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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : April 2007

 

 

 

 

This table is Hebrides Bird Sightings period April 2007

Sun 30th April, 2007

 

Great Northern Diver

 

Balinvanich - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

 

Saw the temp. resident Great Northern Diver in Balivanich bay...

see Debbies super photo of the Great Northern Diver

Debbie B
Sat 29th April, 2007 Dotterel Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Steve D
Sat 29th April, 2007 Eider Balinvanich - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

The biggest theme around Benbecula is the return of the Eiders, they normally breed in the bays and stinky bay by mid June are full of babies....its nicknamed the nursery that time of the year.

see Debbies photo of the Eider

Debbie B
Mon 30th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Liniclate - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 30th April, 2007 Lesser Scaup 1 Loch Sandary - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 30th April, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Sat 28th April, 2007 Willow warbler Croir - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides

Saw one and heard the other...

(Daily from here on)

Sunny
Fri 27th April, 2007 Great Norther DiverPhotographed a Diver today which I've been watching distantly and briefly all week from Luskentyre beach. The bill looked all white in bright sunshine and appeared 'good' for White billed Diver - but something just wasn't quite right. I eventually got good views today further around the headland which clearly shows dark on the Culmen (the upper edge of the top mandible) and the cutting edges - so it's a Great Northern - maybe next time!

Saw two Cuckoos. One at Bearragan and the other further north. Breeding Robin and Song Thrush at Loch Cliostair - surprising that high up.
Up to 6 Golden Eagles mostly distant and several Willow Warblers heard today at various spots.

(Click image for Carl's photograph)

Carl C
Fri 27th April, 2007 Goldfinches Croir - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides It is a rare treat to have them visit the village Suzanne H
Fri 27th April, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Fri 27th April, 2007

White-billed Diver

Tiumpanhead - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 27th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Shader + Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 27th April, 2007 Pale -bellied Brent Geese Penerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 27th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Borve - Isle of Lewis - + Penerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 26th April, 2007

White-tailed EagleHere are a few pics of a pair of white-tailed eagles i snapped thursday on lewis there doesn't appear to be any wing tags on either of the birds one of the birds has a scruffy tail the other is in top condition.I have noted wheatears today in europie , large golden plover flocks at ness and great skua at tumpian head

Andy L
Thur 26th April, 2007

Thought I'd go raptor hunting today given the sunshine and oh boy did I see some crackers.

White-tailed EagleOn the road to .... at 10am a pair of White-tailed Eagles, both were sub adult one a little older than the other was sporting two red wing tags. Both flew off North. Both birds came off the low hillside here so were amazingly low when first seen. (

 

At 2pm a little further north ...a full adult White-tailed Eagle flew off South-West after circling above the road junction.

Golden EagleLater in the day at ... a Golden Eagle Adult.

 

Numbers of Common Sandpiper have increased through the week. Expected to see Hen Harriers but no look so far - but I'm not complaining.

....driving down the road to Luskentyre this evening circa 10pm caught a bat in the headlights. I'm no expert but I would suggest given it's size it was a Pipistrelle?

Isle of Harris

Carl C
Thur 26th April, 2007 Pomarine Skua Aird an Runair - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 26th April, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Thur 26th April, 2007

White-billed Diver

Red-throated Diver

Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 26th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer hebrides    
Thur 26th April, 2007 Arctic Skua Aird an Runair - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 26th April, 2007 Great Skua Aird an Runair - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 26th April, 2007 Corncrake Aiginish - Isle of Lewis - Outer hebrides

Calling briefley this am at Aiginish, Point.

First report this year

Grahame and Jackie
Wed 25th Aprl, 2007 Highlights include

N of the Callanish Stones - A Raven chasing a Red Grouse for some distance. Common Sandpiper.

Pair of Merlin.

At Arnol - Drake Teal

Butt of Lewis - 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1500+ Golden Plover, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Little Grebe, Several Dunlin and 4 Snipe displaying from the hide.

Skigersta - No sign of the White-billed Diver but a Great Northern Diver in full breeding plumage.

Stornaway Harbour - American Herring Gull but no Iceland Gulls.

Carl C
Tue 24th April 2007

Golden Eagles

 

 

Surf Scoter

Manx Shearwater

 

 

 

Isle of Lewis

 

 

Taransay Sound - Outer Hebrides

 

 

Did see 3 Golden Eagles today (Yes I know you must be sick of receiving reports ... but to me they are incredible) including a pair displaying - never seen this before. I was close enough to the male to hear him call as he stooped and climbed - fascinating. ....

Looked for the Surf Scoter today in Taransey Sound and although there were 70+ Scoter most were very distant and indistinguishable. The Sound did have 20+ Great Northern Divers in it and 4 Manx Shearwaters were milling around.

 

(For those folk who wonder if they have seen a buzzard or an eagle, here is a photograph of a golden eagle with hooded crows which shows the size difference)

Carl C
Tue 24th April 2007 Greenshank Bernera Brige to Kirkibost - Outer Hebrides   Suzanne H
Tue 24th April 2007

White-billed Diver

Red-throated Diver

Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides White billed diver and a pair of Red throated divers at Skigersta, in the bay.
Julie S
Mon 23rd April, 2007 Sparrowhawk South Harris - Outer Hebrides

...mid morning: SPARROWHAWK (Female)

keeping the location vague - danger of eggers...

Carl C
Mon 23rd April, 2007 Hobby Point - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

HOBBY perched on a telegraph pole at the roadside.

keeping the location vague - danger of eggers...

Carl C
Mon 23rd April, 2007 Snow Goose North Ford - South Uist - Outer Hebrides 0ne West - past the house at low level this evening

(Nothing to get too excited about - could be an escape)
Tim
Mon 23rd April, 2007 White-billed Diver Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides To the left from the harbour slipway Carl C
Mon 23rd April, 2007 American Herring Gull (the bird) Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides

Docks - near the fish market

Photograph of the American Herring Gull

Carl C
Sun 22nd April, 2007 White-billed Diver Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 22nd April, 2007 Great Northern Diver Leverburgh + Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

 

Great northern diver - summer adult...Spectacular!

 

John F

Sun 22nd April, 2007 Great Skua Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 21st April, 2007 Willow Warbler Aiginish - Point - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides At least 2 Aiginish this am
Grahame and Jackie
Sat 21st April, 2007

White-billed Diver

Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 21st April, 2007 Iceland Gull Butt of Lewis + Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
 

 

Mairi M

Sat 21st April, 2007 Snowy Owl Sollas - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 21st April, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
Near the fish market  
fri 20th April, 2007

Arctic Tern 2

Black Tailed Godwit 9

Lesser Scaup 1

Pink-Footed Goose 80+ (all heading north)

Coot Loch - Benbecula Photograph of the black-tailed godwit group Terry F

Purple Sandpiper 37

Great Northern Diver 3

Stinky Bay - Benbecula  

Wheatear 4 (all males)

Great Skua 10+

St.Kilda

Photograph of the great skua
fri 20th April, 2007 Snowy Owl St.Kilda    
fri 20th April, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
fri 20th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Garry + Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
fri 20th April, 2007 Cuckoo Loch Bee  - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
thur 19th April, 2007 Ring-billed Gull (the bird) Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides You might be interested in these two photos of an adult Ring-billed Gull... The second one gives a good comparison with Common Gull. Taken at Balranald Nature Reserve. Brian R
thur 19th April, 2007

Whooper Swan 2

Lesser Scaup 2 (possibly 3, one appeared to be displaying and chasing a female tufted)

Scaup 1

Black Tailed Godwit 21 (all summer plumage)

Pink-Footed Goose 1

White-Fronted Goose 1

Coot Loch - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
thur 19th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Ardvule - South Uist
- Outer Hebrides
   
thur 19th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Bay - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 18th April, 2007 Twite (photo of the bird) Lochcarnan - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

A Twite that appeared outside my kitchen window before work this morning……………always a pain shooting through double-glazed windows!


Terry F
Wed 18th April, 2007 Cuckoo Loch Bee (causeway) - South Uist - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Wed 18th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Tues 17th April, 2007 Sparrowhawk Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Son Myles and friends whilst out playing saw a sparrowhawk take down a dove ...suspect it came from the castle grounds
Approx 7.30pm
Kris W
Tues 17th April, 2007 Canada Geese
North Ford - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

Two Canada Geese west over the North Ford at about 14.30 this afternoon.

Large ones I am afraid!

Please excuse my ignorance, but why are they scary? (webmaster)

Because if they were small ones - they might have been vagrants. Instead, large birds are most likely to be birds from the feral flocks down south!
Tim
Tues 17th April, 2007

Great Northern Diver

White-billed Diver

Swift

Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 17th April, 2007 Lapland Bunting Balranald - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 17th April, 2007 Surf Scoter Taransay Sound - Outer Hebrides    
Tue 17th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Northton - Isle of Harris - Outer hebrides    
Mon 16th April, 2007 Brent Geese Ardvule Point - South Uist - Outer hebrides (Pale-bellied)  
Mon 16th April, 2007 Pomarine Skua Aird an Runair - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 16th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Bay - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 16th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Ardvule + Eochar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 15th April, 2007 Black-tailed Godwit Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 15th April, 2007 Lapland Bunting Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 15th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Barvas + the Butt- Isle of Lewis
+ Penerine - South Uist- + Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides
   
Sun 15th April, 2007

Willow Warbler 1

Goldcrest 2

Great Northern Diver 1

South Uist - Outer Hebrides

  Terry F

Black Tailed Godwit 3

Bayhead - North Uist - Outer Hebrides

flying north
Fri - Sun 15th April, 2007 Red-throated Diver (6)
Great Northern Diver (3)
South Harris - Outer Hebrides Heard both types calling Suzanne H
Sat 14th April, 2007 Black Tailed Godwit Benebcula - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 14th April, 2007 Lapland Bunting Nunton - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 14th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Near the Braighe - Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 14th April, 2007

Red-throated Diver

Teal

Bayhead

Loch Airigh na Lic - near Stornoway - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides

a red throated diver in winter colours diving (or rather skimming) for its breakfast

 

Debbie B
Sat 14th April, 2007 Long-tailed Duck Near the Braighe - Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 14th April, 2007

White-billed Diver

Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 14th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
2 drakes  
Sat 14th April, 2007 Snowy Owl  

North of Melbost Borve, look for the electricity sub-station on the left, go past the conifers and then look for the fertilizer sacks - room to park and wait with a good view...

Immature male

Please give it lots of space !

 
Fri 13th April, 2007 Willow Warbler Gisla - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides Heard the willow warbler here at Gisla on Friday 13th - 6 days earlier than last year. Carol M
Fri 13th April, 2007 Reed Bunting Flesherin, Upper
Aird, Point

After returning from the ringing session yesterday morning, I saw that wheatear in the sheep fank and the top of the road. So I walked back to photograph it, and found this odd looking bunting.
(Lapland Bunting? )

I did hear it call, and it reminded me of a reed bunt, its been a while ... missed the rump

I sent photographs off to get the id confirmed:

Not certain its lap bunt, but features visible look more like it than reed, ie Bill colour, wing bars, the black on head, although does not appear to be full summer plumage male. Did it have any chestnut on back of nap?

Mark W

It looks like my lapland bunting is just a reed bunt...

Grahame and Jackie
Fri 13th April, 2007

Aiginish -Isle of Lewis

Ringing session this am
nothing migratory caught. Nearly had a female Sparrowhawk though.

Did see and hear, however, Short-eared Owl.

Male Wheatear also, Upper Aird this morning.

Grahame and Jackie
Fri 13th April, 2007 Gadwall (2)
Photo of the birds
Creagorry - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Great Northern Diver Balinvanich + loch Eynort - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Wheatear (2) Lochcarnon - South Uist  
Fri 13th April, 2007 Snowy Owl  

 

 
Fri 13th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Fri 13th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
2 drakes  
Thur 12th April, 2007 Red-throated Diver South Ford- Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Thur 12th April , 2007 Pink-footed Geese Steinish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 500+ in three skeins heading North, seen from Stenish, this morning
Grahame & Jackie
Wed 11th April, 2007 Goldfinches Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 2 goldfinches in our garden on Anderson Road in Stornoway G W
Wed 11th April, 2007 Swallows Garynahine - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Garynahine Plantation area - Pair Suzanne H
Wed 11th April, 2007 Great Skua North Bay - South Uist- Outer Hebrides

8500 pairs in UK (a third of the world total) 300 of these on Foula

Main diet was sand-eels pirated from other birds until the sand-eel supply crashed in 1980s and scavenging (Likely to see them at Stornoway tip soon)

Now main diet includes kittiwakes - taking 200,000 year in UK

 
Wed 11th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup
Scaup (Greater)

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 11th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 11th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Bay - South Uist
+ Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 11th April, 2007 Surf Scoter Isle of Vatersay - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 10th April, 2007

Goldcrest 4

Whooper Swan 2

Loch Aineort

Loch an Eilean a Ghille ruaidh - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

  Terry F
Tues 10th April, 2007 Pomarine Skua
Aird an Runair - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Rhino nose...(latin translation) From pom (lid) + rhinos (nose) Skuas have thin plates overlaying the bill  
Tues 10th April, 2007 Pomarine Skua
Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 10th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Tues 10th April, 2007 Redwings Croir - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides Seems like all of a sudden every other bird in the village is a redwing... SK
Mon 9th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 9th April, 2007 Ring-necked Duck Loch an Eilean - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 9th April, 2007 Surf Scoter Isle of Vatersay - Outer Hebrides    
Hi - we're staying at Direcleit on Harris and have been enjoying lots of birdwatching over the last week! Lots of shags and cormorants, oystercatchers, gulls, flocks of starlings on telephone wires etc. And also 4th April Redwing - among rocks at Huisnis Razorbills - 3 or 4 bobbing in the bay Black-Throated Diver - we think, in winter plumage, at Huisnis Stonechat - at Huisnis on the hillside by the road back to Tarbert Wheatear (male) - by roadside between Huisnis and Amhuinnsuidhe also a pair of Buzzards circling above Meavaig 5th April Greylag Geese - lots of them at Rodel Tufted Ducks - several pairs near Leverburgh Shelducks - two pairs on the loch at Northton Redshanks - at least two (prob more) also on the loch at Northton Red-Breasted Mergansers - a pair in the sea at Finsbay, male in breeding plumage 6th April Black Guillemot - one in Loch Kendibig south of Direcleit Whooper Swans - 5 on Loch Direcleit (reported to Martin of RSPB) 7th April Fulmars at the Butt of Lewis - lots of them! hope this is of interest/useful. cheers Tim & Jane
Sun 8th April, 2007 Ring-necked Duck Loch an Eilean - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 8th April, 2007 Brent geese Loch an Eilean - North Uist - Outer Hebrides (Pale-bellied)  
Sun 8th April, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Coll Beach - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Mobile C Shaw
Sun 8th April, 2007 Whimbrel Loch an Eilean - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 8th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Sat 7th April, 2007

Wheatear 3

 

Pink Footed Geese 6

 

Peregrine Falcon

 

Lochcarnan

 

Torlum Machair

 

Somewhere in South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

 

 

 

 

Peregrine1pr passing food….good to watch

Terry F
Sat 7th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Scaup (Greater)

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

both drakes

 
Sat 7th April, 2007 Black-tailed Godwit Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Sat 7th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Barvas - Isle of Lewis
+ Coot Loch Benbecula - Outer Hebrides
   
Fri 6th April, 2007 Ring-necked Duck Loch an Eilean - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 6th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Penerin + Paiblesgarry - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 6th April, 2007 Manx Shearwater Aird an Runair - North Uist - Outer Hebrides

250,000 to 300,000 pairs mostly nest in 3 sites in the UK (sprinkling elsewhere) Island of Rhum is one of those 3 main sites

Puffin or puffling used to mean fatling - any pot-bellied seabird - Manxies included

A Manxie holds the record for travel - one ringed bird travelled 5 Million miles -That is the same as 10X to the moon and back

 
Fri 6th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

2 lesser scaup drakes

 
Fri 6th April, 2007 Pomarine Skua
Aird an Runair - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 6th April, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway Harbour - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
   
Fri 6th April, 2007 Redwings Croir - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides Loads of them babbling in the Lena's trees, could hear them at the other end of the village Sunny
Thur 5th April, 2007 Snowy Owl St Kilda - Outer Hebrides Female  
Thur 5th April, 2007 Redwings Breaclete - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides Small flock of them in the trees in the late afternoon Sunny
Thur 5th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Bay - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 5th April, 2007 Snowy Owl Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 4th April, 2007 Snowy Owl Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 4th April, 2007 Redwings Flesherin - Point - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Flock of 50+, Flesherin, Point first thing this morning Grahame & Jackie
Wed 4th April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Scaup (Drake)

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

2 lesser scaup drakes

Terry Fountain sent us in several photographs taken of ducks on Coot Loch on the 18th March including lesser scaup and scaup
Take a look if you would like the challenge of telling one from the other
(Warning: you will be seeing scaup when you go to sleep tonight...)

Wed 4th April, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Bay - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tue 3rd April, 2007 Redwings Garrabost - Point - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides small flock of 7 in trees, Garrabost, Point this afternoon
Grahame & Jackie
Tue 3rd April, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Tue 3rd April, 2007 Glaucous Gull Benbecula - Stinky Bay - Outer Hebrides    
Mon April 2nd, 2007 Wheatears Loch Carnan - South Uist - Outer Hebrides Wheatear 2 (males sat on same creel) Terry F
Sun April 1st, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

2 lesser scaup drakes

Sun April 1st, 2007

G/N/Diver 2

Grey Plover 12

Luib Bhan - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

  Terry F
Sun April 1st, 2007

Jack Snipe

Red Grouse

Red-throated Diver

 

Pentland Road - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides

 

Sadly roadkill , a surprisingly bird small close-up, fair bit smaller than a starling

Two red grouse, quite dark birds, near peat cuttings

Diver on a loch along the pentland road

Suzanne H

 

 

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