Saturday 10 June. Loch Lomond RSPB Reserve. Led by Anne Archer (contact details: phone 01700 811611, email ). Meet at the RSPB visitor hub car park. Please contact Anne if you wish to go on this trip as places are limited. RSPB will charge £5 per person for a guided tour. Wellies may be required and walking will be across open ground off paths.

Sunday 25 June. Skipness (Kintyre). Led by Katie Pendreigh (contact details: phone 01583 441359, email ). Meet in the car park beside the entrance to Skipness Castle at 10.00 hrs. The Sea Food Cabin will be open for lunch.

Saturday 29 July. Clachan (Kintyre). Led by Malcolm Chattwood (contact details: phone 01546 603389, email ). Meet in the Clachan Village Hall car park at 10.00 hrs (Grid Reference NR766562).

Saturday 26 August. Colonsay. Led by David Jardine (contact details: phone 01546 510200, email ). A full-day visit with transport provided. Further details from David Jardine. You must book with David in advance to attend this trip, as numbers are limited by vehicle spaces.

September 16-19. – weekend trip to Tiree, Led by David Jardine. (contact details: phone 01546 510200, email ). Further details from David and also in the June ‘Eider’ pages 2 -3.

Saturday 28 October. – Sound of Gigha.  Led by Katie Pendreigh or Mike Harrison. Await further details.

Sunday 26 November. – Loch Gilp and the Add Estuary. Led by Jim Dickson (contact details: phone 01546 603967, email:  Please meet at the Corran car park, Lochgilphead at 10:00 hrs and bring a packed lunch. Moderate amount of walking involved.

Rookery Survey

Don’t forget the Club Rookery Survey in April – check the details in the March Eider.  All records of rookeries can be submitted to David Jardine at


The autumn indoor meeting, including the Annual General Meeting of the club, will be held on Saturday 4 November 2017 at the Cairnbaan Hotel, near Lochgilphead.

Time Session

0930 Doors open, coffee and tea

0950-1000 Welcome and introduction—Mike Harrison, Chairman of the Argyll Bird Club

1000-1030 Recent bird sightings and photographs—Jim Dickson, Argyll Bird Recorder

1030-1100 The people and birds of Ethiopia—Neil Hammatt

1100-1120 Coffee/tea

1120-1210 The birds of Colonsay and Oronsay—David Jardine

1210-1230 Talk to be arranged

1230-1400 Lunch (available in the hotel, if required)

1400-1440 AGM

1440-1500 BTO surveys and updates—Nigel Scriven

1530-1600 Tea/coffee

1600-1620 Results from the Argyll Bird Club’s rookery survey—David Jardine

1620-1630 Raffle and closing remarks

1500-1530 Bird watching in Costa Rica—Sue Furness

The spring 2018 indoor meeting will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 at the Inveraray Inn, Inveraray.