Monthly Archives: November 2011

Banquet of death

The Lewis peatlands are vast, and I will admit to being bleak on a cold November morning. However a ‘murder’ of Ravens drew attention to one area recently which turned out to be a dump of animal offal. Nearly 300 Ravens, … Continue reading

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A Thayer’s ‘type’ Gull in Argyll? – an update one week on

There has been much chat and debate – some in public some not. Here is the latest from Jim Dickson, who has probably spent longest with the bird in the field. Hi All, Just a bit of feedback on the … Continue reading

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A Thayer’s ‘type’ Gull in Argyll?

I have been in contact with Bill Allan and Jim Dickson, two of the few Argyll birders, in recent days and have been following discussions on the ‘Argyll Thayer’s’ that has recently been present at Dunstaffanage Bay near Oban. In … Continue reading

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Double Ring

Two Ring billed Gulls seem to have taken up residence on the islands. More typical of a North American marina they seem to be settling into the Scottish diet of deep fried nosh and bread quite well. One has been … Continue reading

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Two ‘white bums’

On the way back north from Uist I met up with Bob Wemyss at Scarista in south Harris. Quickly we scoped a White rumped Sandpiper in the fading afternoon light and then began the search for the day before ‘Semi … Continue reading

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The early ferry catches the birds

Red-eye ferry to Uist today, and I left even earlier to try and get a spot of birding in through south Harris. Reward was high with Semi palmated Sandpiper and White rumped Sandpiper still at Scarista. They haven’t been seen … Continue reading

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Marr-vellous

I have been away most of the week, but that hasn’t stopped Tony Marr raking in some nice birds in Ness. All shots in the gallery with this post are his. Today he found a Swift flying around the offshore … Continue reading

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