New season starts for Bute Bird Group

A whooper swan glides into land on the Greenan Loch - one of many regular winter visitors to Bute.
A whooper swan glides into land on the Greenan Loch - one of many regular winter visitors to Bute.

The Bute Bird Group’s new season of meetings and activities got under way at Bute Museum this week.

The Bird Group is an offshoot of the Buteshire Natural History Society, and meetings are held on a monthly basis at the museum in Stuart Street throughout the winter, alongside a regular programme of outdoor activities on Bute and beyond.

The speaker at the inaugural meeting was BNHS president Ron Forrester, who shed some light on the birding calendar on Bute, giving an idea of just some of the species which aren’t resident on Bute all year round but pay annual - or in some cases even less frequent - visits to the island to breed or migrate.

Dougie Menzies gave an update on some of the more notable avian sightings on the island, including that of a first-time visitor to the island, a Lesser Yellowlegs which usually spends its winters in South America but was spotted at Little Kilmory on October 1.

The group’s programme of winter talks includes looks at the birds of Goa, Senegal and Ayrshire; its next outdoor meeting is a walk from St Ninian’s Bay to Ettrick Bay on Saturday, November 3, led by Bill Stein (more information at bill1717@btinternet.com).

For more information on the Bute Bird Group’s programme of indoor and outdoor meetings, and on the island’s bird life, check out the BBG website (butebirdgroup.org.uk).