Busy last autumn days

Almost looking forward to the clocks going back it is so busy at the moment.

Waxwings continue to surge in. Nearly 3500 were logged in Scotland, primarily in the Highlands and Islands, on Monday so that gives a gauge on the scale of the influx. As big as the 2004 irruption or larger? Good to see lots of juveniles mixed in though so they have clearly had a successful breeding season. The counts are continuing to rack up.

Curishader c100, Valtos 1, Barvas 15, Cross 11, Stornoway Woods 300+, Plasterfield 30, Urquhart Gardens/Hospital c100, Horgabost 30, Sheishader 8

Presumably they will have to move on soon as their food source becomes depleted.

Elsewhere a juvenile American Golden Plover with c650 Eurasian Goldies on Ness machair between the Social Club and the playpark was good to see as was a Little Egret on Loch Stiapabhat. Seems to be a favoured site for them when they rarely do turn up on Lewis. The adult Glaucous loiters on but a handful of Eiders off Port is good for north Lewis. A good day for the Ness birder!

Pale bellied Brents still at Barvas, Siadar and Ness machair

A duo of Slavonian Gebes at Steinecleit, Siadar was a surprise.

A (getting late) Yellow browed Warbler was trapped at Uigen y’day. The second for this site and now at least 7 this autumn up here. That’s a well above average showing of this eastern waif. How many more must sneak through undetected. Lots I bet.

Fieldfares have been coming through en masse and still lots of Redwings about. Most are the duskier Icelandic birds compared to the colder cleaner Scandinavian birds of a couple of weeks ago.

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