A fine day out

The morning dawned with the two day fog burning back and a warm southerly breeze. 75 Oystercatchers and 89 Black headed Gulls were at Barvas and were soon joined by a Wheatear and a 1w Glaucous Gull. Siadar was busy with gulls and 45 Redshanks fed on the pile of seaweed with 5 Pinkfeet in a croft.
Port of Ness produced a singing Chiffchaff at Burnside and it them became clear visible migration was happening. Myself and Tony enjoyed an array of hirundines – 6 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows and 5 House Martins – while Pinkfeet and Barnacles were on the move, as were a herd of six Whooper pushing north.
A further wander produced a dozen Twite and that ‘odd distant Greenfinch’ call soon proved to be a Lapland Bunting. Soon 15 more were found crawling around in a freshly turned croft including several spanking males.
A clifftop search produced four White billed Divers to the south of Skigersta with two Red throats and 6 Great northern. Back south 3 more Sand Martins at Siadar and 7 Swallows, with 4 also at Barvas suggested that the warmth had certainly done its work and sucked some Sahel migrants to the Britain’s north west outpost.
Add in both eagles through the day, Kestrel, a rotund female Peregrine and 6 Black tailed Godwits at Barvas on the way home it really was a red letter day. Even the butterflies were out in a balmy 18C in north Lewis.

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