April 2014

Please send records of any sightings of birds on the Isle of Bute to butebirdgroup@gmail.com

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Pictures from April 2014

29 April

Grasshopper Warbler – Gortans – Paul MacTaggert

Cuckoo – Gortans – Paul MacTaggert

Gargany – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies, Paul Power

28 April

Osprey – single at nest site, nest building – Doug Menzies, Billy Shields

Gargany (pair) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies, Iona Gray

Common Sandpiper – Craigmore at Glenfaulds – Paul Power

27 April

Black-throated Diver (3, 1 in summer plumage) – Dunstrone Point – Ian Hopkins

Gargany (pair) – Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins

26 April

Osprey(pair)  – at nest site – Willie Robertson

Osprey – Kirk Dam (observed perched in tree for 20 mins – Liz McKirdy

Gargany (pair) – still at Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins, Doug Menzies, Paul Power

Lesser Black-backed Gull (10) – Greenan Loch – Paul Power

Sedge Warbler  –  Greenan Loch – Paul Power, Doug Menzies

Whitethroat (2 singing) – Meikle Kilmory – Paul Power

25 April

Gargany (pair) – still at Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins, Doug Menzies

Mallard with 7 duckling – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Sedge Warbler  – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

White Wagtail (4) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Sand Martin (100+) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Black Guillemot (10) – Rothesay Harbour – Doug Menzies

24 April

Gargany (pair) – still at Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins, Doug Menzies

Mallard with 8 duckling – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Grasshopper Warbler – Gortans – Neil McKirdy

Cuckoo  – Gortans – Neil McKirdy

Skylark  – Gortans – Neil McKirdy

Whimbrel (heard) – Ardscalpsie Point – Ian Hopkins

23 April

Gargany (pair) – Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins

(Note – This is only the second record of this species on Bute)

Goosander (2) – Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins

Sedge Warbler – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Blackcap (1 singing male and a pair) – Skippers Wood – Doug Menzies

Mute Swan – Rothesay Castle (5 signets hatched) – Neil McKirdy

Grey Plover (6)- St Ninian’s Bay – Ian Hopkins

Bar-tailed Godwit (5)  – St Ninian’s Bay – Ian Hopkins

Shelduck (5) – St Ninian’s Bay – Ian Hopkins

22 April

Grasshopper Warbler (reeling) – opp recycling centre Westlands Road –  Paul Harper

Fieldfare (3) – Glen More – Ian Hopkins, Doug Menzies

Grey Wagtail – Upper Ettrick Burn – Doug Menzies

21 April

White Wagtail – Scalpsie Bay – Ron Forrester

Raven (6) – Ardencraig Gdns – Paul Power

19 April

Golden Eagle – hills behind Glecknabae – Paul Power

Jay – Balnakeilly Wood – Paul Power

18 April

Black Grouse (female)- North Bute – Paul Power

Whooper Swan (3) – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

16 April

Swallow – Glen More – Linda Mellor

14 April

Arctic Tern – Kerrycroy – Phil Kirkham

Wheatear (female)- St Ninian’s Bay – Bob Russon

Sandwich Tern (2) – St Ninian’s Bay – Bob Russon

Skylark (singing) – St Ninian’s Bay – Bob Russon

Grey Wagtail – St Ninian’s Bay – Bob Russon

Swallow (2) – Kilchattan Bay – Bob Russon

Tawny Owl – Kingarth near Hotel – Bob Russon

13 April

Siskin – at feeders Eden Place, Rothesay  – Ian Hopkins

Lesser Redpoll – at feeders Eden Place, Rothesay – Ian Hopkins

12 April

Osprey (metal ring) – Kirk Dam – John Williams

11 April

Sandwich Tern (2) – Craigmore Pier – Doug Menzies

Jay (pair mating) – Mount Stuart – Billy Shields

10 April

Swallow – Ascog – Phil Kirkham

Magpie – Mount Stuart – Billy Shields

Sandwich Tern – West Kyle off Ettrick Bay – Ian Hopkins, Doug Menzies

Sandwich Tern – Rothesay Bay – Bob Russon

09 April

Swallow – Mount Stuart – Margaret Shields

Siskin (9) – Mount Stuart at feeders – Billy Shields

08 April

House Martin – Rothesay Academy – Paul McTaggert

Gannet – Bruchag Shore – Norrie Mulholand

Chiffchaff – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

Willow Warbler – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

Great-spotted Woodpecker (male) – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

Whooper Swan (4) – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

Swallow (4) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Sand Martin (12) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Curlew (c70) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

Lapwing (c20) – Greenan Loch – Doug Menzies

07 April

Jay – Woodside Cottage – Iona Gray

Blackcap – singing at Ardencraig Road – Doug Menzies

Chiffchaff – singing at Ardencraig Road – Doug Menzies

06 April

Fieldfare (10) – Ballainley Farm – Ian Hopkins

Tufted Duck (26) – Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins

Wigeon (6) – Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins

Goosander (pair) – Greenan Loch – Ian Hopkins

04 April

Whooper Swan (4) – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

Sand Martin (4) – Barnauld Burn – Doug Menzies

03 April

Willow Warbler (singing) – Ballochgoy – Paul McTaggert

02 April

Willow Warbler – Barone Road near cemetry – Paul McTaggert

Swallow (2) – Ettrick Bay – Callum Geddes

Whooper Swan (4) – Kirk Dam – Doug Menzies

Chiffchaff (singing) – Ardencraig – Paul Power

01 April

Chiffchaff – St Brides Road – Paul McTaggert

Chiffchaff (singing) – Nubies Woods, Ballochgoy – Paul McTaggert