Tag: bird notes

Gulls with rings on Arran
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Gulls with rings on Arran

In June this year there were two reports of gulls with rings on their legs on Arran. Both were lesser black-backed gulls a familiar bird round the coast in the summer months. This species is in decline. Both birds had coloured Darvic rings enabling the bird to be identified at a distance. 

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Listen out for a rare nightjar

Hearing a nightjar used to be a not uncommon experience in Arran, but in the latter part of the twentieth century there was a decline.

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Listen for corncrake on Arran

There has been a report of corncrake calling on Arran, the first report in 12 years. Corncrake is a summer visitor breeding in Europe and Asia from Ireland as far east as western China and migrates to Africa for the northern hemisphere’s winter.

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Birding in lockdown

We may be in lockdown but for the birds life goes on as normal. In April migration continued and breeding got underway. As the bird recorder for the Arran Natural History Society, I rely on people sharing their bird observations with me and in lockdown I was heartened not just by the quantity of sightings that I received in April but also by the quality of them.

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Rare hoopoe spotted 14 years after last sighting

On Wednesday April 8 Fiona Laing was on her regular early morning round island delivery route when she saw a bird that she instantly recognised as a hoopoe. She wrote: ‘I’ll admit I think I yelled hoopoe when I saw it fly in front of the van.’