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December 2020
Another mild month making survival for the small birds easier. Some migrants arriving and geese numbers on the up.

Read more in our our December Report!



November 2020
A very mild November made for an interesting birdwatching month with geese and swans making there way over. Many small birds are now taking advantage of the feeders by the airfield making it a regular stop for the Sparrowhawk.

See what winter is bringing with our our November Report!



October 2020
Large flocks of Redwing and Fieldfares seen in the area are clear indications of the onset of winter. Plus a fabulous sighting of Leach's Storm Petrel - Photographed during a storm event on 26th October. Machrihanish holds the Scottish one-day record passage total of this species.

To find out more read our October Report!



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.