was one Fisherman's Walk on 1 August 2015.
Manx Shearwater
On Thursday 13 and Sunday 16 July there were reports of large numbers of Manx Shearwaters off Arran's coast.  On Thursday in Whiting Bay there was estimated to be in excess of five hundred with at least a similar number off Cosyden on Sunday. For more information on this species click here.
Rose-coloured Starling
On Monday 10 July an adult Rose-coloured Starling was reported and photographed in a garden in Sliddery. It was later caught and ringed. This is the first Arran record of this rare vagrant to the island since 28 June 2002
Redstart
On Tuesday 4 July there was a report of juvenile Redstart at Sliddery. The bird was in speckled plumage, sex indeterminate.  It is a post juvenile dispersal, unable to tell if the bird was reared on Arran.  This is the first Arran record of this scarce summer visitor this year. Last year there was one record from Monyquil on 18-20 April. Bird still present Monday 10 July.
Tufted Duck
On Tuesday 4 July a male Tufted Duck was photographed on Mossend Pond. The last Arran record of this occasional visitor was a female in the same location on 7 December 2016.  Also at Mossend Pond was the male Scaup first reported on Saturday 1 July.
Scaup
On Saturday 1 July a male Scaup was photographed on Mossend Pond. The last Arran record of this occasional winter visitor was a female by the mouth of the Rosa from 14 November to 10 December 2016.
Garden Warbler
On Wednesday 28 June there was a report of a Garden Warbler in the lower part of the walk to Glenashdale Falls. This is the first record this year of this increasingly scarce Arran summer visitor. Last year there was only one record. It may be being underreported.
The song of the Garden Warbler is a "more garbled" version of the song of the Blackcap. Click on "song" in the previous sentence to get the song of each species.
Nightjar
Around Friday 16 June  during a settled spell of weather a resident in the Dhunan area of North Corriegills reporting hearing a churring Nightjar on several nights.  The last record of this summer visitor which once bred on Arran was in May 2015. For a short article on Nightjar written for the "Banner" a few years ago click here.
Red-backed Shrike
On Friday 16 June there was a report of a male Red-backed Shrike by Ardlui campsite, Kingscross. The bird was photographed. This is the first Arran report of this rare vagrant since 27 September 1997 when there was a report of a male in Kildonan.

Black Redstart

On Sunday 21 May there was a report of a male Black Redstart on a post by a track close to St Molios in Lamlash. This is the first Arran report of this scarce passage migrant since 26 April 2015 when there was a report of a female also in Lamlash.

Spotted Flycatcher

On Wednesday 17 May there was a report of a Spotted Flycatcher near Moss Farm on the track to the standing stones on Machrie Moor. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 8 May.  The earliest Arran record is 21 April 2011.

Arctic Tern

On Sunday 14 May there was a report of three Arctic Tern off Silver Sands in Kildonan. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was also on 14 May.  The earliest Arran record is 14 April 2013.

Lesser Whitethroat

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.

Sanderling

On Tuesday 9 May a group of six Sanderling were reported on Sliddery shore. This is the first Arran report this year of this Arctic breeding regular passage migrant.  Last year there were nine reports from four areas.

Wood Warbler

On Sunday 7 May there was a report of a Wood Warbler in the wooded area by the Eas Mor car park in Auchenhew. There were no Arran records of this "red listed" warbler in 2016. The population of this summer visitor is in serious decline across the UK.

Swift

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.

Bar-tailed Godwit

On Friday 5 May there was a report of a Bar-tailed Godwit on Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran report of this uncommon passage migrant this year. Last year there were six reports from five areas.

Ring Ouzel

On Tuesday 2 May there was a report of a male Ring Ouzel singing near Mullach Buidhe. This is the first Arran record this year of this scarce summer visitor. Last year there were nine reports from seven areas.

Whinchat

On Monday 1 May there was a report of a Whinchat in Glen Rosa. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 2 May.  The earliest Arran record was 1 April 1988.

Whitethroat

On Sunday 30 April there was a report of a Whitethroat singing in High Kildonan. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 13 April and that is the earliest Arran record.

Iceland Gull

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

Brent Goose

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.

Tree Pipit

On Saturday 22 April there was a report of a Tree Pipit singing in Glen Rosa. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 20 April. The earliest Arran record was 07 April in 1990.

Magpie

On Saturday 22 April in the afternoon there was a report of a Magpie in Strathwillan. This species common on the adjacent mainland is a vagrant to Arran. There were no Arran records in 2016. The last Arran record was 23 April 2015.

Grasshopper Warbler

On Thursday 20 April there was a report of a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Monyquil This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 1 May. The earliest Arran record was 12 April in 2011.

Sedge Warbler

On Thursday 20 April there was a report of a Sedge Warbler by seal shore campsite, Kildonan. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 4 May. The earliest Arran record was 14 April in 2011.


Black-tailed Godwit

On Wednesday 19 April there was a report of two Black-tailed Godwit near the mouths of the Rosa and Cloy Burns, Brodick Bay. This is the first Arran record this year of this uncommon passage migrant. There were only two spring records records in 2016.

Osprey

On Tuesday 18 April there was a report of an Osprey flying over Sliddery. This is the first Arran record this year of this occasional passage migrant. There were two spring records and two autumn records in 2016.

Whimbrel

On Sunday 16 April there was a report of a Whimbrel in Auchenhew Bay. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant.

Manx Shearwater

On Saturday 15 April there was a report of three Manx Shearwater seen from the "Caledonian Isles" as it sailed from Ardrossan to Brodick. This is the first Arran report this year of this regular passage migrant. The first report in 2016 was on 2 April.

Great Skua

On Saturday 15 April there was a report of a Great Skua seen from the "Caledonian Isles" as it sailed from Ardrossan to Brodick. This is the first Arran report this year of this uncommon passage migrant. In 2016 there were only two records, the first of which was on 30 April.

Common Sandpiper

On Saturday 15 April there was a report of a Common Sandpiper on the shore by North Sannox picnic area. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 14 April. The earliest Arran record was 29 March in 1998.


Barnacle Goose

On Sunday 9 April there was a report of five Barnacle Geese flying over Drumadoon Point. This is the first Arran report this year of this occasional winter visitor and passage migrant.

Cuckoo

On Saturday 8 April there was a report of a Cuckoo in Brodick Country Park close to Wilma's Walk. The bird was seen and heard. This is the first Arran record of this regular summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 18 April. The previous earliest record was 10 April in 2001.

White Wagtail

On Friday 7 April there was a report of a White Wagtail on the shore at Blackwaterfoot. This is the first Arran record this year of this regular passage migrant . Last year the first record was on 17 April. The earliest Arran record was 24 March in 2008.


Willow Warbler

On Tuesday 4 April there was a report of a Willow Warbler singing in High Kildonan. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 10 April. The earliest Arran record was 20 March in 1994.

Blackcap

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.

Sand Martin

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.


Sandwich Tern

On Friday 31 March there was a report of five Sandwich Tern at Machriewaterfoot. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 30 March and that is the earliest Arran record.


Whooper Swan

On Monday 27 March there was a report of a skein of around one hundred Whooper Swan in the Shiskine Valley heading north.

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