Common Murre

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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 NR5164 Sannaig, Jura 0 Youngson, P On ledges. Recorded by W. McDonald.
1975 NR5367 Small Isles Bay, Jura 0 Youngson, P Fishing.
1981 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 1000 Newton, S.F Min. 1000 pairs breeding, 2 main colonies. Success apparently good.
2001 NR2168 North-west Rhinns 0 RSPB Present in breeding season; no count of pairs
2002 NR2168 North-west Rhinns 0 RSPB Present in breeding season
08/07/1949 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 3 R.V Evidence of breeding.
08/07/1949 NR37 Islay (north): Killinallan to Bolsay 100 R.V NW cliffs.
17/08/1957 NR4370 Sound of Islay 30 Walker, A.F.G After a gale.
15/11/1969 NR3445 Cairnmore shore 3 Booth, C.G. dead this month
11/01/1970 NR3445 Cairnmore shore 1 Booth, C.G. oiled
18/03/1972 NR3045 The Oa, RSPB The Oa 2 A.K
14/05/1973 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Pearce, J & K
25/05/1973 NR2840 Port an Eas; Oa 5 Booth, C.G. & Neil Brooks 1 Guillemot to 20 Razorbills
09/06/1973 NR4369 Port Askaig 0 John, A
07/09/1973 NR3445 Cairnmore shore 1 Booth, C.G. well fed, dead, only smear of oil on breast
25/09/1973 NR0101 From ferry 0 Harling, J Seen during trip to Colonsay and Jura.
05/10/1973 NR2863 Uisgeantsuidhe 3 Booth, C.G. 3 dead ones together, note gale on 27 Sept, Only 1 of these Southern
21/03/1974 NR3059 Bowmore 1 Davies, M & Heubeck, M
04/07/1974 NR1553 Rubha na Faing 13 Payne, K
17/08/1975 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Michael Numerous.
20/08/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Allen, M.J, Bently, M & Peters, A
28/02/1976 NR0101 From ferry 0 Clugston, D Small numbers.
28/02/1976 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 18 Clugston, D Between Port Ellen and the N end of Gigha.
04/06/1976 NR2370 Sanaigmore 0 Glover, B.R
12/07/1976 NR3445 Cairnmore shore 1 Booth, C.G.
02/10/1976 NR0101 From ferry 200 Walker, A.F.G & Owen, J In parties of 5- 20.
29/10/1976 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Robinson, S.T Small number.
28/01/1977 NR2371 Sanaigmore Bay 1 Rainier, Mrs
18/04/1977 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 Campbell, B & R Summer plumage.
18/04/1977 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Campbell, B & R Singles and parties.
21/05/1977 NR2370 Sanaigmore 0 Harrison, J.M & V.A
21/05/1977 NR2068 Rubha Lamanais, RSPB Smaull 0 Harrison, J.M & V.A
22/05/1977 NR2168 RSPB Smaull 0 Elliott, R.E. Few at 'Opera House' rocks.
25/05/1977 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Many, Port Carraig Sgairn.
01/07/1977 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 0 Brody, P Many off headlands.
02/07/1977 NR0101 From ferry 40 Unknown Between Gigha and Port Ellen.
06/07/1977 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 10 Unknown
09/07/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 140 Unknown
08/10/1977 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Off S coast.
08/10/1977 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 1 Clarke, A
14/10/1977 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 2 Elliott, R.E. Offshore. Not confirmed.
31/03/1978 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 4 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn, in cave and on cliff.
15/05/1978 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
23/05/1978 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E.
27/05/1978 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Abundant off SE coast.
18/03/1979 NR1652 Portnahaven 2 Elliott, R.E. In harbour.
31/03/1979 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Off SE coast.
07/06/1979 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 University of Cambridge, Extra-Mural Studies.
20/10/1979 NR0101 From ferry 1 Carr, G
03/03/1980 NR44 Islay (south-east): Lagavulin to Kildalton 0 Coffey, P & L
29/03/1980 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Off SE coast.
01/04/1980 NR2940 Beinn Mhor; Oa 0 Booth, C.G. back on ledges
31/05/1980 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Carr, G Large colonies, all seen to be still on eggs.
19/07/1980 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 0 Campbell, B Seen soon after leaving Port Ellen. More further out. Many ad/juv 'duos'.
23/08/1980 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Abundant Gigha/Islay.
06/09/1980 NR0101 From ferry 0 Elliott, R.E. Few McArthur's Head/ Gigha.
10/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Unknown Seen during 5 hours of watching.
13/09/1980 NR3162 Carnain 1 Unknown On walk between Bowmore and Carnain.
12/02/1981 NR0101 From ferry 0 Sparks, P.H & G.M.B
17/02/1981 NR0101 From ferry 8 Sparks, P.H & G.M.B 5 in summer plumage.
17/03/1981 NR3943 Texa 0 Elliott, R.E.
20/03/1981 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Clugston, D.L & Wilson, M
20/03/1981 NR0101 From ferry 0 Clugston, D.L & Wilson, M
25/05/1981 NR1758 Rubha Ghlamraidh 0 Elliott, R.E.
30/05/1981 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 0 Elliott, R.E. Many off SE coast.
04/09/1981 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Eilean an Ron 1 Booth, C.G.
27/12/1981 NR1755 Lossit Bay 40 Hunt, A.J, Greem, E.E, & Henderson, M Observations between Portnahaven and Machir Bay.
29/12/1981 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 1 Hunt, A.J, Greem, E.E, & Henderson, M Location either Bridgend & Loch Skerrols or Saligo Bay area.
16/02/1982 NR2961 Top Loch Indaal 1 Booth, C.G. washed up dead
19/03/1982 NR0101 From ferry 0 Clugston, D Quite common.
29/03/1982 NR2961 Loch Indaal 150 Booth, C.G. 150/200, feeding with mixed gulls
31/03/1982 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 150 Clarke, A Port Carraig Sgairn.
04/09/1982 NR0101 From ferry 0 Smith, M Large numbers between Gigha and Port Askaig.
26/02/1983 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 0 Elliott, R.E. SE coast.
09/03/1983 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6 Elliott, R.E.
30/04/1983 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 0 Copley, B & N
30/04/1983 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Copley, B & N
31/05/1983 NR1756 Lossit Point 0 Elliott, R.E.
01/06/1983 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn. Bridled form.
08/04/1984 NR4653 Claggain Bay 0 Elliott, R.E. Many.
11/05/1984 NR1856 Lossit 0 K.N.
11/05/1984 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 886 K.N. Max. count. Most auks off Frenchman's Rocks were this species.
11/05/1984 NR3147 Kintra 0 K.N.
27/05/1984 NR1958 Tormisdale 0 Elliott, R.E. On cliffs.
28/05/1984 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
02/02/1985 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Bamforth, et al.
21/07/1985 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 0 Elliott, R.E. Offshore from rocks, with razorbills, both juvs and adults.
22/02/1986 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 0 Butterworth, P
08/05/1986 NR2168 RSPB Smaull 0 Elliott, R.E. Few on cliffs to NW.
25/05/1986 NR2171 Sanaig Cliffs 0 Elliott, R.E. Port Carraig Sgairn.
15/07/1986 NR2169 Traigh Bhan 0 Entwisle- Baker, S & J
21/07/1986 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Youngs, T
06/10/1986 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 Russell, D & T
13/03/1987 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 0 Clugston, Johnstone, & Wilkinson
13/03/1987 NR4653 Claggain Bay 0 Clugston, Johnstone, & Wilkinson
13/03/1987 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Clugston, Johnstone, & Wilkinson
14/03/1987 NR5978 Lagg, Jura 1 Jardine, D.C & J
02/07/1987 NR2755 Laggan Point 2 Elliott, R.E.
02/10/1987 NR2974 Ardnave Point 0 Elliott, R.E.
10/10/1987 NR3059 Bowmore 2 Russell, D & T
10/10/1987 NR2063 Machir Bay 1 Russell, D & T
17/10/1987 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Griffin, M
25/10/1987 NR4653 Claggain Bay 1 Bristol Ornithological Club
25/10/1987 NR3059 Bowmore, Loch Indaal 3 Bristol Ornithological Club
25/10/1987 NR4346 Loch an t-Sailein 1 Bristol Ornithological Club
25/10/1987 NR1553 Rubha na Faing 2 Bristol Ornithological Club
24/05/1992 NR2154 Octofad 0 Whitworth, J.
26/05/1992 NR1856 Lossit 0 Whitworth, J.
05/06/1992 NR2154 Octofad 0 Whitworth, J.
01/06/1993 NR2154 Octofad 2 Whitworth, J.
24/10/1993 NR1652 Portnahaven 30 Prytherch, R.J. off SE coast + 87 unidentified auks prob. same sp.
26/10/1993 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 1 Prytherch, R.J. off P.C.
27/10/1993 NR2974 Ardnave Point 2 Prytherch, R.J. + 2 unidentified auks
19/08/1995 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 0 Elliot, D.
09/09/1995 NR0101 Ferry crossing 300 Hesp, L.
23/09/1995 NR0101 Ferry crossing 70 Hesp, L.
02/05/1996 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 RSPB fresh carcass found - raptor kill (PE?)
09/06/1996 NR2168 North-west Rhinns 10 RSPB
09/06/1996 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 10 RSPB
28/02/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 15 McKeown, D.
01/03/1997 NR2457 Carn 10 McKeown, D.
03/03/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 5 McKeown, D.
19/03/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 1 Hampson, P.
22/03/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 12 Barker, A.
19/04/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 5 Ogilvie, M.A., & ap Rheinallt, T.
07/06/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 0 Bradbury, P.N. Small nos.
02/09/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 59 Robinson, P. > south
25/09/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Ogilvie, M.A.
19/10/1997 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 2 Ogilvie, M.A.
19/10/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 James, P.
21/10/1997 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 James, P.
22/10/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 James, P.
02/11/1997 NR3059 Bowmore, Loch Indaal 2 Tigwell, E.
30/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6 Robinson, P. South.
02/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 8 Robinson, P. South.
03/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Robinson, P. 2 south, 1 north.
19/10/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Unknown visitor
22/10/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Unknown visitor
06/01/1999 NR2063 Machir Bay 1 Visser, S.
04/06/1999 NR3444 Carraig Fhada 1 Gulliver, R. & M. Found dead - ringed Canna in 1986
01/11/1999 NR4653 Claggain Bay 4 Travis, C.
03/11/1999 NR2963 Uiskentuie, Loch Indaal 1 RSPB
05/11/1999 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 2 ap Rheinallt, T.
10/11/1999 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 1 Rodger, C.C.
15/01/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Dyer, M.
15/04/2000 NR4653 Claggain Bay 1 Featherstone, M. Seen regularly to 25th
31/05/2000 NR1958 Tormisdale 414 Whitehouse, A. Adults on nests
20/10/2000 NR0101 Ferry crossing 4 Travis, C. Several groups of 4-6
25/10/2000 NR2866 Loch Gruinart, RSPB Loch Gruinart 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >N
24/10/2001 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Hogg, J. Strong passage south.
30/09/2002 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 133 Johnson, M. & S.
04/10/2002 NR2560 Phuirt Bhan, Loch Indaal 11 Johnson, M. & S.
27/12/2002 NR1651 Port Wemyss 775 Richards, B. Seawatch 0830-1030
12/02/2004 NR0101 From ferry, Port Askaig to Kennacraig 13 Glasgow RSPB
15/02/2004 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 22 Glasgow RSPB
10/07/2004 NR4370 Sound of Islay 50 C R McKay
07/10/2004 NR2974 Ardnave Point 3 C R McKay Migrants >W in 1 hour
13/10/2004 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 2 Peter Swallow (BT)
14/10/2004 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 2 Peter Swallow (BT)
17/10/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 0 Peter Swallow (BT)
23/10/2004 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Julie Hogg (BT)
24/10/2004 NR3062 Glenburn, Loch Indaal 1 Julie Hogg (BT)
24/10/2004 NR3160 Power Station, Bowmore, Loch Indaal 1 Julie Hogg (BT)
25/10/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 0 Julie Hogg (BT)
25/10/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Julie Hogg (BT) scarce, mostly south
25/10/2004 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 2 Julie Hogg (BT)
26/10/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 0 Julie Hogg (BT)
27/10/2004 NR3360 Gartmain, Loch Indaal 2 Julie Hogg (BT)
29/10/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 6 Julie Hogg (BT)
29/10/2004 NR2063 Machir Bay 2 Julie Hogg (BT) both dead separately on beach
29/10/2004 NR2863 Traigh an Luig, Loch Indaal 3 Julie Hogg (BT)
01/02/2005 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 1 Wright, S.J & Puolakka, T.K
14/03/2005 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Grant, G
16/09/2006 NR3362 Bridgend, Loch Indaal 1 Bows, D
23/09/2006 NR4654 Ardtalla 1 Hemming, J & Eithin, B
21/10/2006 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 1 Lewin, A.E
11/06/2007 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 1 Walsh, J
26/06/2010 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 1 Cheesley, P & H
21/08/2010 NR0101 From ferry 1 Featherstone, M
29/09/2010 NR2661 Bruichladdich 1 George Newall
04/06/2011 NR0101 From ferry - Kennacraig to Port Askaig 0 Mark & Sally Johnson Ferry crossing
12/09/2011 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Peter Roberts