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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : May 2007

 

 

 

 

This table is Hebrides Bird Sightings period May 2007
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    
Wed 30th May 2007 Garganey Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 30th May 2007 Pectoral Sandpiper Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 30th May 2007 Snowy Owl Sollas - Grenitote - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Picnic area vicinity  
Wed 30th May 2007 Siskin Leurbost - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

The Siskin was still around this morning so i just had to photograph it, even though it was pouring with rain

Frank's siskin photograph

Frank S
Wed 30th May 2007 Yellow Wagtail Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 30th May 2007 Snowy Owl Sollas - Grenitote - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Picnic area vicinity  
Tue 29th May, 2007 Siskin Leurbost - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides A female Siskin on my peanut holder tonight when came in from work. Pretty common on the mainland but this is only the second one I have seen here in 10 years.
Frank S
Tue 29th May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tue 29th May, 2007 Iceland Gull Balranald - North Uist
+ Butt of Lewis - Outer Hebrides
 

 

David B

Tue 29th May, 2007

Rose-coloured Starling

Peninerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

 

 
Mon 28th May, 2007 Snowy Owl Balranald - North Uist -
Outer Hebrides
   
Mon 28th May, 2007 Little Stint Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 28th May, 2007 Curlew Sandpiper Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Several birds  
Mon 28th May, 2007 Grasshopper Warbler Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 27th May, 2007

Corncrake

 

 

 

 

 

Curlew Sandpiper

 

 

 

Curlew Chick

 

Dunlin

 

Arctic Terns

Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides

at the Bird Reserve.... out of the car, still with my camera around my neck. And then in the small field next door I heard a creaking and then a head popped up. It came ever nearer and then dashed across the road into the next field. It took nearly 60 pictures to get about 8. The sun was very bright and some were distorted and I think the majority I was sooooo excited the camera shook too much.

Debbie's corncrake photographs

... was right over the other side of the bay...saw a huge flock of Dunlins and took random pictures of the closest. It was only when I got home that I realised it was the Curlew Sandpiper.

pictures of the closest. It was only when I got home that I realised it was the Curlew Sandpiper.
Debbie's curlew sandpiper photograph

Also saw a baby Curlew, didn't realise was baby until got screeched at by huge Curlew, was no where near, I was in the road and the baby was behind the barbed fence a distance away. Wasn't till I cropped small image I realised what it was.

Saw lots and lots of Summer Coated Dunlins, really stunning... sleeping on the rocks in the full sun on the Balivanich Headland.

Also saw about 6 to 8 Arctic Terns.... tried to photo in flight but to quick for me.

Debbie B
Sun 27th May, 2007 Yellow-legged Gull Loch Branahuie - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides some say subspecies of the Herring Gull, while others split Yellow-legged Gull from Herring Gull...
 
Sun 27th May, 2007 Snowy Owl Balranald - North Uist -
Outer Hebrides
   
Sun 27th May, 2007

Rose-coloured Starling

Peninerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

The rose-coloured Starling has been seen feeding recently on the high tide line with other starlings. It has been around for a few days now.

 
Sat 26th May, 2007 Goldfinches Lemreway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Pair of goldfinches spotted in our front 'garden' in Lemreway on Saturday 26 May at about 10.00am. Helen B
Fri 25th May, 2007 Redpoll Druim nan Curracag - Callanish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

Just the male bird this time

Ela S
Fri 25th May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Paiblesgarry - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 25th May, 2007 Snowy Owl St Kilda    
Fri 25th May, 2007 Pomarine Skua Balranald - North Uist -
+ Mangersta - Isle of Lewis

 

 

 

Coming in at approximate proportion of 3:1 pomarine skua to long-tailed skua (17 poms)

 

 

 

Peter M

Fri 25th May, 2007 Curlew Sandpiper Paiblesgarry - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 25th May, 2007 Little Stint Paiblesgarry - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Fri 25th May, 2007 Long-tailed Skua Balranald - North Uist -
+ Mangersta - Isle of Lewis
 

 

Peter M

Thur 24th May, 2007 Pomarine Skua (40+) Balranald - North Uist -
+ Mangersta - Isle of Lewis
   
Thur 24th May, 2007 Long-tailed Skua Balranald - North Uist -
+ Mangersta - Isle of Lewis
   
Thur 24th May, 2007

Rose-coloured Starling

Peninerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

 

 
Wed 23rd May, 2007 Pomarine Skua Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 23rd May, 2007 Long-tailed Skua Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 23rd May, 2007

Rose-coloured Starling

Peninerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

 

 
Wed 23rd May, 2007 Redpoll Druim nan Curracag - Callanish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides

Just the male bird this time - eating dandelion seeds

(That's twites, redpoll and goldfinches all reported eating dandelion seeds already this year ....one of the first wildflowers seeding)

Ela S

 

Wed 23rd May, 2007 Grey Phalarope Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 23rd May, 2007
I read with interest Terry Fountains report of a dead Gyr Falcon hybrid on St Kilda.
I wrote an article about a Gyr/Saker hybrid that was found in Leurbost on Nov 2004.
It could n't be the same bird could it? I emailed a photograph to a falconry centre on Skye and it was someone there who told me it was a Gyr/Saker cross...a falconers bird
See Frank's photograph of the Gyr Falcon
Frank


(Terry writing of Frank's gyr)
My initial reaction is, a captive saker ( bells and jesses). This bird also has the typical yellow legs and feet, unlike the Kilda falcon. ...The Kilda bird is less uniform in the wing area than this one. Brian Rabbitts has requested the corpse be sent to him for more checks.

Tue 22nd May, 2007

It is looking like the Gyr corpse is probably a Hybrid, I saw it today and it was obviously a large bird when alive. On another note, I left my camera at home today and thought this would fool the Owl into showing up - not a hope as I found out, although I did see 2 dark morph Arctic Skuas as we landed. ...

St Kilda

Terry F
Tue 22nd May, 2007 Pomarine Skua Ardvule - South Uist
+Mangersta - Lewis
+Balranald - North Uist
Flocks of 25 - 100  
Tue 22nd May, 2007 Long-tailed Skua Benbecula - Stinky Bay
+Balranald - North Uist -Outer Hebrides
Flocks 3 - 30  
Tue 22nd May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Loch Grogarry - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tue 22nd May, 2007 Snowy Owl Sollas - Grenitote - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Picnic area  
Mon 21st May, 2007 Snowy Owl appears to have gone from Kilda but they have found the corpse of a Gyr Falcon in the last few days (shame) Terry F
Mon 21st May, 2007

Corncrake

????

Garrabost - Point - Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides

we have been hearing a Corncrake in our village in Point for the last week. I thought it a bit early but it is croaking away to beat the band.

There is another bird that you may be able to shed light on as well. I have only heard it at night and it sounds like a pigeon on steroids, not a cooing but a grrrrup sort of noise? Any idea from that amazing description as to what it is? It has been calling for over a month and getting replies.

any suggestions....

Snipe?

"The snipe climbs high in sky then dives down at a slant with its tail feathers spread. The air rushing through causes the outermost tail feathers to vibrate and makes a drumming sound..."
There is a recording on this page

"I think it is the snipe"

 

 

Judy

 

 

 

 

Suzanne

 

Sunny

Mon 21st May, 2007 Rose-coloured Starling Lochmaddy - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 21st May, 2007 Curlew Sandpiper Balgarva - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 21st May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Mon 21st May, 2007 Snowy Owl Sollas - Grenitote - North Uist - Outer Hebrides Picnic area  
Mon 21st May, 2007 American Herring Gull Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides The American Herring Gull is stiil in Stornoway near the fish market  
         
Sun 20th May, 2007 Pomarine Skua 1

Bar Tailed Godwit 64

Knot 6

North Bay - South Uist
See Terry's photographs of the bar-tailed godwit and the knot Terry F
Sun 20th May, 2007 Arctic Skua 3

 

Black Tern 1

Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

 

(Black Tern seen originally by John K) another appeared later, could be a second bird.

Sat 19 May, 2007

 

Red Necked Phalarope 2

 

Arctic Skua 2

Pomarine Skua 15

Uist

 

Stinky Bay - Benbecula

 

 

(19:15-20:15)

Terry F
Thur 17 May, 2007

Rose-coloured Starling 1

Pomarine Skua 17

Arctic Skua 6

Swallow 5

Great Northern Diver 1

Iceland Gull 1 imm

Peninerine - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

 

 

Rose Coloured Starling was feeding on the high tide line with other starlings. It has been around for a few days now.

Terry's photograph of the rose-coloured starling

Terry F
Thur 17 May, 2007 Rock Doves Bernera - Outer Hebrides

Did you know that rock doves kiss?

The other thing about rock doves is that they have no sense when it comes to rain...all the other birds find a bush or some other shelter...not rock doves they just stand there looking miserable

Sunny
Thur 17 May, 2007 Cuckoo Tolsta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Chased by other birds

Sally M

(aged 8)

Thur 17 May, 2007 Corncrake Brue - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides "...we distinctly heard the call of a corncrake not far away in the reeds... After a few minutes it called again, and again after another 10 minutes or so. VERY loud and quite unmistakeable.

I tried walking slowly and carefully to where the sound appeared to come from, but no sign of it (surprise, surprise!)

Time; between 10 and 11 this morning, I haven't heard it since then"

Ian C
Sula Sgeir and St Kilda last week The trip to Sula was fantastic and the weather was good. I was on the trip where the bird flew for us! .... The rest of the trip involved going to Leverburgh for a trip to St Kilda on the Friday. This was also fantastic and I got good images of St Kilda Wren and the local Rock Pipit (which I beleive is the Shetland-type subspecies and not the Hebridean variety). Anyway it has a big white eyestripe especially above and behind the eye and pinkish legs (but it is not meadow). Also Iceland Gull on St Kilda. Bill D
Wed 17 May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Bragar - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Click the link to see a photograph of a glaucous gull with a herring gull, which shows just how big the glaucous is  
An experienced and reliable local skipper contacted Martin. His name is Angus Smith and he runs a charter boat service from Lewis. Details on:

http://www.58degreesnorth.co.uk/latest/58-degrees-north-sails-in-stornoway.html

He can be contacted on 0781 0466384 or via the contact details on the website.

At the end of next week he is sailing to North Rona and Sula Sgeir and has 5 spaces. Cost is likely to be around £200 per head. It is a two day trip with an overnight on the boat anchored off the islands (weather permitting)

A chance to try for the Black browed Albatross that is out there this summer and see two of Britain's most remote nature reserves.
Tues 15th May, 2007 Curlew Sandpiper Loch Staiphat - Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 15th May, 2007 Spotted Crake Balgarva - South Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Tues 15th May, 2007 Corncrakes Outer Hebrides 3 Corncrakes calling  (location withheld) John H
Tues 15th May, 2007 Snowy Owl Sollas - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sula Sgeir last week... The journey to Sula Sgier last Tuesday/Wednesday was an eventful one. The rolling and pitching of the ship had my head swimming long after being back on land. 8 hours there through a night of little sleep as the ship rode wave after wave.
Can you imagine enduring all that to get to the rock and realise in the growing light that the bird wasn't sat on it's ledge? the disappointment on board the ship was tangible - you could feel it. Faces were longer than horses.
Then ... hats off to Martin Scott who caught sight of the Albatross on the sea some distance away - what a change in atmosphere. Full steam ahead to the bird - wonderful views both in flight and sat on the sea - more than we ever expected. Back to Ullapool via North Rona with plenty of smiles.

Some good birds backing up the star cast LT Skuas, Bonxies and Arctics with supporting cast of White-beaked Dolphins

Managed to visit Handa Island for the Bonxies wonderful - even saw one of the two Red Grouse on the island!
Looked for the Bee-Eater further North without success and returned to the West and onto Skye. Looked and listened for Corncrake all over the Waternish peninsula without success only to hear one calling outside the hotel where I was staying when I got back!

At Glenbrital saw 3 separate Golden Eagles and one White tailed plus a small flock of Twite.

Carl C
Fri 11th May, 2007 Arctic Skuas Loch Carnan - North Uist - Outer Hebrides I saw 2 Arctic Skua near my house at Lochcarnan this afternoon, both dark morph Terry F
Thur 10th May, 2007 White-tailed Eagle Isle of Lewis A very close sighting of a white tail eagle....It flew up in front of our car with numerous gulls and crows. Apparently it had been trying to muscle in on a lamb carcass. What a sight!
Helen B
Thur 10th May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Ardivachar Point - South Uist - Outer Hebrides RSPB web site describes Glaucous Gulls as winter visitors...mostly between November and March with over 200 birds wintering in the UK annually  
Thur 10th May, 2007
Long- Tailed Skua (3)

Pomarine Skua (6)
Mangersta - Isle of Lewis- Outer Hebrides   Peter M
Thur 10th May, 2007 Black-browed Albatross Sula Sgeir - Outer Hebrides    
Thur 10th May, 2007 Garganey Glendale - South Uist - Outer Hebrides Dabbling duck
Only 50 - 150 pairs breeding in the whole of the UK
Some visit on spring - summer migration
 
Thur 10th May, 2007 Tree Sparrow Glendale - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

110,000 territories in the UK
20 - 30 here?


RED Status

 
Thur 10th May, 2007 Swallows Stornoway - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides 4 this afternoon over fields at Sandwick, Stornoway Grahame & Jackie
Thur 10th May, 2007 Arctic Skuas Loch Carnan - North Uist - Outer Hebrides 7 Arctic Skuas circling above my house. Terry F
Thur 10th May, 2007 Redpoll Callanish - Druim nan Curracag - Outer Hebrides 3 birds: two male and one female back again... Ela S
Tue 8th May, 2007 St Kilda

Snowy Owl

 

Bonxie Lots and NO LONGER friendly

Common Scoter 1 male

Redshank 1

Iceland Gull 1

Gadwall 1 male

Sarah

 

 

Terry F

Mon 7th May, 2007 St Kilda The Leachs Petrel are thought to be back as a pellet was found by Sarah M

Iceland Gull 1

Gadwall 1 male

Teal 1 female

Whimbrel 9

Hooded Crow 3

Chiffchaff 1

Dunlin 1

Redshank 1

Turnstone 1

Common Scoter 1 male

G/N/Diver 2

Brent Goose 1

Sarah M

Terry F

Mon 7th May, 2007 Redpoll Callanish - Druim nan Curracag - Outer Hebrides 3 birds: two male and one female Ela S
Tue 8th May, 2007 Black-browed Albatross Sula Sgeir The people who were with the Rare Bird Alert trip saw Albert this morning! There are still places left on one of the trips...
www.rarebirdalert.co.uk
 
Sun 6th May, 2007 Pintail Loch Lathamul - Isle of Harris - Outer Hebrides Good view of male pintail on Friday afternoon. It was on a loch near
the main Tarbert-Stornoway road, I think Loch Lathamul, NB392308, but
we were rushing to a wedding, so didn't stop longer than required to
make definite identification.
Andew J
Sun 6th May, 2007 Arctic Terns Aird an Runair - North Uist Flocks of several hundred  
Sun 6th May, 2007 Pomarine Skua Brue + Mangersta - Isle of Lewis + Ardvule Point - South Uist + Aird an Runair - North Uist  

 

 

Sun 6th May, 2007 Great Skua Mangersta - Isle of Lewis + Ardvule Point - South Uist + Aird an Runair - North Uist    
Sun 6th May, 2007 Arctic Skua Mangersta - Isle of Lewis + Ardvule Point - South Uist + Aird an Runair - North Uist We have three different plumage forms of the Arctic Skua: pale, medium and dark.  
Sun 6th May, 2007 Long- Tailed Skua Brue + Mangersta - Isle of Lewis + Ardvule Point - South Uist + Aird an Runair - North Uist    
Sun 6th May, 2007 Garganey Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 6th May, 2007 Iceland Gull Butt of Lewis - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Loch by hide  
Sun 6th May, 2007 White-billed Diver
Balranald - North Uist - Outer Hebrides    
Sun 6th May, 2007 St Kilda Tree Sparrow 1

Dunlin 1

Turnestone 5

Redshank 1

Common Scoter 1 male

Golden Plover 2

Merlin 1 female

Gadwall 1 male

Chiff/Willow 1

Snipe 5

Teal 1 male Sarah M

G/N/Diver 2

Greylag Goose 1

Bonxie Lots and still friendly

Terry F
Sat 5th May, 2007 St Kilda House Martin 1

Common Scoter 1 male

Gadwall 1 male

Brent Goose 1

Greylag Goose 1

G/N/Diver 2

Golden Plover 13

Merlin 1 female

Bonxie Lots and still friendly

Terry F
fri 4th May, 2007

St Kilda

Merlin 1                         This has been around for quite a while

Hawfinch 1                    This had been around for a few days and was first                                     seen by
                                    Sa
m (Archaeologist)

Tree Sparrow 2              These had been around for a few days and were                                     first seen by
                                     Sam ( Archaeologist)

Brent Goose 1               Been around for a few days

Bull Finch 1                   Possible sighting at the top of the hill Dave C

Bonxie                          Lots and still friendly

Puffin                            Lots

Terry F

Dave C

Sam

fri 4th May, 2007 Iceland Gull Loch Barvas - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides Iceland Gull tonight at Loch Barvas (1st winter)
Martin S
fri 4th May, 2007 Great Skua Bernera bridge - Outer Hebrides

Skua heading toward Callanish

Saw a rock dove take off with something brown dangling in it's claws...the rock dove dropped the object which promptly flew off...it was a male sparrow

Sunny
fri 4th May, 2007 Subalpine Warbler Vatersay - South Uist - Outer Hebrides

"....BTW Someone saw a male subalpine warbler on Vatersay (South Uist) beach... mobile"

bird gossip...

Peter M
fri 4th May, 2007

White-billed Diver

Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
fri 4th May, 2007

Cutting my peats:

Greylag Geese - not unusual in themselves, but they were chased by a flock of sheep at full "gallop" , the geese took flight and the sheep continued chase until the geese had made a lot of distance...??

Suzanne H
fri 4th May, 2007 Garganey Loch Fada - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
thur 3rd May, 2007 Glaucous Gull Stinky Bay - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides    
thur 3rd May, 2007 Garganey Bornish - South Uist
+ Loch Mor - Benbecula
Outer Hebrides
   
Wed 2nd May, 2007 Arctic Tern Stenish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides flock of about 10 hanging around at Stenish this morning Grahame and Jackie
Wed 2nd May, 2007 Starling chicks Croir - Bernera First ones have hatched Sunny
Wed 2nd May, 2007

White-billed Diver

Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides    
Wed 2nd May, 2007 Dotterel Lionacleit - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

 

A few pics of the Dotterel from Tuesday

 
Wed 2nd May, 2007 What Gull?

Got a picture of a gull which has a beak that is nearly all pink but doesn't go with the colouring of the bird which is about a 1st year. Are you able to ask for any opions from your surfers as is it an aberrant type. Have alook maybe you will have some thoughts

I reckon Debbie's gull is a sub-adult herring gull, but I am no expert
and the more I look at it the more uncertain I am - anyone confirm or other suggestions?

 

Its a first winter "argenteus" Herring Gull (the ones the bred in the UK). Bit of an unusual bill pattern, but the range of variation in gulls is immense

 

I'm no gull expert....it appears to be a second winter plumaged Herring Gull...The bill does look a little odd but I feel it's just aberrant colouring no more....There are some good gull photographs in the POYSER book "GULLS a guide to identification" by the late Philip Grant. It's a little out of date now but most of the information in it still holds true and it contains some good photo's for matching up birds seen if you ever see a copy for sale.

Download a large version (143k)

Debbie B

 

 

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Carl C

Wed 2nd May, 2007

White-billed Diver
Red-throated Diver

Skigersta - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides   Peter M
Wed 2nd May, 2007 Dotterel Lionacleit - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

 

A few pics of the Dotterel from Tuesday

 
Tue 1st May, 2007 Cuckoo (2) Loch Bee - Benbecula   Terry F
Tue 1st May, 2007 Cuckoo Croir - Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides First I've heard calling here this year Sunny
Tue 1st May, 2007 Dotterel Benbecula - Outer Hebrides

 

A few pics of the Dotterel from early this morning on Lionacleit Machair, Benbecula.

Terry F
         

 

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