Black-legged Kittiwake

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This species has been recorded at locations shown on this map.

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Red dots on the maps indicate individual records with an accuracy of 1 km or better. Black squares are centred in those 10 km squares of the national grid in which there is at least one record at 10 km accuracy.

Date Gridref Site Quantity Recorder Comment
1975 NR5471 Corran beach, Jura 40 Youngson, P
08/07/1949 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 0 R.V Probable breeding.
08/07/1949 NR37 Islay (north): Killinallan to Bolsay 0 R.V NW cliffs, nesting activity.
17/08/1957 NR4653 Claggain Bay 257 Walker, A.F.G Flying N.
18/03/1972 NR4654 Ardtalla 1 A.K
18/03/1972 NR3045 The Oa, RSPB The Oa 1 A.K
14/05/1973 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Pearce, J & K
09/06/1973 NR1651 Orsay 0 John, A Seen only off Orsay.
25/09/1973 NR0101 From ferry 0 Harling, J 1 or 2 seen from boat on trip to Colonsay and Jura.
15/03/1974 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 1 Clugston, D.L & Shenton, D.C
25/05/1974 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
30/06/1974 NR2066 Saligo Bay 1 Payne, K
30/06/1974 NR1851 Cnoc Undail 5 Payne, K Sea watch.
04/07/1974 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 10 Payne, K
04/07/1974 NR1553 Rubha na Faing 4 Payne, K
17/08/1975 NR2271 Port na Diollaide 0 Michael
17/08/1975 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Michael
20/08/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 4 Allen, M.J, Bently, M & Peters, A
20/08/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 49 Allen, M.J, Bently, M & Peters, A
01/01/1976 NR5267 Craighouse, Jura 15 Youngson, P
28/02/1976 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 14 Clugston, D Between Port Ellen and the N end of Gigha. 3 adults + 1 first winter. 10 around a trawler.
28/02/1976 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 0 Clugston, D Several adults and a first- winter bird following an incoming trawler.
08/03/1976 NR1856 Lossit 0 Ralph, S.E
06/05/1976 NR2370 Sanaig 350 Booth, C.G. 350-400 + another colony of 50
07/05/1976 NR177584 Brown Cave; Lossit 80 Booth, C.G. 40 prs
18/09/1976 NR3171 Killinallan 0 Rooze, P.M
18/09/1976 NR2873 Ardnave 0 Rooze, P.M
02/10/1976 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 200 Walker, A.F.G & Owen, J Moving S at rate of 200 per hour.
29/10/1976 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Robinson, S.T Small number.
06/11/1976 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Roworth, P Singles along NW coast.
11/03/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E.
19/03/1977 NR1756 Lossit Point 33 Roworth, P
18/04/1977 NR1652 Portnahaven 1 Campbell, B & R
18/04/1977 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Campbell, B & R Tarrock and adult.
21/05/1977 NR2370 Sanaigmore 0 Harrison, J.M & V.A
08/10/1977 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. S coast, abundant, 5% juv.
10/10/1977 NR2066 Saligo 0 Elliott, R.E. Many.
14/10/1977 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 1 Elliott, R.E. Offshore.
14/10/1977 NR2863 Traigh an Luig, Loch Indaal 1 Elliott, R.E. Immature.
21/10/1977 NR4173 Bunnahabhain 1 Andrew, D
22/10/1977 NR3052 Laggan Bay 0 Elliott, R.E. Many adults and juvs over presumed fish shoal. Near airport.
03/11/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 200 Davies, M Heading S.
03/11/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 30 Davies, M 2 first year birds.
06/11/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 20 Davies, M Between Mull of Oa and Upper Killeyan.
27/12/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Askaig to Kennacraig 4 Norriss, T.J
29/12/1977 NR1652 Portnahaven 3 Norriss, T.J
15/05/1978 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
23/05/1978 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E.
31/03/1979 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 1 Elliott, R.E.
24/05/1979 NR1756 Lossit Point 0 Elliott, R.E. On cliffs.
07/06/1979 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 University of Cambridge, Extra-Mural Studies.
01/08/1979 NR6486 Inverlussa, Jura 20 Burton, H & Taylor, B & P On rocky islet.
20/10/1979 NR0101 From ferry 10 Carr, G
20/03/1980 NR3162 Carnain 1 Elliott, R.E. Immature, shingle flat.
26/03/1980 NR3360 Gartloist 80 Elliott, R.E. Off headland. Resting then took off.
19/07/1980 NR1755 Lossit Bay 1 Campbell, B Long dead adult.
19/07/1980 NR1651 Orsay 0 Campbell, B Tens to low hundreds, apparently all adults.
23/08/1980 NR0101 Ferry crossing 100 Elliott, R.E. Gigha/Islay, in one raft.
24/08/1980 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 1 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
28/08/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E. 2 to 5.
28/08/1980 NR1755 Lossit Bay 0 Elliott, R.E. Several.
06/09/1980 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Abundant. McArthur's head to Gigha.
10/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 158 Unknown Seen during 5 hours of watching.
16/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 230 Unknown Seen during 3 hours of watching.
17/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 626 Unknown Seen during 3 hour watch.
16/01/1981 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Crawshaw, J & Warwick, S
12/02/1981 NR0101 From ferry 4 Sparks, P.H & G.M.B
20/03/1981 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 70 Clugston, D.L & Wilson, M
25/05/1981 NR1758 Rubha Ghlamraidh 0 Elliott, R.E. 2 colonies NNW of trig. point on Lossit cliffs.
08/06/1981 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 49 Robinson, S.T
29/09/1981 NR1864 Coul Point 1072 Stroud, D Max. passage in 1 hour.
27/12/1981 NR1755 Lossit Bay 6 Hunt, A.J, Greem, E.E, & Henderson, M Observations between Portnahaven and Machir Bay.
04/09/1982 NR6486 Inverlussa, Jura 500 Smith, M
30/04/1983 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 0 Copley, B & N
30/05/1983 NR4650 Ardmore 0 Elliott, R.E. Heard offshore.
31/05/1983 NR1758 Rubha Ghlamraidh 0 Elliott, R.E. N end of Lossit cliffs, with eggs.
01/06/1983 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
31/12/1983 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 20 Degnan, L
03/04/1984 NR1958 Tormisdale 0 Elliott, R.E. Cliffs.
11/05/1984 NR1856 Lossit 0 K.N.
11/05/1984 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 53 K.N. With feeding flocks further out and some moving other way.
27/05/1984 NR1958 Tormisdale 0 Elliott, R.E. Cliffs.
06/09/1985 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E. Abundant to S, a third 1st year birds.
19/09/1985 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 18 Elliott, R.E. 17 to S, 1 to N.
02/10/1985 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 Elliott, R.E. To S.
31/10/1985 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E. Many heading S. Fresh N wind.
14/03/1986 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Clugston, D & I, Rockall, R & T
25/04/1986 NR1758 Rubha Ghlamraidh 0 Elliott, R.E. Abundant.
25/05/1986 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
02/07/1986 NR1758 Rubha Ghlamraidh 0 Elliott, R.E. Fledging.
15/08/1986 NR3342 Port an Eas 0 Elliott, R.E.
06/10/1986 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 20 Russell, D & T Passage S in 1 hour.
13/03/1987 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Clugston, Johnstone, & Wilkinson
14/03/1987 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. 2 colonies.
09/08/1987 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Few
02/10/1987 NR2974 Ardnave Point 0 Elliott, R.E.
17/10/1987 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Griffin, M
25/10/1987 NR4346 Loch an t-Sailein 6 Bristol Ornithological Club
24/05/1992 NR2154 Octofad 0 Whitworth, J.
26/05/1992 NR1856 Lossit 0 Whitworth, J.
31/05/1993 NR2154 Octofad 0 Whitworth, J.
24/10/1993 NR1652 Portnahaven 9 Prytherch, R.J. off SE coast
27/10/1993 NR2974 Ardnave Point 3 Prytherch, R.J.
28/10/1993 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 1 Prytherch, R.J. at least
30/10/1993 NR0101 Ferry crossing 60 Prytherch, R.J. N of Gigha, off W Loch Tarbert
10/09/1994 NR1864 Coul Point 120 Walker, D. Seawatch 0700-1600
10/10/1994 NR3052 Laggan Bay 6 Leven, J. van't.
24/10/1994 NR3052 Laggan Bay 4 Leven, J. van't.
06/07/1995 NR1653 Claddach 310 ap Rheinallt, T. On rocks
19/08/1995 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Elliot, D.
03/03/1997 NR2468 Coille 1 ap Rheinallt, T. In field; blown in?
24/03/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 1 Barker, A.
16/08/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 30 Rae, S.
17/08/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Rae, S.
20/08/1997 NR4370 Sound of Islay 1 Rae, S.
21/08/1997 NR4173 Bunnahabhain 1 Rae, S.
30/08/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 75 Robinson, P. > south
26/10/1997 NR2370 Sanaigmore 1 Tigwell, E. Dead - peregrine kill?
26/10/1997 NR2370 Sanaigmore 1 Tigwell, E. Dead - PE kill?
25/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 122 Robinson, P. 117 South, 5 north.
27/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 368 Robinson, P. 358 south, 10 north.
30/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 4 Robinson, P. 2 South, 2 north.
02/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 15 Robinson, P. 11 South, 4 north.
03/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 83 Robinson, P. 81 south, 2 north.
22/10/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Unknown visitor
25/10/1998 NR2370 Sanaigmore 608 McKay, C.R. >SW in 30 min
21/03/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 23 ap Rheinallt, T.
15/05/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 18 ap Rheinallt, T.
14/07/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 160 Whitehouse, A. 80>S 80>N in 1.5 hrs
14/07/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 160 Whitehouse, A. 80 > south, 80 > north
01/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Whitehouse, A.
26/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 175 Robinson, P. 168>S 7>N in 1 hr
28/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 35 Robinson, P. 28>S 7>N in 2 hrs
29/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 48 Robinson, P. >S in 0.5 hr
01/09/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 44 Robinson, P. >S in 1 hr
01/10/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Whitehouse, A. Monthly summary: 855 in 2.5 hrs. Mean hourly rate 342; max 642 in 1.5 hrs on 28th
02/11/1999 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 17 Travis, C.
05/11/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 2 ap Rheinallt, T.
10/11/1999 NR3362 Bridgend, Loch Indaal 1 Rodger, C.C.
11/11/1999 NR2267 Ballinaby 180 Rodger, C.C.
30/11/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 RSPB
30/11/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 50 RSPB
15/01/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 Dyer, M.
16/01/2000 NR0101 Ferry crossing 1 Dyer, M.
23/04/2000 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 ap Rheinallt, T.
12/06/2000 NR1652 Portnahaven 200 Dawson, J.
27/08/2000 NR2970 Loch Gruinart (unspecified) 1 Whitehouse, A.
01/09/2000 NR4370 Sound of Islay 280 Roper, S. >S
23/10/2000 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 5 Carr, G.
08/08/2001 NR2866 Gruinart Flats, RSPB Loch Gruinart 31 ap Rheinallt, T. Flew S to head of loch then back N again
24/10/2001 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Hogg, J. Strong passage south, mostly juveniles.
27/10/2001 NR2870 Garra Eallabus 140 ap Rheinallt, T.
24/05/2002 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 16 RSPB
03/08/2002 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 48 RSPB
28/09/2002 NR2063 Machir Bay 1 McKay, C.R.
30/09/2002 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 25 Johnson, M. & S.
05/10/2002 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. Almost entirely white - apparently albino rather than v. faded
27/12/2002 NR1651 Port Wemyss 64 Richards, B. Seawatch 0830-1030
12/02/2004 NR0101 From ferry, Port Askaig to Kennacraig 7 Glasgow RSPB
15/02/2004 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 2 Glasgow RSPB
04/06/2004 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 43 C R McKay
10/07/2004 NR4370 Sound of Islay 50 C R McKay
27/08/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 142 C R McKay 118 ADS, 24 JUVS.
11/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 17 C R McKay S in 3 h 10 mins. 14 ad, 3 juv,
12/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 17 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt S in 4h 30mins. 15 ads, 2 j
14/09/2004 NR2972 Tayovullin, Loch Gruinart 75 C R McKay
15/09/2004 NR2974 Ardnave Point 59 C R McKay >W in 2h
18/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 24 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt >S in 1h. 12 ad, 12 juv.
20/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 124 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt >S in 6h.
21/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1748 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt 7h seawatch totals calculated from 15 minute sample counts made each hour
22/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 24 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt 2h seawatch totals calculated from 15 min sample counts made at 30 min past the hour.
05/10/2004 NR2869 Creag Mhor, Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 292 C R McKay Migrants entering L.Gruinart (some flying back out again) in 4 h of intermittent obs - so min totals
06/10/2004 NR2869 Creag Mhor, Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 206 C R McKay Migrants in & out of Loch Gruinart in force 6 NW winds.
07/10/2004 NR2974 Ardnave Point 91 C R McKay Migrants >W in 1 hour. 81 ads, 10 juvs
25/10/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Julie Hogg (BT) mainly south
03/05/2005 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 0 McKay, C Entering loch in evening.
16/09/2009 NR277726 Ardnave 5 Fotheringham
26/06/2010 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 1 Cheesley, P & H
04/06/2011 NR0101 From ferry - Kennacraig to Port Askaig 3 Mark & Sally Johnson
12/09/2011 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 7 Peter Roberts 2 of which adult
13/09/2011 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Peter Roberts