Black Tern

Visiting Mealasta in Uig with work colleagues on Thursday sprung a surprise. A Black Tern sitting on the windswept golden sand at Mealista looking knackered. It did fly a bit out to sea but struggled to make any headway and came back to the beach. Mark Bolton who was with me should have some better shots, but meantime here are mine (which am pretty happy with). This one goes down as a good find from a moving car!
This is an excellent island record. Tony Marr had one last Sunday briefly in Ness but it is a long time before that since the last Lewis bird. Will have to dig through the history books. I suspect it is at least the first one photographed on the islands.
Other good birds on Thursday included:
3 Siskins – Horgabost, and 81 Common Scoter in ‘the Sound’ offshore with 4 Great northern Divers
Hen Harrier and 9 Brents – Scarista
17 Pale bellied Brents – Seilebost
Juvenile White tailed Eagle – Achmore
Male Kestrel – Brenish

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