Yellowhammers claw a niche in Kintyre

Want to read more?

We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Already a subscriber?
Subscribe Now

A ONCE common bird which became scarce, the Yellowhammer is once again flying round Kintyre.

Machrihanish Seabird Observatory warden Eddie Maguire said that Esther Thomson was regularly feeding up to 12 yellowhammers in her Davaar Avenue garden.

Mr Maguire said that Yellowhammers used to be very common in Kintyre. They have become increasingly rare as a farmland species with long-term trends showing a 55 per cent decrease in the UK population between 1970-2013.

He added that Roy and Susie Bennett in Southend have about 8-10 Yellowhammers in their garden and that combined these are the best numbers reported in Kintyre for many years.

In Argyll and Bute 1,287 people took part in the RSPB’s big garden watch on the last weekend in January. The most common bird spotted was the Chaffinch with an average number of seven in 87.7 per cent of gardens.