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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : July 2007

 

 

 

 

This table is Hebrides Bird Sightings period July 2007

 

What was about at the end of July - beginning of August

The Bonaparte's Gull at Ardvule South Uist was around for most of July and early August. (Last reported Saturday 11th August).

A Slavonian Grebe has been visiting Coot loch on Benbecula Late July to Early August, (last sighting Sunday 12th August).

Lots of Pomarine and Arctic Skua , (plus a few long-tailed and great skua) sightings at sea-watching points during the second week of August .

A little Stint was at Ardivachar in South Uist on the 7th August.

Saturday the 4th August large numbers of Manx shearwater (400+) from Mangersta in Lewis.

Sooty shearwater (plus a few Baleric) and storm petrels sightings throughout July and early August

Long-tailed duck at loch Brannahuie, Stornoway in early August

A few whimbrel and green sandpiper about...

26th July, 2007 Snowy Owl Uig - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides
Snowy Owl was at Uig Sands yday I am told
Martin S
Sat 20th July, 2007 Glaucous Gull South Bay - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

This is an immature bird

Sat 20th July, 2007 Pectoral Sandpiper Balgarva - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Fri 19th July, 2007 Iceland Gull Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (am)
Fri 19th July, 2007 Storm Petrel

Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

Offshore
Fri 19th July, 2007 Whimbrel Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Fri 19th July, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Wed 18th July, 2007 Sooty Shearwater Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides  
Wed 18th July, 2007 American Golden Plover Monach Isles - Outer Hebrides  
Tues 17th July, 2007 Iceland Gull Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides  
Mon 16th July, 2007 Spotted Crake Loch Stiapabhat - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

A spotted crake has been heard singing in this area since the start of July
It has occasionally be heard from the bird hide singing in the evening

  • Visit this page to hear what the song is like
 
Mon 16th July, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Ardule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Sat 14th July, 2007 Water rail Aiginish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Hi!
Thought you might be interested in this sighting of a Water Rail and chick on the little loch in Aignish.

Heard it yesterday and got some photos today. Not great photos but enlarged show both adult and chick.

Water rail

Peter C
Sat 14th July, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Sat 14th July, 2007 American Golden Plover Monach Isles - Outer Hebrides  
Sat 14th July, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Fri 13th July, 2007 Pomarine Skua Shiant Islands
+ Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides
 
Fri 13th July, 2007 Storm Petrel

Shiant Islands
+ Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

 
Fri 13th July, 2007 Iceland Gull Europie - Ness
+ Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 11th July, 2007 Rose-coloured Starling Nr Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tue 10th July, 2007 Storm Petrel

Labost - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

Over 40 birds
Tue 10th July, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Sun 9th July, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

Sat 7th July, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 7th July, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardivachar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Fri 6th July, 2007 Whimbrel Ardvule - South Uist
- Outer Hebrides
 
Fri 6th July, 2007 Storm Petrel

Ardvule - South Uist
+ Offshore Rodel (5) - Isle of Harris - Outer Hebrides

 
Fri 6th July, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardivachar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    

RSPB are offering evening watches of golden eagles and chick at a nest site. The chick is out of the nest, and will fledge soon, but be around for a while. These evening watches offer a great chance for viewing eagles...

North Uist A865 (Top left of the Island)
Small quarry opposite Griminis pier road

Thursday 12th, 19th July 7pm - 9pm
Telephone Jamie 01876 560 287

Thur 5th July, 2007 Quail Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides

Heard by the visitor centre at the RSPB reserve

 
Wed 4th July, 2007 Rose-coloured Starling Nr Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    

Received this...

"You might be interested to know that there is to be a DVD showing at Balallan Hall at 8pm on Friday 6th June.

There are two films. One from Derrybrien in Ireland about a peat slide that dramatically shows what happened there and is composed from original television news footage at the time. The other is from a project that the RSPB have been involved with and shows the experience of birds (particularly White tailed eagles) and people in relation to turbines in western Norway."

Martin Scott. RSPB Conservation Officer (Western Isles)
Tue 3rd July, 2007 Spotted Crake Loch Stiapabhat - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

 

 
Tue 3rd July, 2007 Iceland Gull Ardivachar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides  
Tue 3rd July, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ruhba Thornais - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tue 3rd July, 2007 Storm Petrel Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

19 Seen off-shore

 
Mon 2nd July 2007 Little Egret? Tarbert - Isle of Harris - Outer Hebrides

Hi,
I have just returned home to Arivruaich having sighted what I think is a little egret?
It was roosting on an island in Loch Strandavat alongside the south shore adjacent to the Tarbet road
I have checked the guides I have and have taken my wife out to confirm my sighting.
I saw it flying and thought immediately that it was not a gull but had a classic egret flight ( as seen in Australia Africa India etc)
Closer observation showed a smaller than normal size white bird with yellow/grey legs and a long extended neck when fishing with a white plume on the
head.
The colour was basically white with brownish on the back.
Am I correct in my observation?

Webmaster: There were a few little egrets about in the Western Isles May / mid-June last year.

Comments anyone?

"the description sounds like it could be a squacco heron. Little egrets have dark legs with yellow feet."

"I have not seen it since that evening and feel that it was only roosting overnight on the loch... I am sure that it was a egret not a squacco heron."

Hi,
Well it looks like this bird has now been positively been identified-- as announced in the Gazette and on here as a cattle egret-- what I initially thought, as I have seen many of them in east and west Africa India and Australia !!

(see 13th August 2007)


Chris B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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