Local Rarity 11th January 2018

Discussion in '2018 Bird Sightings' started by BrianR, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. BrianR

    BrianR Senior Member

    Feb 7, 2017
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    After a hard frost most of the lochs on North Uist were largely iced over with a number of ducks, including three Pintail, temporarily displaced from Loch nam Feithean and in the bay at Hougharry. Off nearby Aird an Runair were four Red-throated Divers, a Razorbill and a Puffin (the last quite unusual in winter here). At least 35 Purple Sandpipers were along the shore.
    At Loch Sandary the male Green-winged Teal was seen again - standing on the ice with other waterfowl.
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  2. Bruce

    Bruce Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2017
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    The 2 long-tailed tits reappeared at Northbay today. Despite almost daily searches of the area, this is the first time we've seen them in about a month. A chiffchaff was in the bushes by the football pitch at Castlebay. The brent goose flock at Traigh Mhor has now shrunk to 3 birds.

    Potentially of interest, an immature peregrine hunting at Brevig this morning showed a strikingly pale head. A similar bird or perhaps the same individual spent several days in this area during October and was generally considered to be a Tundra type bird by those who saw it. Unfortunately todays encounter was too brief to get any record shots.
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  3. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Eyes and Ears Everywhere

    Feb 7, 2017
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    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
    An 2nd winter Iceland Gull was present this afternoon (off Cross Street). In that area and at Steinish there were a total of 380 Wigeon.

    Borve, Berneray
    The *Crane* and circa 400 Snow Buntings seen on the machair there today and 27 Common Scoters were seen off the west shore.

    Loch an Duin, North Uist
    The drake *American Wigeon* was again seen on the loch today

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