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Largest UK eagle spotted on west coast

In November, winter arrived with the first substantial snow on the mountains. The mean temperature was five degrees lower than October. It was drier than October, with the month ending in a cold dry spell. One of the highlights of the month was the appearance of two juvenile white-tailed eagles on the west coast on November 19. One observer photographed one of the birds between Imachar Point and Whitefarland Point. This is the first report of this rare vagrant to Arran this year.

Not surprisingly in November, winter visitors were to the fore. Throughout the month there were widespread reports of foraging fieldfare and redwing, sometimes in mixed fiocks. The largest group of fieldfare reported was 100 at Cnoc na Dail on 9th and the largest group of redwing was 50 at Corrie on 26th. Other records of wintering birds included: a brambling and a yellowhammer in Sliddery on 5th, five purple sandpiper at Silver Sands on 11th, 25 rook in Sliddery on 15th and a male blackcap in Brodick Country Park on 26th.

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