29th December 2018

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BrianR

Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
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It was fairly quiet during a late morning visit to Aird an Runair, North Uist today. A ringtail Hen Harrier came over the headland and watched until lost to sight well out over the sea heading towards the Monach Islands. One wonders what would trigger such a movement. A Peregrine was also present.

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At nearby Loch nam Feithean there was a high count of 25 Shoveler. Ten years or so ago Shoveler in winter were to be found only on South Uist/Benbecula lochs with records on North Uist being very unusual. Another change in the last ten years or so have been the number of Little Grebes remaining on the lochs in winter.
 
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MisterT

Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
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The Rook was again at Kilpheder along with c120 Purple Sandpiper c150 Lapwing on the beach at high tide. At Askernish, Goldfinch and Greenfinch numbers have been steadily increasing these past few weeks with a mixed flock of c30 Goldfinch and c40 Greenfinch visiting the feeders. Some of the birds we are retrapping are 3 and 4 years old, returning almost annually

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