On Barra the Great Tit that's been touring the south of the island for the past 11 days reappeared at Creachan this morning. This bird has been singing loudly every time I've encountered it and has become increasingly mobile during its stay. It must realise by now that it's the only one of its kind out here! At Northbay this afternoon there was a Treecreeper singing in the plantation. Although we get the occasional bird in autumn, this is my first in spring. There was clearly a small influx of Redpolls today; the only one I saw well was at Northbay and turned out to be a Common.
The parvipes Canada Goose was still on Borve Point along with c85 Barnacles. 5 Whooper Swans were on Loch Tangasdale and 3 were still at Eoligarry. 74 Great Northern Divers were off Eoligarry this evening, mostly distant and to the north.
Geese at Loch Grogary, North Uist this morning there were well over 1,000 Barnacles, two pale-bellied Brents and 17 Pink-feet.
Most of the Pink-feet.
A conservative estimate of over 4,000 Barnacles were on the Reserve with much coming and going. The most unusual sighting of the day was that of a Jackdaw on ploughed land near Aird an Runair. Flew off before I could get photo. Away from Stornoway Jackdaws are quite unusual visitors nowadays.