Tag: bird notes

Yellowhammers still visit Arran in winter

Yellowhammers used to be familiar birds on Arran throughout the year.  During the breeding season the distinctive song of the stunning male, sounding like ‘a little bit of bread and no cheeeeese’, was a feature of many hedgerows throughout the island and in the winter, flocks fed in stubble fields.

Rough-legged buzzard: first Arran record in 47 years

The highly variable plumage of the familiar common buzzard on Arran makes the identification of rough-legged buzzard a challenge. Pale common buzzards occur on Arran and can perform incredible rough-legged buzzard look-alike acts.