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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : March 2007

 

 

 

 

This table is Hebrides Bird Sightings period March 2007
Sat 31 March, 2007 Shelduck
Teal
Callanish - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides   Suzanne H
Sat 31 March, 2007 Shoveler Garynahine - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides Late afternoon - a pair Suzanne H
Sat 31 March, 2007 Shoveler Point - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides 1 Shoveler on Braigh Pond. Mid morning John H
Sat 31 March, 2007 Lesser Black-backed Gulls Upper Aird Loch - Point 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Upper Aird Loch, Point yesterday (31
March) in the afternoon.
Grahame and Jackie
Fri 30th March, 2007 Ring-billed Gull Loch Barvas -Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 30th March, 2007 Kumlien's Gull Loch Stiaphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides To the right-hand area of the Loch (from the hide)  
Fri 30th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Barvas -Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 30th March, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway + Barvas Loch + Skigersta Bay - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 30th March, 2007 White-billed Diver Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thu 29th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Barvas -Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thu 29th March, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Scaup

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Thu 29th March, 2007 West Loch Bee - Scaup 19 (7 male)

East Loch Bee - Whooper Swan 4

Stinky Bay - Glaucous Gull 2

G/N/Diver 1


  Terry F
Thu 29th March, 2007 Ring-billed Gull Loch Barvas -Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thu 29th March, 2007 Whooper Swans Point -Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 26 Whooper on Aird Pond
John H
Thu 29th March, 2007

Iceland Gull

Barnacle Geese

Pintail Ducks

Loch Stiaphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Hugh said he saw 6 Icelands about Ness - we saw no sign of the Kumlien's Gull or Snowy owls but 4 birders at one point wating for the Snowys.... saw 3 big scopes about Ness in the space of an hour!

Hugh

Suzanne H

Dawn S

Wed 28th March, 2007 Whooper Swans Point -Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 20 on Upper Aird Loch, Point this evening, arrived around lunchtime.
Only 2 look like juveniles.
Grahame and Jackie
Wed 28th March, 2007 Great Northern Diver Berneray - Outer Hebrides

Near the causeway

At first reckoned as a White-billed Diver AKA "parsnip bill" - yellowish bill pointing upward...

 
Wed 28th March, 2007

Lesser Scaup

 

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

2 lesser scaup drakes

I asked John Dempsey about distinguishing between the two:

"Lesser Scaup are tricky - and some folk down here think I have got it wrong on my two pix (and they may well be right!), but basically they are smaller than Common Scaup, a lot less broad in the beam, with a smaller black nail on the bill. They ride higher in the water than most diving ducks as they're so small, and the head should show an angled rear crown, with a little peak. The bill should be concave and not as big as on a Scaup, and the white flanks shouldn't be the glaring white of a Common Scaup. The wing pattern is different too - but you have to get a good view to see that. The bird I watched was about the same size, or smaller than nearby Tufted Ducks, but the weather was pretty lousy... "
See those photographs at John's blog and a lot more chat about the differences between the two...

" Lessers have a very small amount of black at the tip, and a more concave shape bill, most so at the base.... the highest point of head is at the rear, and much more sloped at the front.....males flank feathers have fine grey vermiculations giving a clouded greyish appearance. (rear flank striping usually courser and visable.).... upper parts darker than greater scaup and more coarsely vermiculated...they sit higher in the water.." (based on Neill Hunt's notes)

"2 males on Coot Loch and 2 Lesser Scaup, amongst about 300 birds on a very small out of the way Loch, needle in a hay stack!"         (Thanks Debbie and Brian)

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

Tues 27th March, 2007 Whooper Swans Somewhere out in the Atlantic near the Monach Isles.... Swans ...perhaps the same birds that Tim observed today? just past the Monachs from the Kilda Helicopter I was on (140Knts-500ft). I did see lots of Puffins, Gannets, Fulmars and Kittiwakes from the helicopter on the way over. Village Bay had a few thousand Fulmar... Terry F
Tues 27th March, 2007 Wheatear Grimsay - South Uist - Outer Hebrides My first Wheatear of the year - a male near Kallin Harbour, Grimsay. Tim
Tues 27th March, 2007

Little Gull

Whooper Swans

Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides Also, an adult Little Gull flying south at Stinky Bay, Benbecula and 22 Whooper Swans flying north and out to see, the latter bang on time! (I always see my first passage Whoopers on March 27th!!!
Tim
Tues 27th Mar, 2007 White-billed Diver Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 27th Mar, 2007 Surf Scoter Taransay Sound - Isle of Harris - Outer Hebrides Male bird  
Tues 27th Mar, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

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

 
Tues 27th Mar, 2007 Iceland Gull Loch Stiaphat - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 27th Mar, 2007 Kumlien's Gull Loch Stiaphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 26th March, 2007 Slavonian Grebe Broad Bay - Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Large group  
Mon 26th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull Benbecula - Outer Hebrides Stinky bay + Loch mor  
 

Lesser Scaup

 

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

 

Mon 26th March, 2007 White-billed Diver Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 26th March, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market!  
Mon 26th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - Two birds
 
Mon 26th March, 2007 Barnacle Geese Achmore - Isle of Lewis - OuterHebrides Two heading toward leurbost Suzanne H
Sun 25th March. 2007

Lesser Scaup

Scaup (Greater)

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

2

Sun 25th March. 2007

Bar-tailed Godwit

Purple Sandpipers

Balivanivch - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

See Debbie's photograph of the Bar-tailed Godwit

"Flocks of both....also there were some lovely black headed gulls"

Debbie B
Sun 25th March. 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway + Loch Stiaphat - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 25th March. 2007 Glaucous Gull Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 25th March. 2007 Kumlien's Gull Loch Stiaphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 25th March. 2007 White-billed Diver Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 25th March. 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - two birds
 
Sat 24th March, 2007 Merlin North Bay   Terry F
Sat 24th March, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market!  
Sat 24th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - two birds
 
Sat 24th March, 2007 White-billed Diver Tiumpanhead
+
Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides
   
Sat 24th March, 2007 Merlin Croir - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides   Sunny
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardivarchar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Wheatears North Uist - Balranald - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Merlin Breascleit - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides   Suzanne H
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Lapland Bunting Loch Bee - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Goldeneye Loch Druidibeag - South Uist - Outer Hebrides
Pair Terry F
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Kumlien's Gull Loch Stiaphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - two birds
 
Fri 23rd March, 2007 Iceland Gulls Stornoway + Loch Stiaphat - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 22nd Mar, 2007

 

Bar-Tailed Godwit 200+

Whooper Swan 12


South Uist - Outer Hebrides Also saw a Tortoiseshell Butterfly in my garden enjoying the sunshine no doubt. Terry F
Thur 22nd Mar, 2007 1Great Northern Diver Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Thur 22nd Mar, 2007 Slavonian Grebe 1


West Loch Bee - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

(northern bay where sea enters) Terry F
Thur 22nd Mar, 2007 Red-throated Diver Stornoway - Harbour -
Isle of Lewis
+ Peter's Port -Benbecula - Outer Hebrides
  Grahame T
Terry F
Thurs 22nd March, 2007 White-billed Diver Tiumpanhead - Point - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thurs 22nd March, 2007 Kumlien's Gull Loch Stiaphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thurs 22nd March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - two birds
 
Thurs 22nd March, 2007 Iceland Gulls Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Thurs 22nd March, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market!  
Wed 21st March, 2007 Bar Tailed Godwit 70+
Ringed Plover 30+
Pied Wagtail
North Bay - South Uist - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Wed21st March, 2007 1Great Northern Diver Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Wed 21st March,2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - single
 
Wed 21st March,2007 Iceland Gulls Loch Barvas + Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 21st March,2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Barvas + Shader - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 21st March,2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market!  
Tue 20th March, 2007

Lesser Scaup

Scaup (Greater)

Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides

 

10.03.07-17.03.07
Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Scaup
Great Northern Diver
Red -throated diver
Hen Harrier
Kestrel
Short-eared Owl
Barnacle Geese
Purple sandpiper
Snipe
Twites

Ferry back from Lochmaddy to Skye on March 17th:

Gannet 5; Fulmar 100+; Puffin 1 winter plumage bird; Razorbill 7; Guillemot 2; Black Guillemot 3; Great Northern Diver 1; Bonxie 1 superb flyby close to the ship; Shag; GBB; Herring Gull; Kittiwake ....plus two Bottle Nosed Dolphins.

John Dempsey visited the Uists again John's blog

Amongst others, John got a super photo of a glaucous gull with a herring gull - useful for comparison of these two to see just how big the glaucous gull really is.

John D

 

 

 

 

Mon 19th March, 2007

Mystery Bird!

Ring Ouzel ? Not!

I have copied the photograph into my photographic programme and enlarged as much as possible and we think it is a "Blackbird". The reason for this is the 1) posture. -- 2) the length of tail. ---- 3) the with of tail (at end) and 4) The shape and colour of the bill. BUT hang on a bit - because if you have a clearer pic we may change our mind.
Do you have a higher resolution pic of the bird in question please.

John H

i have attached an image of the bird i spotted last year in the castle grounds. The bird reported recently is probably the same one, or possibly one of it's offspring but if i was a betting man, i would put my money on the former.

I have attached another couple of images for use on your site. I have picked one showing the right profile of the bird and you can see from the two photographs that it has two equally spaced white patches on either side of its head, which matches the bird found recently.
Incidently, i photographed this bird in April 2005 in the castle grounds, close to the old rugby pitch.

Frank sent in two excellent photographs:
aberrant backbird and aberrant blackbird

Frank S

For what it's worth i would say the strange bird in the castle grounds is a Blackbird with pied markings and not a ring ouzel.

Frank S

I think the "Ring Ouzel" is an aberrant Blackbird. RO would show very
neat white fringing to all the black wing feathers, which from this
angle would be very obvious

Martin S

I think it is a blackbird

Ela S

I think the Ring Ouzel Photo is actually of a Blackbird which has some albinism. Ring Ouzels don’t have the yellow eye ring which clearly shows in one of the photos and the secondary and primary feathers should show much lighter edging. The white on an ouzel should be on the top of the chest and not on the sides of the head and neck as this shows. I’m sure this is an adult Male Blackbird with patches of white about it. I’m down in Devon but there are Ring Ouzel nearby on Dartmoor where I have studied them.

J.F.Jones

Mon 19th March, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market!  
Mon 19th March, 2007 Little Auk Butt of Lewis + Mangersta - Isle of Lewis
+ Daliburgh - South Uist
+ North Uist - Hougarry - Outer Hebrides
   
Mond 19th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - two birds
 
Mon 19th March, 2007 Iceland Gulls Stornoway Harbour + Butt of Lewis    
Mon 19th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Ford - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 18th March, 2007 Golden Plover 50+
Knot 1
Merlin 1
Curlew 30+

Torlum Machair - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Sun 18th March, 2007 Bar Tailed Godwit 1 Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Sun 18th March, 2007 Iceland Gulls Ardvule + Ardivachar Point + Penerine Point - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 18th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardivachar Point + Penerine Point - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 18th March, 2007

Mystery bird

Ring Ouzel ?

Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Anyone know what it is? Black with patch of white either side of throat. Catherine K
Sunday 18th March, 2007 American Wigeon Loch Bee - Couth Uist - Outer Hebrides Male bird  
Sun 18th March, 2007 Iceland Gull Ardvule + Ardivachar Point + Penerine Point - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 18th March, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market!  
Sun 18th March, 2007 Lesser Scaup Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
2 Male birds  
Sun 18th March, 2007 Little Auk Butt of Lewis + Mangersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 18th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - two birds
 
Mon 17th March, 2007 Shoveler 8
Twite 20+
Coot Loch - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Mon17th March, 2007

Red Throated diver 1
Purple Sandpiper 9
Kittiwake 2
Gannet 8
L/T/Duck 20+
Eider 50+

Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Sat 17th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - one bird
The immature male?
 
Sat 17th March, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides In the harbour  
Sat 17th March, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Immature American Herring Gull in Stornoway Harbour near the fish market! Martin S
Fri 16th March, 2007 Treecreeper Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Near the Woodlands Centre in the Lews Castle grounds John H
Thur 15th March, 2007 Lesser Scaup Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
Male bird  
Thur 15th March, 2007 Merlin Croir - Bernera - Outer Hebrides Adult female or juvenile - swooped down after i had filled the bird feeders almost as if it had been waiting for the sparrows to congregate in the open. They dived for cover in the evergreen bushes and evaded it this time..... Sunny
Wed 14th March, 2007 Peregine Falcon Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides No location posted due to eggers... John H
Wed 14th March, 2007 Iceland Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides In the harbour  
Tues 13th March, 2007 Willow warbler Croir - Bernera - Outer Hebrides Heard a willow warbler in the garden early this morning Suzanne H
Mon 12th March,2007 Black Guillemot Croir - Bernera - Outer Hebrides Raft of six black guillemot in breeding plumage just offshore Sunny
Sun 11th March, 2007

Sparrowhawk

Red-breasted Merganser (Pair)

Loch Carnan - South Uist - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Sun 11th March, 2007

Black-throated Diver (1)

Long-tailed Duck (9)

Gannet (3)

Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

  Terry F
Sat 10th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Barvas - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 10th March, 2007 Iceland Gull Loch Barvas - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 9th March, 2007 Scaup Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
Greater Scaup - male bird  
Fri 9th March, 2007 Lesser Scaup Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
Male bird  
Fri 9th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - Galson area - two birds  
Fri 9th March, 2007

Glaucous Gull

Fieldfare (50+)

Redwing (50+)

Wren (3)

Fulmar

Gannet (9)

Saint Kilda - Outer Hebrides

Gull feeding on a dead whale

 

One redwing with ring on right leg

 

Terry F
Thur 8th March, 2007

Merlin (1)

Sparrowhawk (1)

Loch Carnan - South Uist - Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Thur 8th March, 2007

Gyr Falcon

Glaucous Gull (1)

Saint Kilda - Outer Hebrides Gyr Falcon seen eating a snipe 10ft away!! Dave C
Thur 8th March, 2007 Sea Eagle .... Lewis - Outer Hebrides

Just a quick note on the early appearance of a lone Sea Eagle... over the last 7 days, corvids are collecting nesting materials in the area also (seems a little early yet to me)

No location posted due to eggers..

Arthur S
Wed 7th March, 2007 Greenshank Seilabost - Isle of Harris - Outer Hebrides   Suzanne H
Wed 7th March, 2007 Glaucous Gull North Ford - Benbecula
+ Port Scolpaig - North Uist - Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 7th March, 2007 Iceland Gull North Ford - Benbecula
+ Stornoway Harbour + loch Barvas - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 7th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - Galson area - one bird - immature male  
Wed 7th March, 2007 Lesser Scaup Coot Loch - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Mon 5th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - Galson area - one bird  
Sun, 4th March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides South of Borve - Galson area - one bird Andy L
Sat 3rd March, 2007 Iceland Gull Butt of Lewis + Stornoway Harbour + Loch Barvas + Shader - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 3rd March, 2007 White-billed Diver Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Sat 3rd March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides South of Borve - one bird - immature male  
Fri 2nd March, 2007 Short-eared Owl (1) Griminish - Benbecula -Outer Hebrides   Terry F
Fri 2nd March, 2007 Whooper Swans Breasclete - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 4 birds on the loch just before coming into Breasclete on the back road Ela S
Fri 2nd March, 2007 Black-throated Diver Achmore - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hbrides There has been one on the big loch most days for the last week Jenny
Fri 2nd March, 2007 Snow Buntings Upper Aird - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 9 birds hanging around Upper Aird yesterday afternoon
Grahame and Jackie
Fri 2nd March, 2007 Skylark Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides First I have heard singing this year Suzanne H
Fri 2nd March, 2007 Snowy Owl Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides North of Borve - one bird - immature male  
         

 

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