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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : June 2007

 

 

 

 

This table is Hebrides Bird Sightings period June 2007
Sat 30th Jun, 2007 Puffins
Shiant Islands - Outer Hebrides

Thousands of puffins, but sadly a lot less than 3 years ago, and hardly any with beaks full of sand eels where previously there had been many. Vast amounts of razorbills and guillemots

Thanks to the Islands Book Trust for a great boat trip

Suzanne H
Sat 30th Jun, 2007 Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull
Ardivachar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

Ardivachar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

Glaucous gull is large, see a photograph of a glaucous gull with a herring gull for comparison

 
Sat 30th Jun, 2007 Storm Petrel Shiant Islands - Outer Hebrides

(Seen off-shore)

Smallest of the seabirds 12-26cm
Relatives of the petrels

Feed on planktonic crustaceans and small fish picked from the surface (whilst hovering)

Fluttering sometimes bat-like flight.

 
Fri 29th Jun, 2007 Storm Petrel Shiant Islands - Outer Hebrides

(Seen off-shore)

 
Fri 29th Jun, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardivachar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 29th Jun, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

Between 1958-2004 there were 118 UK records
Only gull to nest in trees!

BTO records

 
Fri 29th Jun, 2007 Ashy-headed Wagtail Torlum - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

(Liniclate)

Click here to see a photograph of an ashy-headed wagtail (external site)

 
 

Received this...

"My name is Bob Swann and I have recently been appointed as Scottish Organiser for the 2007-2011 Bird atlas project.

This project aims to map the distribution and relative abundance of all Britain and Ireland's birds during both the winter (November-February) and summer (April-July) seasons. This is going to a tough, but rewarding job, to ensure complete coverage of Scotland. We hope that all Scottish birders will help out. Recording is relatively straightforward with both paper and online recording forms. Full details can be found at www.birdatlas.net or by contacting the Scottish organiser at bob.swann@bto.org."

 
Wed 27th Jun, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

Between 1958-2004 there were 118 UK records
Only gull to nest in trees!

BTO records

 
Tues 26th Jun, 2007 Ashy-headed Wagtail Torlum - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

(Liniclate)

Click here to see a photograph of an ashy-headed wagtail (external site)

 
Tues 26th Jun, 2007 Bonaparte's Gull Howmore - South Uist, Outer Hebrides    

Sorry folks - serious hardware problems - so there were no updates for a few days.
All in order from here on!

It has mostly been news of Iceland & Glaucous Gulls in scattered places,
a Harlequin Duck off St Kilda (Snowy Owl still there), a Bonaparte's Gull off Ardivarchar Point, South Uist, and an American Herring Gull which turned up in Stinky Bay, Benbecula.

Generally a quieter time after the April - May flurry...

Fri 15th Jun, 2007 Grasshopper Warbler Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

AM ringing session in the castle Grounds

UK breeding population 12,300 pairs in 2000
The long-term UK trend is rapid decline: RED-LISTED
Read more about the records on the BTO web site

Grahame T
Sun 10th June, 2007 Bufflehead Arnol - Isle of Lewis - Western Isles

See Martin Scott's photograph of the Bufflehead

(Female 1st Winter)

Bufflehead is a rare visitor to the UK, with only ten UK records between 1958 and 2004.
The Western isles being the 2004 record.
BTO records

Martin S
Sat 9th June, 2007
Sat 9th June, 2007

South Uist Rubha Ardule (715298) Turtle Dove (disturbed as we walked to the end of the spit from the car parking area. It took off and flew north about 10.30 a.m.)

Searched Peninerine area for the rose-coloured starling yesterday but no sign.

Jeff B

Just visiting

Sat 9th June, 2007 Osprey Loch Eynort - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

127 pairs in UK (Summer)
4 UK nest records
Birds fly to West Africa - Up to 430km a day

BTO records

Fri 8th June, 2007 South Uist Gearraidh na monadh (737167) Glaucous Gull (1st w/2nd summer bird; very white, black eye, pale bill, dark end - looked enormous compared with nearby herring gull - sat on beach near small pool/inlet) Jeff B
Fri 8th June, 2007 Snowy Owl St Kilda The Kilda bird is a female  
Fri 8th June, 2007 Glaucous Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 8th June, 2007 Paddyfield Warbler Loch Stiaphat - Isle of Lewis - Western Isles    
Fri 8th June, 2007 Bufflehead Arnol - Isle of Lewis - Western Isles

female Bufflehead at Loch na Muilne, Arnol (but no phalaropes)

See Martin's photograph of the Bufflehead

Martin S
Thur 7th June 2007 Buzzard Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides On the Pentland road, what was unusual was that the pipit was in hot pursuit of the buzzard for some distance, cussing loudly at it for all the way - it was so very tiny by comparison...a brave little bird Suzanne H
Thur 7th June 2007 Great Skua
Pomarine Skua
Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Pom could have been an Arctic - too far off to see clearly.
Out on the Pentland Road near Marybank - often can see Skuas there at this time of the year
Suzanne H
Thur 7th June 2007 Glaucous Gull Butt of Lewis - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Bird still there (seen it 3 days now in a field on the left on the road going to the lighthouse from the hide) John C
Wed 6th June 2007

Treecreeper

Coal Tits (4)

Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides In the Onetel car park Kim P
Mon 4th June 2007 Glaucous Gull Butt of Lewis - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides   John C
Sun 3rd June 2007 Great Skua Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides "...a Great Skua sitting in the fields behind me at Marybank. Don't know who was more suprised him or me" see Debbie's photograph of a great skua Debbie B
Sun 3rd June 2007 Curlew Sandpiper Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides 3 birds John C
Sun 3rd June 2007 Little Stint Arnol - Isle of Lewis
- Outer Hebrides
In Loch Ordais area since Friday  
Sun 3rd June 2007 Glaucous Gull Arnol - Isle of Lewis
+Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides
   
Sun 3rd June 2007 Snowy Owl Genitote - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Near the picnic area reported there over the last 2-3 weeks, was reported there last year  
Fri 1 June 2007

Spotted Flycatcher 1
Swift 1
Swallow 3


House Martin

Village Bay - Hirta - St Kilda - Outer Hebrides  

Terry F

 

Sarah

Wed 30th May 2007 Dark-eyed Junco Hirta - St Kilda - Outer Hebrides



 
Wed 30th May 2007 Curlew Sandpiper Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 30th May 2007

Rose-coloured Starling

Stoneybridge - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

The rose-coloured Starling has been seen feeding recently on the high tide line in Penerine with other starlings, and in nearby gardens. It has been around for a few days now, most recently in the Stoneybridge area - Cnoca Breac

 
Wed 30th May 2007 Iceland Gull Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
         

 

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