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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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White-tailed Eagle
On Wednesday 25 November there was a report of two White-tailed Eagle just north of Dougarie at around 9.30am. One had successfully caught a fish. Like the reports from Sunday 22 November one bird was in adult plumage and one was in subadult plumage. At around midday a subadult was also reported in Tormore. It was standing in a flooded field.
Nuthatch
On Wednesday 25 November there was a further report of Nuthatch at a garden feeder in Pirnmill. There have been records of this species from this area since 1 October. All records to date have been of a single bird.
Purple Sandpiper
On Wednesday 25 November there was a report of three Purple Sandpiper with Ringed Plover and Turnstone on Silver Sands, Kildonan. This is the first record this year of this regular winter visitor.
Little Egret
On Tuesday 24 November there was a report of a Little Egret in the fields at the Rodden. This is the second recent report from this area. The first one was on 20 October.
White-tailed Eagle
On Sunday 22 November there was a report of two White-tailed Eagles flying north across Machrie Bay. Later an adult and a sub-adult White-tailed Eagle were photographed off Dougarie. These are the 9th and 10th reports of White-tailed Eagle on Arran this year. All have been off the west coast. The last report was off Pirnmill on 31 March
Goldeneye
On Wednesday 21 October there was a report of a female type Goldeneye on Mossend Pond, NS0037. This is the first return date of this regular winter visitor. Last year the first return date was 31 October.
Little Egret
On Tuesday 20 October there was a report in the late morning of a Little Egret at the mouth of the Benlister Burn, Lamlash Bay. In the early affternoon on the rising tide the bird was moving south along the shore towards Kingscross Point. This is only the second Arran record this year.  (See Monday 28 September).
Red Kite
On Sunday 18 October there was a report in the morning from Sliddery of a Red Kite flying east towards Lagg. This is the first Arran report of this occasional visitor this year. Last year there were two Arran reports. Both were also in October.
Brambling
On Wednesday 14 October in the morning there was a report of a Brambling at Sliddery. This is the first Arran record of this irruptive winter visitor since October 2019. Last year there were thirteen records from six locations.
Lapland Bunting
On Sunday 11 October a juvenile male Lapland Bunting was caught, ringed and photographed on Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran record of this scarce passage migrant and winter visitor and only the second record on any of the Clyde Islands. More information here.
Nuthatch
On Sunday 11 October there was a further report of a Nuthatch visiting a different garden in Pirnmill. (See also note for Thursday 1 October).
Fieldfare
On Friday 2 October there was a report of a Flieldfare with a group of Mistle Thrush at Sliddery. This is the first return date of this regular winter visitor. Last year the first return date was 15 October.
Nuthatch
On Thursday 1 October there was a report of a Nuthatch visiting a garden bird table in Pirnmill. This is a species which has been moving north in the UK. The last Arran record was in 2017. There is more information on Nuthatch on Arran here, an article written in 2014.
Little Egret
On Monday28 September there was a report of a Little Egret in Loch Ranza in the late morning. It was seen at the burn mouth in front of the youth hostel before flying along the shore to Newton. This is the first Arran report this year of this once rare vagrant. More info here This is the fifth year in a row that the species has been recorded on Arran. Last year there were twenty-eight records from seventeen locations.
Whooper Swan
On Friday 25 September there was a report of five Whooper Swan flying over Silver Sands, Kildonan. This is the first Arran autumn record of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant. The first date last year was on 12 October.
Ring Ouzel
On Thursday 24 September there was a report of a male Ring Ouzel by the Narachan track, Lochranza. This is the first Arran record this year of this scarce summer visitor and passage migrant. Last year there were nine records from six locations.
Pink-footed Goose
On Wednesday 23 September in the morning there was a report of fifty Pink-footed Geese flying over Sliddery and Kildonan. This is the first Arran autumn record this year of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant. The first date last year was 28 September.
Wigeon
On Monday 21 September there was report of eighteen Wigeon at Cosyden. This is the first Arran report of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant this autumn.
Curlew Sandpiper
On Friday 18 September there was a report of a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on the shore at Blackwaterfoot. The last Arran record of this uncommon passage migrant was 27 August 2006.
Redwing
On Friday 18 September there was a report of one Redwing flying over Sliddery. This is the earliest return date of this regular winter visitor. The previous earliest record was 30 September 2017.
Slavonian Grebe
On Thursday 17 Septenber there was a report of a Slavonian Grebe off Machriewaterfoot. This is the first Arran report this year of this occasional passage migrant and winter visitor. The last record was also in this location on 25 March 2019.
Merlin
On Thursday 17 September there was a report of a female type Merlin on Meall Breac. This is the first Arran report of this regular passage migrant since April this year.
Greenshank
On Saturday 5 September there was a report of a Greenshank on the shore at Silver Sands. Kildonan, in the afternoon. This is only the fourth Arran record this year of this uncommon passage migrant and occasional winter visitor.
Knot
On Wednesday 19 August a Knot was photographed on the shore at Porta Buidhe in Kildonan. This is the first record of this passage migrant this year. In 2019 there were fourteen Arran records and in 2018 only one.
Swift
On Saturday 8 August there was a report of a Swift feeding with House Martin and Swallow over Clachaig. This is only the tenth Arran record this year of this regular summer visitor and passage migrant. The largest group this year has been twenty over Cleats Shore on 25 June. More info on Swift on Arran here.
Greenshank
On Saturday 25 July there was a report of a Greenshank on the shore at Port na Feannaiche. This is the first record of a "returning" Greenshank. Greenshank is an uncommon passage migrant and occasional winter visitor. It is only the second Arran record this year. The last record was on 24 January on the shore of Loch Ranza
Wood Sandpiper
On Friday 24 July in the afternon there was a report of a Wood Sandpiper calling and flying over Bennecarrigan and later around 17.30 flying over Sliddery. This is only the second ever record of this rare passage migrant on Arran. The last record was in May 2011 at Drumadoon Point.
Rose-coloured Starling
On Monday 20 July around lunchtime a Rose-coloured Starling appeared in a garden in Shiskine. It was attracted to the peanut feeder where it was photographed. This is the fourth summer in a row that this species has appeared on Arran. More information from 2017 here and 2018 here. In 2019 one was in Blackwaterfoot on 4 June.
Sandwich Tern
On Wednesday 15 July there was a report of a Sandwich Tern feeding off shore at Sandbraes, Whiting Bay. Although the Sandwich Tern does not breed on Arran it is a regular passage migrant as it heads north from West Africa in the spring making the return journey in the autumn. This may have been an early returning non-breeding bird.
Osprey
On Sunday 8 June there was a report of an Osprey in Lamlash Bay. It was around eight o'clock. As it flew south west across the bay, it was mobbed by gulls. This is the first report of this occasional passage migrant this year. Last year there were four reports including one from Lamlash Bay on 7-8 April.
Swift
On Saturday 30 May in the morning there was a report of two Swift flying over Sliddery. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 10 May. There are no confirmed breeding records of Swift on Arran.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose
On Wednesday 27 May in the evening there was a report of a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose feeding on the shore at Silver Sands for about half hour. It then flew west high. The last report of this occasional winter visitor to Arran was a sungle bird in Whiting Bay on 23 October 2019.
Sanderling
On Tuesday 19 May in the evening there was a report of a group of ten Sanderling feeding on the shore by Drumadoon Point. This Arctic breeding species was in a range of plumages with some already in breeding plumage..
Arctic Tern
On Friday 15 May there was a report of a single Arctic Tern off the beach by the Kildonan Hotel. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 14 May. This is one of the longest distance migrants wintering close to the Antarctic circle and breeding close to the Arctic circle.
Spotted Flycatcher
On Saturday 9 May in the afternoon there was a report of Spotted Flycatcher in High Kildonan.  It seems migrants hit the rain front this morning and dropped on the south end of Arran before moving on when the weather improved. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 11 May.
Wood Warbler
On Saturday 9 May in the morning there was a report of Wood Warbler singing in High Kildonan.  It sang for a few hours. It seems migrants hit the rain front this morning and dropped on the south end of Arran before moving on when the weather improved. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 17 May.
Garganey
On Sunday 3 May there was a report of a pair of Garganey with Teal on Sliddery shore. This is only the second ever Arran record of this summer visitor. The last record was also a pair on Torr Righ pond on 9 May 2012.
Magpie
On Saturday 2 May there was a report of a Magpie flying east along the cliffs at Dippin Head. The last Arran report of this vagrant species on Arran was a single bird at Silver Sands on 2 February.
Manx Shearwater
On Tuesday 28 April there was a report of twenty-five Manx Shearwaters off Imachar and on Wednesday 29 April there was one close in shore at Machriewaterfoot. These are the first Arran reports of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 15 April. For more information on Manx Shearwater click here.
Whitethroat
On Thursday 23 April there was a report of a Whitethroat singing from gorse at Machriewaterfoot. On the morning of Friday 24 April there were two further reports, one from Porta Buidhe and the other from Sliddery. These are the first Arran reports of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 20 April.
Bar-tailed Godwit
On Thursday 23 April there was a report of a Bar-tailed Godwit at Cosyden. This is the first Arran report this year of this long distance passage migrant. The last Arran record was on 1 September 2019 also at Cosyden.
Whinchat
On Wednesday 22 April there was a report of two male Whinchat in Glen Rosa. One of the birds was photographed. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 18 April.
Tree Pipit
On Sunday 19 April there was a report of a Tree Pipit singing from a woodland edge by Lamlash Golf Course.. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 20 April. For more info on our three common pipits click here.
Grasshopper Warbler
On Sunday 19 April a Grasshopper Warbler was seen, heard and recorded on the Community Field above Whiting Bay. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was also on 19 April. For more info on Grasshopper Warbler click here.
Sedge Warbler
On Thursday 16 April there was a report of a Sedge Warbler singing at Porta Buidhe, Kildonan. This is the first Arran report of this summer visitor received this year. The first report last year was on 20 April.
Garden Warbler
On Wednesday 15 April there was a report of a Garden Warbler on the north end of Holy Isle in the early eveningn. This is the first Arran report received this year. There were few records in 2019 of this summer visitor. The first report last year was on 24 May.
Whimbrel
On Wednesday 15 April there was a report of a Whimbrel on Sliddery Shore. Numbers of this regular passage migrant will build up over the following few weeks. To distinguish from the more common Curlew click here. Particularly look out for Whimbrel with coloured flags on their legs including A2 ( see photo). More info here.
Cuckoo
On Tuesday 14 April and Wednesday 15 April there were reports of Cuckoo calling in North Sannox. Also on 15 April there was a report a Cuckoo calling near the cemetery at the entrance to Glen Sannox. These are the first reports received this year. Last year the first report was on 19 April.
Scaup
On Monday 13 April there was a report of an adult male Scaup on Mossend Pond. The last Arran record of this occasional visitor was a female  on Sildery Shore on 20 September 2018.
Common Sandpiper
On Friday 10 April there was a report of a Common Sandpiper on Sliddery Shore. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report last year was on 22 March.
Common Scoter
On Wednesday 8 April in the evening there was a report of thirty-eight Common Scoter off Cosyden. This is the largest report of this migratory sea duck off Arran in the last forty years. It is more than double the previous highest total. For more information on their migration click here
Hoopoe
On Wednesday 8 April a Hoopoe was reported in the morning in High Kildonan. This striking and distinctive summer visitor to Europe is more assocated with warmer areas of the continent and may have overshot in its journey north. It is only the fourh ever record for Arran. The last record was in July 2006.
House Martin
On Monday 6 April there was a report of two House Martin at Machriewaterfoot in the early eveningn. This is the first Arran report received this year. The first report last year was on 18 March.
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