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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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Wigeon
On Wednesday 15 November there was a report of fifteen Wigeon in Auchenhew Bay. This is the first report from this location this winter. Reports of Wigeon have been received from five other locations on Arran so far this winter since the first report on Monday 18 September.
Goldeneye
On Tuesday 14 November there was a report of a female Goldeneye at the mouth of the Benlister burn in Lamlash Bay. This is the first Arran autumn report of Goldeneye this year. For more info on Goldeneye click here.
Tufted Duck
On Friday 10 November there was a report of a female Tufted Duck on Mossend Pond. This is only the second report of Tufted Duck on Arran this year. Also present on the pond were two Little Grebe.
Purple Sandpiper
On Sunday 29 October there was a report of a Purple Sandpiper with a group of Ringed Plover on the shore in front of the Kildonan Hotel. This is the first report this autumn of this regular winter visitor. The first report in 2016 was on 7 November.
Brambling
On Sunday 22 October there was a report of four Brambling on the Fallen Rocks track about 200yards from the car park, NS0147. They were in a flock with Goldfinch and Siskin.  This is the first report this autumn of this winter visitor. The first report in 2016 was on 19 October.
Fieldfare
On Saturday 21 October there were three reports of Fieldfare. There was a flock of two hundred in High kildonan , small numbers with a large flock of Redwing on Lochranza Golf Course and a mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare numbering around fifty on the Narachan track. These are the first reports this autumn of this regular winter visitor. The first report in 2016 was on 4 October.
Redwing
On Wednesday 18 October there were two reports of Redwing in High Kildonan. One was a flock of sixteen birds and the other a flock of eighteen. These are the first reports this autumn of this regular winter visitor. The first report in 2016 was on 4 October.
Whooper Swan
On Thursday 12 October there was a report of thirty Whooper Swan flying and calling over Glen Rosa and Strabane . This is only the second report this autumn of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant.
Whooper Swan
On Wednesday 4 October there was a report of five Whooper Swan in Sliddery. This is the first report this autumn of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant.
Puffin
On Monday 25 September a Puffin in non-breeding plumage was phtographed off Laggan on the east coast of Arran. This is the first autumn record of this species. The nearest increasingly successful breeding colony is Ailsa Craig. For more info click here.
Osprey
On Sunday 24 September there was a report of an Osprey over Pirnmill. This is the first autumn record of this species this year and only the second record this year. Osprey is a regular passage migrant on Arran.
Great Crested Grebe
On Saturday 23 September there was a report of two Great Crested Grebe off Pirnmill. This is the first report this year of this occasional winter and passage migrant.
Wigeon
On Monday 18 September there was a report of two Wigeon in Loch Ranza. This is the first report this autumn of this regular winter visitor and passage migrant.
Long-tailed Tit
On Monday 18 September there was a report of a large group of Long-tailed Tit along the Fisherman's Walk by Brodick Golf Course. It was estimated to be between eighteen and twenty-two. It is the largest reported group of this species on Arran this year.
Yellowhammer
On Saturday 9 September there was a report of a Yellowhammer at Torrylinnwater Foot.  This is the first autumn record of this species which was once a widespread resident breeding bird.
Arctic Skua
On Monday 4 September there was a second report of a dark phase Arctic Skua. This time moving through Whiting Bay scattering the mixed flock of gulls and mergansers as it moved south. One record in two years has been followed by two records in two days of this uncommon passage migrant.
Arctic Skua
On Saturday 2 September there was a report of a dark phase Arctic Skua among the Gannets in Catacol Bay. This is the first Arran report of this uncommon passage migrant since 6 July 2015 when two were reported off Newton Point.
Black-tailed Godwit
On Friday 1 September there was a report of Black-tailed Godwit on Shiskine Golf Course. This is the first Arran autumn record of this uncommon passage migrant and only the third record this year. There were only four records last year.
Bar-tailed Godwit
On Tuesday 29 August there was a Bar-tailed Godwit on the shore by Lenamhor Farm, Kilmory. This is the first Arran autumn record of this uncommon passage migrant and only the fourth record this year.
Knot
On Monday 28 August there was a further report of four Knot with Ringed Plover at Drumadoon Point and on Tuesday 29 August there was a Knot on the shore by Lenamhor Farm.
Knot
On Friday 25 August there was a report of a juvenile Knot with Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Turnstone on the shore by the rocks behind the Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot. This is the first Arran record of this regular passage migrant this year. Last year there were three records.
Great Skua
On Wednesday 16 August in the morning there was a further report of a Great Skua. This one gave good close views from the Lochranza to Claonaig ferry. This is the third record this year and the second autumn record of this uncommon passage migrant. In 2016 there was only one record in the autumn.
Great Skua
On Monday 14 August there was a report of a Great Skua passing Largymore. This is only the second record this year and the first autumn record. For more on Great Skua click here.  At the same time as this bird was seen there was a passage of around 1,000 Manx Shearwaters per hour.
Kingfisher
On Saturday 12 August there was a report of a Kingfisher from the Cordon end of Lamlash Bay. This is the first record from this location since August 2014. The bird by the Rosa burn in Brodick continues to be reported.
Little Egret
On Sunday 6 August there was a report of a Little Egret on the shore at Clauchlands, Lamlash Bay, in the morning. It was midway between the council offices and the outdoor centre. This is probably the same bird that was reported in Whiting Bay on Friday. There was no report of the bird in Whiting Bay on Saturday. In the late afternoon on Sunday Little Egret was again reported from the Sandbraes end of Whiting Bay.
Little Egret
On Friday 4 August there was a report of a Little Egret on the shore in front of Whiting Bay primary school. The bird was still there between 5.00pm and 6.00pm when this photograoh was taken. This is only the second Arran record of this species. The first record was in July 2013 on Sliddery Shore.
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. For more info click here.
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.


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