Tag: bird notes

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A male scaup lingered in Brodick Bay

For three days from May 14 to 16, a male scaup was reported from the north end of Brodick Bay. There were good views of this diving duck from the putting green and from Fisherman’s Walk. This occasional winter visitor to Arran seemed to be lingering.

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Siberian chiffchaff is Arran first

On Saturday 13 November in a garden in Sliddery a small bird was trapped, ringed, photographed, identified, and released by licensed bird ringers, Chris Southall and Rachel Dobson.

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Rare Scottish visitors spotted on Arran during migration

Brent geese nest on the boggy Arctic tundra, where the severe climate allows them only about two months of good weather in which to raise a family. By September, they are leaving their breeding grounds, and heading for their wintering areas where they spend the winter feeding on eelgrass in estuaries and on crops in adjoining fields.

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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.