The west wind duth blow

After a calm weekend it’s been back to gales – Force 10 at that on Monday and not abating much on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Seabirds have been driven in – 2 Leach’s Monday and Tuesday off Brue with a handful of Sooties.

The weekend saw the first real passerines of the autumn. Lesser Whitethroat, a couple of chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were in Ness. Buff breasted Sandpiper and a sprinkling of Pecs (Tony might be on 20 now for the autumn!) were nice too – especially as one Buff breast has come to Brue. Get in! On the croft list as well now. Must get down to working out the village list – it’ll be rather impressive if I say so myself. A Curlew Sandpiper is at Loch Ordais.

Lots of late Arctic Terns from the Icelandic breeding population are being blow in. 185 off Brue on Tuesday alone which is a phenomenal count for this time of year.

A snow white herd of 17 Whoopers dropping into Loch Barvas suggests we are moving into a new phase of the autumn.

Late news: Mark Wetherill and Dave Pearce had a juvenile Black Tern at Coll on Wednesday afternoon.

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