Local Rarity 7th April 2019

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Hawkeye

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Feb 7, 2017
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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 7th April 2019. Updated throughout the day

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A 2 hour seawatch this morning
Eider 5N, Gannet 6S 1N, Shag 6N, Bar-tailed Godwit 3N, Meadow Pipit 6N (they had arrived off the sea from the West).

Also present in the area: Greylag Goose 4, Shoveler 3, Wigeon 27, Teal 10, Tufted Duck 13, Long-tailed Duck 23, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Great Northern Diver 5, Shag 3, Cormorant 18, Raven 1, Wheatear 1, Twite 2

Nearby on Bornish Machair there were 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Pintail present.

Butt of Lewis, Ness, Isle of Lewis
A pair of Wheatears were present this morning.
 

Chris Johnson

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On the range this morning were 770 golden plovers in 3 groups. At firing rang 2 by the flooded area were 35 black-tailed godwits in good plumage.

At Balgarva were 82 shelducks; quite a surprice as I usually see this type of gathering in February and March. Also 50 ringed plovers and 200 turnstones.

North Bay had c100 bar-tailed godwits, 350 sanderlings, 62 ringed plovers, 67 turnstones. Good numbers of oystercatchers at all sites.

This evening: 19.00hrs, 800 barnacle geese passed the headland low over the water, seeming to head inland. Four skeins, but only minutes between them.

EDIT: MIS-TYPTED MY RANGE GODWITS, THEY WERE BLACK-TAILS
 
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BrianR

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Some observations on a visit to Langass and Langass Woods this morning: both Hen Harrier and Sparrowhawk were seen 'sky-dancing', a Peregrine came over, a pair of Stonechats were near the Standing Stones and when we returned to the car parked near the gorse bushes a ♂ Brambling came and perched on the nearby electricity line.

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A Slavonian Grebe in summer plumage was near Rubha nan Ron, North Uist (Carinish shore) in the early evening and a Wheatear was nearby. One or two grebes are often present here at this time of year.

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A few observations from my first posting on this group. A pair of greenshank displaying on the east side of the main road near Gerinish this morning.

4 black tailed godwit at Loch Toronais, and 3 pintail there as well. A single barnacle goose at L. Boronais.

200+ golden plover near Loch Hallan. 8 whooper swans also present.

Single sand martin Nth along beach at Tobha Mor, and 17 long tailed ducks offshore, with groups of mergansers and eider. 4 GN Diver there also.

Quite a few goldfinches in severahl places on the machair, and a pair of greenfinch at Kilpheder. 2 Wheatear , and more golden plover, circa 100 but fairly flighty.



Best wishes,

Stuart Housden
 
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Hawkeye

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From Andrew:-

Drake *ring-necked duck* on Coot Loch still with 22 gadwall there.

Drake pintail and 10 shoveler on Loch Fada
 

BrianR

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Peter Murray photographed a male Hawfinch in his Paiblesgarry garden, North Uist this morning. Possibly the same bird that was reported at nearby Balemore a couple of days ago.

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