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long-tailed skua

  1. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 4th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Lochmaddy, North Uist An adult Long-tailed skua was seen for the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this evening Carinish, North Uist A House Martin was seen in the township today Rubha Ardvule, South Uist 2...
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Callanish, Isle of Lewis A Lapland Bunting was seen there this morning Balranald, North Uist The Dotterel was still between the visitors centre and Aird an Runair this morning Loch Paible...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist 2 Pomarine and 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew north early morning Stinky Bay, Benbecula The drake Surf Scoter was seen offshore this morning and again in the afternoon. A 2CY...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen in the harbour area this afternoon Aird an Runair, North Uist 7 Long-tailed Skua flew north early morning. A further 6 Long-tailed...
  5. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 25th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull were in the harbour area this afternoon Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 2 female Long-tailed Ducks were seen on the loch this morning...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hitra, St Kilda A male Snow Bunting, Chiffchaff, 60 Great Skuas, 30 Wheatears, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Swallows and a Blackbird were a few of the birds seen there today as part of Global Big Day Tiumpan...
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2022. Updated throughout the day New Tolsta, Isle of Lewis A drake Surf Scoter was reported as being offshore Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Stornoway landfill site Aird an Runair, North Uist 16...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was in the harbour area this morning Scoloaig, North Uist The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig this morning Aird...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 6th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist A *White-billed Diver* was seen off Aird an Runair this morning. 5 Pomarine and 4 Long-tailed Skuas 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and 32 Whimbrel passed north between 07:00 -...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 1st May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st May 2022. Updated throughout the day Valasay, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* is atill on a small lochan towards Tacleit Tiumpan head, Isle of Lewis 4 Great Skuas were surface feeding with a large gathering...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 22nd September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd September 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** was seen there this morning. The Pectoral Sandpiper and Snow Bunting were also still present Butt of Lewis A single Snow Bunting flew from the...
  12. B

    15th August 2021

    A 3 hour seawatch off Aird a Chaolais, Vatersay this afternoon produced an adult Long-tailed Skua, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, c500 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Terns, 5 Great Skuas and a couple of small flocks of Dunlin flying south. 4 Teal on the end of the headland looked rather out of place. A Tree...
  13. Hawkeye

    2nd August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd August 2021. Updated throughout the day Lochmaddy, North Uist An adult Long-tailed Skua was seen flying south-west at 12:15 just off Lochmaddy, viewed from the Uig Ferry
  14. Hawkeye

    18th May 2021

    Western Isles bird sightings for today, 18th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Balranald, South Uist An adult male Dotterel was near the campsite early morning, to the east Aird an Runair. A group of eight Long-tailed Skuas passed Aird an Runair at distance at 06:46. Another 11 Long-tailed...
  15. Hawkeye

    17th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st may 2021. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist An early morning (05:15 - 10:15) seawatch produced 1 Long-tailed Skua (N at 0744hrs), 4 Arctic Skuas (N), 6 Bonxies (N), 96 Puffins (N), 7 Great Northern Divers (3S...
  16. Hawkeye

    21st November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st November 2020. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist A Snow Bunting, juvenile and a second winter Glaucous Gull were on the island today Balivanich, Benbecula A Grey Phalarope was off shore there early afternoon North...
  17. Long-tailed Skua

    Long-tailed Skua

    Juvenile Long-tailed Skua © Ian Andrews
  18. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 5th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th September 2020. Updated throughout the day The Butt of Lewis 4 **Great Shearwaters** [2 together and 2 singles], 2 Leach's Petrels, 471 Sooty Shearwaters 51 Manx Shearwaters and a Great Northern Diver flew west past the Butt this...
  19. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 4th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis The Ruff was still at there today Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A Lapland Bunting was seen there today. The juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was also still present Griminish Point...
  20. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 14th July 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th July 2020. Updated throughout the day Cross, Isle of Lewis The Rose-coloured Starling was again there today Swordale, Isle of Lewis A Long-tailed Skua was seen over Swordale Moor this morning Stinky Bay, Benbecula A Glaucous Gull...
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