Harris kite tops the bill

On Saturday George Macleod found a Red Kite at Rodel, south Harris. The record, the first for Harris (I think) ties in nicely with Argyll reports from Coll (2) and Argyll (2). Presumably mainland birds have been forced to wander due to extensive snow cover. Perhaps further reports can be expected – leading to colonisation?

An ad Glaucous Gull at Loch Barvas over the weekend was no real surprise but Great Black backed gulls have moved in en-masse with 400 G B B Gulls down the westide of Lewis alone.

As the land defrosted a Jack Snipe at RSPB Loch na Muilne, Arnol and another in Ness midweek were noteworthy, while a single male Snow Bunting foraged among the stones on Brue machair. 14 Goldeneye returned to thawing lochs from Shawbost to Siadar.

In early Dec a Storm Petrel was picked up on the MV Lewis on the Ullapool run after hitting rigging. The corpse was collected by RSPB staff and it has been sent off for genetic and stomach content analysis as it is such a late and unusual record.

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