Rather quiet on the patch this morning with fewer birds on the fields at Askernish apart from Snipe which remain in large numbers. A Wheatear and 5 Swallows on the beach and 15 Redwing were in the township as well as a noticable increase in Blackbirds
On a recent trip to Barra, this magnificent White-tailed Eagle flew very slowly overhead. When looking at the photographs later, I could see that it was colour ringed. Having made a few enquiries, I have just heard that it was ringed as a chick on Mull in June 2012.
It was also fairly quite in the Balranald area, North Uist this morning. A family of six Whooper Swans were on the loch near Kilmuir church and later six adults circled over Aird an Runair before sitting on the sea in the F5-6 S wind. Otherwise a couple of Great Northern Divers flew SW and a flock of at least 50 Linnets were on the stubble.
On Vatersay this morning a Green Sandpiper was at Traigh Bhialais. On Barra the Isabelline Shrike was apparently still present as was the Barred Warbler at Brevig. What was presumably a new Barred Warbler was at Creachan this evening along with a Swallow. 18 Whooper Swans were at Tangasdale.