‘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 30 Eider off Reef today were noteworthy but ‘hooky beaked’ birds dominated.

The days haul from a trip west was three White-tails, eight Golden Eagles, a Peregrine and Mr Snowy Owl – this time in Uig at Mangersta. I also reminded myself how hard it is to digiscope flying raptors.

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One Response to ‘Hooky beaked’ birds dominate

  1. Nigel Voaden says:

    Hi Martin (I assume it is your post),

    I will be visiting Lewis 4th-7th April for the first time (to see friends) however I intend to get out and about birding. Hopefully there will be some W-b Divers coming through. I was wondering if you have any tips on good spots for W-t and Golden Eagles and also good places to check for the Snowy. Anything/anywhere else that should be looked for in mid-April. Any help much appeciated.

    Cheers, Nigel

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