Monthly Archives: August 2010

New house guest

Calum Mitchell stopped me earlier saying there was an injured strange bird in the village. At times like this you never know what the bird will be. This time it was a Fulmar sitting in the driveway. It didnt even … Continue reading

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Emerald Damselflies

The last few years have seen Alice Starmore¬†attain some stunning images of dragonflies on the Lewis moors. Many have proved to be wonderfully artistic with beautiful stain-glass window patterns in the wings and some amazing symmetrical¬†shots. This week Alice successfully … Continue reading

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Vis Mig

http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=2265 Flagged by Birdguides and Clive MacKay I thought I should give this a bash. Sitting in one spot and seeing what goes by. Seems like a nice option so tried a spot of ‘Vis Mig’ (visible migration watching) today. … Continue reading

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Eiders

Some interesting work being undertaken on Shetland which adds to the “Great Eider Debate”. In recent years we have seen several birds on Lewis which suggest they are from a northern population. The taxonomy and idebntification of teh Eider complex … Continue reading

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Mini seawatch

6 Storm Petrels off Butt of Lewis this am plus 1 Sooty, 23 Manx and 3 Bonxies 17 Black tailed Godwits on Ness machair with 78 Golden Plover. 2 more Blk tailed Godwits Barvas machair. 36 Knot at Steinish also … Continue reading

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Dippers making a come back?

In a similar vein to Grey Wagatils, Dippers may too make a comeback. We are fortunate to have our own Hebridean form on the islands but it must have come close to extinction in recent years. The sight of a … Continue reading

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House Martins

One that is on the increase, up here anyway. Several pairs have nested successfully on the Westside this year (well at least 3 pairs) with others in Stornoway, Tiumpain, near Gravir and Skigersta. Good to see. Photo of the Ness … Continue reading

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