Local Rarity 23rd April 2019

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017


Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
I heard my first Corncrakes and Grasshopper Warblers (3) of the year on Barra today. There was also an increase in Willow Warblers, Lesser Redpolls, White Wagtails and Chiffchaffs around the island. Just when I thought the Great Tit had departed, it popped up again. At 8 am it was at Northbay House, moving to Garrygall by 11.30, then by this evening it was visiting feeders at Nask.

I had a look for migrants around Vatersay township this afternoon. Several Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and a House Martin were present (none of there species breed in the area). Just after 1.30 all the Lapwings and Oystercatchers flushed and the gulls started alarm-calling. I looked around expecting to see a raptor, but instead picked out a Crane circling high overhead before cruising off to the south-west, in the direction of Mingulay.


Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
Peter Murray also recorded a Corncrake today - photo in his garden at Paiblesgarry, North Uist.

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The most unusual sighting on a walk on the Hebridean Way between the Lochportain road and Loch an Sticir today was a Slavonian Grebe on an inland loch (Loch an Armuinn).
Likes: YvonneB