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First sooty tern spotted in Argyll

A SEABIRD species that was first spotted in Scotland in 1939 and not again until 1989 has flown over Argyll.

For Machrihanish Seabird Observatory warden Eddie Maguire it was just another ‘mind-numbing morning’ on Friday June 2 when at 11.04am a black and white seabird appeared about 150 metres to the north. Mr Maguire said: ‘It was some 20m or so above the sea and approaching the Point about 100m from the observatory.

‘From its very direct flight, my initial impression was that it was a pale morph skua. When I looked at it more closely it was obviously a black and white tern that suspiciously, had an alarming, for me, ‘non-European’ look about it.

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