Spring Migrants 2020 in Argyll

  1. Sand Martin (Riparia riparian)
  2. Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
  3. Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
  4. Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe Oenanthe)
  5. Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
  6. Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
  7. Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
  8. Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia)
  9. House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
  10. Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
  11. Wood Warbler ( Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
  12. Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
  13. Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
  14. Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
  15. Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
  16. Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
  17. Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
  18. Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
  19. Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
  20. Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  21. Corncrake (Crex crex)
  22. Swift (Apus apus)
  23. Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
  24. Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
  25. Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

Following the Garden Birds series here at Greenhill Cottage, Luing, I thought I would continue on a similar theme, but this time change the emphasis to ‘Spring Migrants’ recorded in Argyll in 2020 by our members on Facebook.

For many birdwatchers, the spring migration period is the most exciting time of the year. It is a time of change, with the departure of winter visitors and the arrival of summer migrants. Whether you live on the coast or inland, you will see birds moving. Birdwatchers regularly record the first arrival dates of migrants such as the first Swallow or Cuckoo of the year. It is even more poignant this year with the Covid-19 Lockdown where some of us have used our exercise period to search for these newcomers.

Jim Dickson the Argyll Bird Recorder has produced a list of arrivals of these ‘Spring Migrants’ for this year and is a useful guide, listing the migrants and their earliest of dates. I hope he won’t mind me reproducing it here with a link for your benefit.

Tomorrow Sunday I will post the first of these spring migrants. Can you guess which bird will be featured ?