Monthly Archives: March 2011

Eider hybridises with Fairy cake

Stinky Bay on Benbecula is always worth a look if you can cope with the stench. Oodles of rotting seaweed create a strong smell, especially in summer, but also attract a host of birds feeding along the shoreline. Eiders are … Continue reading

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Uist visit

Couple of days on Uist – first Primroses out on the machair and the Corn Buntings (aka Lard Bunts) are singing away.

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Whoopers on the move

Over 100 on lochs in Harris over the last couple of days as the northward push carries on, but is stalled by mist and drizzle.

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Skylarks are back

A work trip to the mainland produced 5 Waxwings in Contin, 1w Glaucous gull in Ullapool and any number of Red Kites en route to Inverness. Back home the weekend was mixed. An adult Glaucous on Loch Stiapavat in the … Continue reading

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Marsh Hawk surfaces again

After a bit of an absence (when it has been seriously looked for) the female Northern Harrier put in another apperance in the Barvas dunes today, and Iain MacLeod got some more instructive photos. It still looks like its fallen … Continue reading

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The final blow to the solar plexus

Its not often I get that pit in the stomach feeling any more. The urge to twitch was there and had to be satisfied, even though it wasn’t a tick. Actually I have seen three before, but Gyr still has … Continue reading

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Oink, Oink

A recent ringed Oystercatcher seen on Loch Barvas, amid a spring influx of these pied prodders, made me look back at some records. Oystercatchers clear out in winter but return in spring to noisily mate on the machairs and loch … Continue reading

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