Monthly Archives: November 2010

Fumbled?

I may well have fumbled. There I was stalking some Greenland Whitefronts with Greylags around Bragar/Shawbost/Labost among the squally snow showers and a big falcon came in over the coast and flew on towards Arnol. All the geese went up … Continue reading

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more local bird information back on line

http://www.thewesternisles.co.uk/birdsightings.htm Good to see Western Isles Bird sightings back with us after a bit of an absense. Suzanne’s site has a few strands to it in addition to the birds, and is well worth a browse.

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Snowy bits and pieces

Snow lying means sledging, but it can often produce interesting birding. Despite nearly getting the car stuck at an icy Cross Street the best we could muster was a frozen out Greenshank. A chiffchaff in bushes by Engebrets was a … Continue reading

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Cold memories

It brought back memories. Cold memories. A couple of years ago I found a Grey Phalarope in October at Barvas beach. From previous close Grey Phal encounters, notably at Bragar, and one many moons ago in west Cumbria, I knew … Continue reading

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Fire! Fire!

What do you think about on dark winter nights. A nice warming fire? He’ll here it is in avian form – a Firecrest! Seen and photographed at the weekend in a Tolsta Chaolais garden, there was no sign of it … Continue reading

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‘By-the-wind-sailors’ drop in on the coast

You never know what you might find on a beach, especially an Atlantic west side beach. Over the years pretty much every type of flotsam and jetsam has come ashore and lots more beside. This time hundreds of ‘fingerprints’ have … Continue reading

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November 20th – Goosander goodie

The blizzard of 32 Snow Buntings still graced Barvas machair today while 10 Goldeneye on Loch Earsay and half a dozen Long tailed Ducks offshore were more sure winter signals. I headed to Ness and the winter sun was low … Continue reading

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