Zapped and Waxed

I headed west with one of the days priorities to collect a dead bird of prey under power lines. An immature Golden Eagle it was and only dead a few days. A real shame, but not the first, and certainly won’t be the last. Buzzards have a habit of getting zapped to – at least 4 on Lewis this year that I am aware of.
Migrants wise many gardens and bushes checked, and many empty. Highlights:
Slavonian Grebe – 7 East Loch Roag
Chiffchaff – Brue & Gisla
Lesser Whitethroat – Callanish
Brambling – 6 for the day spread around
Siskin – several inc 10 Garrynahynie
Goldcrests – c12, and presumably migrants
Waxwing – Carloway.
The last was a real surprise. I could hear it calling and saw the back end of a bird fly off from some conifers! Quite early (but some on Shetland today also I am now told) but October birds are not unprecedented. Wonder if it will turn out to be a Waxwing invasion year?

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