Arran Birding


Go to content

Recent Sightings

Bird Sightings

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.

arranbirding.co.uk has complete discretion as to what information is added to these pages. In particular, any details which might reveal breeding sites of vulnerable species will be excluded. No information will be published which may in any way put birds at risk.

Species

Image

Details

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.


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.

Pink-footed Goose

On Monday 27 March there was a report of two skein of Pink-footed Geese heading north, seventy-two over Bennan Head and one hundred and twenty over Dippen Head.

Swallow

On Sunday 26 March there was a report of a Swallow at Kilpatrick Farm. This is the first Arran record this year of this summer visitor. Last year the first record was on 2 April. The earliest Arran record was 23 March in 2005.

Chiffchaff

On Sunday 26 March there were reports of singing Chiffchaff in Lamlash and on Holy Isle. On Saturday 25 March one was singing in Kildonan. 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 Friday 24 March there was a report of two House Martin in Corrie. 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.

Wheatear

On Wednesday 22 March there was a report of a Wheatear on the shore by Laggan. 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.

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.

Home Page | Bird Atlas | Reports | Photo Gallery | Finding Birds | Bird Sightings | Travel | Contacts | Site Map


Back to content | Back to main menu