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September 2020
Geese and waders are now starting to appear as our winter birds start to flock in. A few very warm days encourage a last showing of Red Admiral and Tortoishell butterflies to be seen flitting about.

To find out more read our September Report!



August 2020
This month was fairly quiet as the last of the small birds departed and the influx of migrants started. Still some juveniles around but in smaller numbers.
The most notable thing was the very small number of butterflies seen as a wet July and August didnt help them.

To discover what was found read our August Report now!



July 2020
July was not so good weather wise but large numbers of juvenile birds showed June
was a productive month.
Good sightings were recorded at both the observatory and the airfield plus an exciting insect discovery.

To discover what was found read our July Report now!



June 2020
June was notable for some terrific weather and great conditions for parents feeding chicks. Lots of fledglings sighted and the appearance of some interesting plants were noted too.

To see what was around read our June Report now!



May 2020
The Observatory may be closed to the public but the Warden has been keeping an
eye on things. Meanwhile, around the area has been covered by a small army of regular nature watchers who have been keeping reports up to date. Take a look through this months reports and enjoy the photographs of the many species seen
and captured. We may be in lockdown but nature is not and there are many birds with chicks. May has been an exciting month in many ways. Find out why.

Read our May Report now!



April 2020
Observations have been coming in and a close watch is being kept on new arrivals. There are sightings being reported daily as local birders check on their personal patches and gardens and the reports have been flooding in.
This month we have got a photo packed report that also gives you a glimps into what was happening 10 years ago. Or, you could try the photo quiz. Are you up to it?

Read our April Report now!



March 2020
This would normally be the month for the Observatory to open to the public again. Unfortunatly, we are having to self isolate and look after ourselves due to the risks presented by the Corona virus.
This doesn't mean we will stop our observations at this key time of the year. There are sigtings being reported daily as local birders check on their personal patches and gardens to record the Spring birds arriving and to see the season unfolding as it always does.
This means we have a varied report for this month filled with great photos from the area.

Check out our March Report now!



February 2020
More sightings of male and female Hen Harrier as can be read in our report. Area observations continue with more sightings of Whooper Swan, and various flocks of geese.
Bad storms created some problems in the area but the flooded fields seemed popular with winter visitors.

Read our february Report!


January 2020
Whilst checking the area for visitors we were also treated to great views of both male and female Hen Harrier. What a great way to start the new year.


Check it out with our January Report!

We also have our 2019 Annual Report on site for download now.
Go to our Reports page.


December 2019
More local observations.

Catch up with our December Report!




November 2019
Daily observations ceased at MSBO in late October although an onshore November gale on 11th coupled with casual observations at the Laggan and interesting reports from local folk and visiting birders helped to shape a respectable November Report.

Catch up with our November Report!




October 2019
October is a month of change, darker nights, cooler temperatures and migrants. It is thrilling to hear the increasing number of geese flying overhead calling to one another. This is a time when the strange and unusal can turn up. Keep your eyes peeled, you never know.

To find out more, see the October Report!


September 2019
Due to technical difficulties the site was not updated for a few months. We are now    back on track and the reports have been updated. Please visit our reports section to catch up on what has been seen in the area.
For September it is noticable the amount of geese flying over the farmland and feeding in the waterlogged fields.

To find out more, see the September Report!






May 2019
Early May was dominated by cold northerly winds then high pressure arrived mid-month creating a rather hazy seascape; the north wind persisted and conditions resulted in a dearth of birds over the sea for most of the month. However, a WNW force 5 - 6 on 26th provided a decent window for quality seawatching.

Read about developments in the May Report!






April 2019
The Spring has arrived and an influx of migrants are arriving daily. It is so good to hear Wilow Warbler and Blackcap again. We have also had a few rarities turning up too.

Read the details in our April Report!






March 2019
The observatory is getting ready for another exciting year of research and discovery with the appointment of 2 new volunteer wardens to the team. David Millward and Jo Goudie bring an essential range of skills and interests that will indubitably augment many on-going studies at the MSBO. Aso news on the loss of one of the area's habitats.

Find out more with our March Report!






December 2018
Full daily observations concluded at MSBO on 10th November although many casual visits were made to Machrihanish and surrounding area to the end of the year.

Find out more with our December Report!


NEW! Just added - 2018 Annual Report !
Read it . . . .





November 2018
More migrant swans and geese and an influx of waders. The surrounding area is playing host to many visitors including some who carry rings adding to our migration information.

Find out more with our November Report!



October 2018
October is the month for migrant swans and geese and an influx of waders. Several Mediterranean Gull were also spotted.

Find out more with our October Report!



September 2018
The September Report includes significant visible migration counts (many from photographs) of fly-by waders, records of other species and summary photographs (19) along with sightings from around Kintyre by a few contributors.

Throughout September, daily surveillance of Northern Gannets crossing 8km overland to the west from Campbeltown Harbour (Clyde waters) to Machrihanish Bay (Atlantic) was sustained. This unique MSBO ongoing project will continue through to at least mid-October.

Arran Natural History Society and Argyll Bird Club visited MSBO during the month.

Read our September Report!



August 2018
The August Report includes many significant visible migration counts (many from photographs) of fly-by waders, records of other species and summary photographs (22) along with sightings from around Kintyre by an increasing number of contributors.
Throughout August, daily surveillance of Northern Gannets crossing 8km overland to the west from Campbeltown Harbour (Clyde waters) to Machrihanish Bay (Atlantic) was sustained. This unique ongoing MSBO project will continue through to October.

25 years old!
MSBO 25th Anniversary on 11th September 2018
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Get up to date with our August Report!



July 2018
The July Report includes many noteworthy visible migration counts of waders, records of other species and summary photographs from MSBO along with sightings from around Kintyre by an increasing number of contributors.
Surveillance of Northern Gannets crossing 8km overland to the west from Campbeltown Harbour to Machrihanish Bay was sustained throughout July. This matchless ongoing MSBO project will continue through to October.
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Read our July Report!



June 2018
The June Report includes records / summary photographs from MSBO along with sightings from around Kintyre by a few regular contributors. .

Catch up with our June Report!




May 2018
Surveillance of Northern Gannets crossing 8km overland to the west from Campbeltown Harbour to Machrihanish Bay was maintained this month. This matchless ongoing MSBO project will continue through to October. .

Catch up with our May Report!




April 2018
The April Report includes records / photographs from MSBO and The Laggan (TL) along with sightings from around Kintyre by regular contributors. Surveillance of Northern Gannets crossing 8km overland to the west from Campbeltown Harbour to Machrihanish Bay is well back on track. This matchless ongoing MSBO project will continue through to October. .

Catch up with our April Report!




March 2018
The March Report includes records / photographs from MSBO and The Laggan along with some recent sightings / photographs from other parts of Kintyre by a few regular contributors including notable information from Jim Dickson (Argyll Recorder).
Also, there was a favourable conclusion for a beleaguered Woodcock that was thought to have been brought indoors by a cat, and an unfavourable conclusion for a Red-breasted Merganser that lost its fish catch to a very determined Great Black-backed Gull illustrated with some great photos .

Read more in our March Report here!




February 2018
Grand News; an update on the Sooty Tern at MSBO seen/photographed by Eddie Maguire on 2nd June 2017. This record has recently been accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee and is now an additional species to the Argyll list which now stands at 355 (per Jim Dickson / Argyll Recorder and Argyll Bird Cub Website).

Find out more with our February Report here!




January 2018
This report includes some casual observations from MSBO and many photographs of male Hen Harriers at The Laggan roost along with records received from around Kintyre by a few regular contributors and records from Argyll Bird Club's website.

We also have a supplimentary report on the Hen Harrier population in the area. Click to read!

Read our January report here.



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