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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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Species

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Wheatear

On Monday 20 March there was a report of a male Wheatear at Kilpatrick Point. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 28 March. The earliest Arran record was 13 March in 2005.

Iceland Gull

On Friday 17 March there was a report of an adult Iceland Gull in a field by the road from Sliddery to Corriecravie Moor. This is the first winter record of this uncommon winter visitor since March 2014.

Chiffchaff

On Monday 13 March there was a report of a Chiffchaff singing by Sannox Bay. The bird was also seen. This is the first record of this summer visitor this year. Last year the first Arran record was on 29 March.

House Martin

On Sunday 12 March there was a report of a solitary House Martin by the Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot just after 7.00am. The bird was watched flying and resting by hanging onto the vertical wall of the hotel adjacent to previous year's nests. This is a particularly early report for Arran. The bird was also seen on Monday 13 March. The earliest record to date for Arran is 28 March in 2005.

Common Scoter

On Tuesday 7 March there was a report of four Common Scoter off Cosyden. This is the first report this year of this occasional visitor.

White-Fronted Goose

On Wednesday 1 March there was a report of ten White-fronted Geese in the Shiskine. This is the first report this year of this occasional winter visitor. A similar number were reported the following day.

Skylark

On Friday 24 February there was a report of one hundred and thirty-five Skylark passig through Sliddery.

Gannet

On Saturday 18 February there were three reports of Gannet off Arran's coast. Two passed Largymore this morning, one passed the Fallan Rocks this afternoon and seven were reportd off Pladda also this afternoon. On Wednesday 15 February there was a report of one off Hamilton Rock in Lamlash Bay. These are the first Arran records this year.

Twite

On Thursday 9 February there was a report of a Twite in Corriecravie. This is the first Arran since a report from the King's Cave on 1 December 2016.

Water Rail

On Thursday 9 February there was a report of a Water Rail in Corriecravie. This is the first Arran report of this species this year.

Yellow hammer

On Tuesday 7 February there was a report of ten Yellowhammer in Sliddery. This is the largest group reported on Arran since 20 February 2015.

Brambling

On Sunday 5 February there was a report of two Brambling in Sliddery. This is the first Arran report since a report from Lamlash on 3 November.

Goshawk

On Tuesday 31 January there was a report of Goshawk on the south Arran. This may be an under-reported species on the island. The last record was March 2015

Linnet

On Sunday 29 January there was a report of eight Linnet at Sliddery. This species seems to leave Arran in the winter. The last record was 31 October 2016.

Rook

On Monday 16 January there was a report of two Rook in Sliddery. Rook are winter visitors to Arran. This is the first report this year.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Two January reports of this returning summer visitor three at Lochranza on Tuesday 3 January and two at Sandbraes on Saturday 21 January.

White-tailed Eagle

On Saturday 17 December there was a report of an immature White-tailed Eagle being mobbed by Buzzards in Clauchan Glen. This is the first report of this species on Arran this year. Their nearest breeding territory is Jura.

Shelduck

On Friday 9 December there was a report of a single Shelduck on Cleats Shore. This is the first Arran report of Shelduck returning following their departure for their autumn moult. More information here.

Waxwing

On Friday 2 December there was a report of a group of twenty Waxwing feeding on rowan by the Goat Fell Track. So far all Arran records of this irruptive winter visitor have been on the east coast of the island.

Common Scoter

On Friday 2 December there was a flock of twenty Common Scoter off Cosyden. This is the largest Arran group of this species this year.

Waxwing

On Tuesday 22 November there was a report of one hundred Waxwing in Corrie Golf Course. This is the largest group reported on Arran so far this winter.

Scaup

On Monday 14 November there was a report of a female Scaup in Brodick Bay by the mouth of the Rosa/Cloy burns. This is the first record this year of this occasional winter visitor to Arran waters.

Goldeneye

On Wednesday 9 November there was a report of a male Goldeneye on Mossend Pond. This is the first Arran winter record of the regular winter visitor. The last record was in April.

Woodcock

On Wednesday 9 November this Woodcock was photographed in a garden in Glen Cloy. The numbers of this species increase on Arran in the winter as birds move from the colder continent to the milder climes of the west coast.

Waxwing

On Tuesday 8 November and again on Monday 7 November in the morning there were reports of six/seven Waxwing in Kilbride Road, Lamlash. This follows the report on Sunday 6 November when there two Waxwing in the samr area in the late afternoon. Good close views of this irruptive species were obtained. This winter visitor is not recorded every year. The last Arran record was on 11 November 2014 at Cnoc na Dail.

Purple Sandpiper

On Monday 7 November there was a report of a Purple Sandpiper on one of the rocky shore dykes by Shiskine Golf Course. This is the first Arran record since May of this regular winter visitor.

Pink -Footed Goose

On Monday 7 November there was a report of fourteen Pink-footed Geese in the Shiskine valley. This is the first record in this area since March.

Common Scoter

On Monday 7 November there was a report of four Common Scoter off Cosyden. This is only the second autumn record of this species on Arran this year.

Snow Bunting

On Sunday 6 November there was a report of two Snow Bunting at the top of Sail Chalmadale. This is the first autumn report of this winter visitor on Arran this year.

Merlin

On Sunday 6 November there was a report of a male Merlin in Sliddery. This is the first autumn report of this regular passage migrant and winter visitor on Arran this year.

Brambling

On Sunday 6 November a male Brambling was photographed in a Shiskine garden. This is only the third Arran record this year.

Sooty Shearwater

On Monday 31 October there was a report of a Sooty Shearwater four nautical miles south of Pladda in the afternoon at 16.10. The bird was not photographed. The attached photo is illustrative. They are long distance migrants breeding on islands in the South Atlantic and South Pacific. It is a rare vagrant to Arran. Last record was 2009.

Swallow

On Friday 28 October there was a report of Swallow in Sliddery. Could this be the last report for 2016? In 2015 the last report was from Blackwaterfoot on 17 October but in 2014 the last report was from Whiting Bay on 2 December. Please keep me posted.

Tufted Duck

On Tuesday 25 October there was a report of a male Tufted Duck on the pond at Port na Lochan. This is the first autumn record of this occasional visitor to Arran. The bird was not in breeding plumage but still in partial eclipse plumage.

Yellow hammer

On Thursday 20 October there was a report of a Yellowhammer in Sliddery. This is the first autumn record ofthis species that used to breed on Arran. For more info click here.

Brambling

On Wednesday 19 October there was a report of three Brambling at Sliddery. This is the first report this year of this irreruptive winter visitor not seen every year on Arran. The last record was in November 2015 in Lamlash.

Whooper Swan

On Wednesday 19 October there was a report of five Whooper Swan flying over the Lakin. This is the first autumn report of this regular passage migrant and winter visitor.

Twite

On Friday 14 October there was a report of a flock of around thirty Twite on Kilpatrick shore. This is the first autumn record of this increasingly localised passage migrant.

Pink-footed Goose

On Sunday 9 October there was a report of nine Pink-footed Geese in Sliddery. This is the first Arran autumn report this year of this regular passage migrant and winter visitor.

Redwing and Fieldfare

On Tuesday 4 October in the morning there was a report of a passage of Redwing interspersed with the occasional Fieldfare over Whiting Bay golf course totalling around 70 Redwing and about 10 Fieldfare. This is the first Arran report of these wintering thrushes this autumn.

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