Monthly Archives: February 2011

No beached birds

Guess thats a good thing. Our surveys produced low lights of random toothbrushs, dead sheep and not much else round the coasts. Birdwise the weekend saw 19 Greenland Whitefronts at Barvas with the Northern Harrier making another reapprearnce on Sunday … Continue reading

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‘Hooky beaked’ birds dominate

The first Lesser Black backed Gull of the year (trying hard to be a Yellow legged Gull) was at Loch Barvas midweek. Today a first winter Iceland Gull was in west Loch Roag. Otherwise winter reigns. 14 Slavonian Grebes and … Continue reading

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mid Feb round up

The Snowy Owl was seen at the weekend at Uig, so it sounds like it has headed back to its usual haunts. A moulting drake Scaup is on Loch Brannahuie while a female hybrid Scaup x Tufted duck is at … Continue reading

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Marsh Hawk returns – briefly

The morning cycle and birding scored this morning. First a male Hen harrier was watched hunting over the south end of Loch Barvas and after a couple of minutes a ‘ringtail’ got up to join it. It didn’t take long … Continue reading

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“Kiss me Hardy!”

Did Nelson really say that? Does this have anything to do with Horatio anyway? Who cares – there is a namesake gull that is more interesting to me – Nelson’s Gull. Can’t find it in your Field Guide? Well chances … Continue reading

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A Uist visit

Work drew me south for much of the week. Didn’t get much birding in, but a Dark bellied Brent at Loch Sandray on North Uist was good to see. Light-bellied Brents are our norm and I don’t recall seeing a … Continue reading

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NEW – 2007 Outer Hebrides Bird Report is just published

Cost is £10 or £11 if posted. Available from Brian Rabbitts, 6 Carinish, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5HL. Enquiries to rabbitts@hebrides.net The Mourning Dove on the cover is one on 28 colour pictures in this 208 page report. Full … Continue reading

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