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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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Mediterranean Gull
On Monday 5 November there was a report of an adult Mediteeranean Gull in a grain field in Sliddery. Other gulls present included around six hundred Common Gull and around two hundred Herring Gull. This is the second record of Mediterranean Gull on Arran this year. There were no records in 2016 or 2017 of Meditereanean Gull on Arran. For more information click here.
Arctic Skua
On Saturday 3 November in the morning there was also  a report of a pale phase Arctic Skua off Pirnmill. This is the second Arran record this year of this uncommon passage migrant. Last year there were two records from two locations.
Great Skua
On Saturday 3 November in the morning there was a report of a Great Skua off Pirnmill. This is the first Arran record this year of this uncommon passage migrant. Last year there were five records from four locations.
Slavonian Grebe
On Tuesday 30 October there was a report of two Slavonian Grebe in Whiting Bay out from The Grange showing well in the sunshine. This is the first Arran record of this occasional winter visitor and passage migramt since January 2017.
Little Egret
On Sunday 28 October there was a report of a Little Egret on the shore at Cordon. It seemed to be associating with two Grey Heron. This may or may not be the same bird that was reported earlier in the month. The last record I received was on 12 October from Rubha Salach between Corrie and Brodick.
Brambling
On Sunday 28 October there was a report of 20 Brambling in Sliddery. It is turning out already to be a real Brambling winter with records of this irruptive species from Cordon, Sannox, Torbeg, Glemloig as well as Sliddery over the last weekend.
Barnacle Goose
On Thursday 26 October there was a report of twenty one Barnacle Geese on Sliddery Shore. There had been a report of a similar sized flock at Sandbraes on 3 October. These are the first autumn records of this occasional winter visitor to Arran
White-tailed Eagle
On Sunday 21 October there was a report of an adult White-tailed Eagle soaring and heading north above the higher ground between Machrie School House and Auchercar. This is only the second Arran report this year of this rare vagrant to the island. The nearest breeding pair is on Jura.
Rook
On Saturday 20 October there was a report of seven Rook in Sliddery. Rook do not breed on Arran but are regular winter visitors.  Last year the first autumn record was on 14 October. This year the first report was also on 14 October when nine were reported in Sliddery.
Yellowhammer
On Saturday 20 October there was a report of two Yellowhammer in Sliddery. This species, which was once a common resident breeding bird on Arran, is in decline and is now a passage migrant and winter visitor.
Fieldfare
On Thursday 18 October there were reports of mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing in High Kildonan and in Shannochie. These are the first autumn records of Fieldfare, a regular winter visitor this year. Last year the first record was 20 October.
Brambling
On Tuesday 16 October there was a report of two Brambling in a garden in South Newton. This is the first autumn record of this irruptive winter visitor this year. Last year the first record was 29 October.
Little Egret
On Friday 12 October there was a further report of Little Egret. This time from the east of the island on the shore near Rubha Salach between Corrie and Brodick. It was seen just before midday. There was no sign of it in that location two hours later.
Little Egret
On Thursday 11 October there was a further report of Little Egret.  It was again seen on the west coast. This time it was in the bay south of the King's Cave. Also received on the 11th were two other reports of Little Egret one on the shore of Loch Ranza on Wednesday 10 October and the other one in Auchenhew Bay towards Bennan Head on Thursday 27 September.
Blackcap
On Thursday 11 October there was a report of a female Blackcap on Machrie Golf Course, This may be the first report of an over-wuntering Blackcap this autumn. For more information click here.
Little Egret
On Wednesday 10 October there was a report of a Little Egret on the west coast of Arran. It was first seen north of Pirnmill, then later south of Pirnmill and as it continued to move south it was at Imachar where this photograph was taken. This is a rare vagrant to Arran but Little Egret is extending its range in the UK northwards. For more information on Little Egret on Arran in 2017 click here.
Redwing
On Sunday 30 September there was a report of six Redwing on Lamlash Golf Course. This is the first autumn report this year of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant. Last year the first autumn record was also on 30 September.
Twite
On Friday 28 September there was a report of seven Twite on Cleats Shore. This is the first autumn report this year of this passage migrant and once localised breeder. Other visible signs of migration included a movement of around one hundred and fifty Linnet and over two hundred Skylark.
Wigeon
On Friday 28 September there was a report of a Wigeon on Cleats Shore. This is the first autumn report this year of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant. Last year the first autumn record was on 18 September.
Pink-footed Geese
On Sunday 23 September there was a report of nine Pink-footed Geese flying off Cleats Shore. This is the first autumn report this year of this regular winter visitorand passage migrant. Last year the first autumn record was on 14 October,
Whooper Swan
On Sunday 23 September there was a report of two Whooper Swan flying off Cleats Shore. This is the first autumn report this year of this regular winter visitorand passage migrant. Last year the first autumn record was on 4 October,
Arctic Skua
On Thursday 20 September there was a report of an Arctic Skua mobbing seabirds off Imachar Point. This is the first report this year of this uncommon passage migrant.Last year there were two records from two locations.
Scaup
On Thursday 20 September there was a report of a juvenile female type Scaup by Sliddery Shore. This is the first report this year of this occasional winter visitor.  Last year there were six reports from one location.
Osprey
On Sunday 19 August there was a report of an Osprey flying along the shore at Sliddery.  This is the first Arran report this year of this passage migrant. Last year there were two reports from two locations.
Knot
On Friday 10 August there was a report of a Knot in breeding plumage on Silver Sands, Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this passage migrant. Last year there were six reports from four locations. Also on Friday 10 August there was a report of three Sanderling with three Dunlin at Drumadoon Point.
Merlin
On Wednesday 8 August there was a report of a Merlin hunting House Martin along Corriecravie shore. This is the first autumn record of this regular passage migrant and widely distributed winter visitor.
Red Kite
On Monday 6 August there was a report of a Red Kite over Lamlash Golf Course. This is the second report in a few days and the third  Arran report of this occasional visitor this year. The first was in April.  The previous record before this was May 2016.
Red Kite
On Saturday 4 August there was a report of a Red Kite over Sliddery shore. It was heading out towards Ailsa Craig. This is the second Arran report of this occasional visitor this year. The first was in April.  The previous record before this was May 2016.
White Wagtail
On Saturday 4 August there was a report of four White Wagtail on Sliddery shore. This is the first autumn report this year of this regular passage migrant
Black-tailed Godwit
On Saturday 4 August there was a report of a Black-tailed Godwit on Silver Sands, Kildonan. This is the first Arran report this year of this passage migrant. Last year there were two reports in the spring and two in the autumn.
Sanderling
On Wednesday 1 August there was a report of a Sanderling by the shore by Fisherman's Walk, Brodick. This is the first Arran report this year of this passage migrant. Last year there were sixteen reports.
Whimbrel
On Tuesday 24 July there were reports of a single Whimbrel at Kilpatrick Point and in Auchenhew Bay. Whimbrel is a regular passage migrant. This is the first report of this sub-arctic breeding species returning south. Numbers of other returning breeding birds have also been reported including fifty-four Golden Plover at Machrie and eighteen Redshank at Sandbraes..
Rose-coloured Starling
On Thursday 19 July an adult Rose-coloured Staring was sunning itself in the evening on the roof of the Sliddery Supplies building (NR9322).  It was in a flock of Common Starling and had been around Sliddery all day.  Interestingly the same species was in the same location on 10 July last year. More info here. The bird was reported in the same location on Friday and Saturday.
Red-backed Shrike
On Wednesday 13 June there was a report of a male Red-backed Shrike on the shore south of Blackwaterfoot close to Port -na Lochan, (NR900275). This rare vagrant to Arran was also reported this time last year on 13 June 2017 at Kingscross. It also was a male. Prior to that the last Arran record was in September 1997.
Garden Warbler
On Thursday 31 May a Garden Warbler was seen and heard in Gortonallister. This is the first Arran record this year of this easily  overlooked summer visitor. For more information on Garden Warbler click here. Last year there were only two records on Arran.
Mediterranean Gull
On Thursday 31 May there was a report of an adult Mediterranean Gull flying west along the coast below Sliddery. The last Arran record of this vagrant gull was in 2015.
Puffin
On Thursday 31 May there was areport of two Puffin drifting north on the fat calm sea off Pirnmill with occasional dives for fish. This is only the second Arran record of Puffin this year.
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.
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