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The 2 Velvet Scoters were still off Caolas, Vatersay this afternoon and a Lapland Bunting was on the edge of the township. On Barra the Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale along with 14 Whooper Swans. 3 Blackcaps were at Northbay and another was at Creachan. A Brambling was by the football pitch at Castlebay and the 2 Tree Sparrows were still in my garden.


OH Bird Recorder
A sunny, calm start to the day so headed off for a walk around at North Locheynort. It was fairly quiet bird-wise but Red-throated Diver was out on the sea loch, 4 herons were seen around the shoreline. A rather late Chiffchaff was heard calling and there was a small flock of around a dozen Siskins in the wood. 4 Little Grebes were seen on one of the small estuaries nearby.

Little Grebe