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 Bird Sightings Records : Hebrides : May 2011

 

 

 

 

   This table is Hebrides Bird Sightings period May 2011

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

 

Wood Sand and others

20th May 2011
...Bonapartes at Melbost Borve again plus a cracking Wood Sandpiper there and 45 Turnstone. At Loch Stiapabhat we found 3 Woodpigeons, 4 Black tailed Godwits....

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Tue
31/05/11
Glaucous Gull Siadar - Isle of Lewis  
Sun
29/05/11
Ring-billed Gull Balelone - North Uist
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Larus delawarensis
  • UK: Scarce visitor, 74 annual records BTO (Most common gull in North America)
  • WI: Scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) TBC
  • Breeds: Colonies nest on ground by rivers, lakes & coast. Bird returns to same nest site each year. North America, Canada
  • Winters: South to North America & the Great Lakes (wanderer to UK & West Europe)
  • Habitat: Seacoasts, lakes, rivers, fields
  • Diet: Omnivorous: Forages, scavenges, steals. Fish, insects, earthworms, small mammals, grain, eggs & rodents
  • Slightly larger than common gull. White head, neck & below. Shortish, yellow bill has dark ring. Back & wings silver-grey. Yellow legs and eyes. Different immature plumage classes for first three years.
  • Max recorded age 15yrs
  • Similar birds: Common Gull (no ring on bill)
Sun
29/05/11
Pomarine Skua (210+) Aird an Runair - North Uist
  • Pomarine Skua (From Latin pomarin : covered nose - the cere on the bill)
  • Stercorarius pomarinus
  • Gaelic: Fàsgadair donn
  • WI: Fairly common spring passage visitor (small numbers) & usually scarce in autumn (very small numbers)
    See at seawatching places late April - May & Aug - Nov
  • Breeds: Arctic tundra & Islands: Greenland, North Russia, North of America, North Europe, North Asia
  • Winters: Seacoasts: Tropical oceans, West African coast
  • Herring gull size seabird, long & twisted spoon-shaped tail streamers, wing has small white double flashes
    3 adult colour phases. Light-phase: Brown back, mainly white below. Head & neck yellowish-white, black cap. Dark-phase: Dark brown. Intermeadiate-phase: Dark with paler underparts, head and neck.
  • Diet: Breeding grounds: Lemmings (small rodents). Elsewise eggs, other birds (will kill a Common Gull), winter fish. Pirate (will steal from a Gannet!), scavenges
  • Similar birds: Arctic skua, Long-tailed Skua, Great Skua
Sat
28/05/11
Long-tailed Skua (20+)

Aird an Runair - North Uist
Ardvule Point - South Uist

 
Sat
28/05/11
Garganey Loch Mor - Benbecula  
Thur
26/05/11
Iceland Gull South Ford + The Range - South Uist  
Thur
26/05/11
Garganey (3) Loch Fada - Benbecula  

Sightings 16th May - 26th May included large numbers of Skuas,
Leach's Petrels from Aird an Runair, Sabine's Gull at Ardvule Point (South Uist),
Bonaparte's Gull (Barvas, Lewis) , Snowy Owl in Uig (Lewis), Lesser Yellowlegs
at Balgarve (South Uist) , Wood Sandpiper at Loch Staipabhat (Ness, Lewis),
Red-necked Phalarope at Arnol RSPB (Lewis)

Mon
16/05/11
American Wigeon Loch Sandary - North Uist
Steinish Estuary - Isle of Lewis
  • American Wigeon (Wigeon, Widgeon, Baldpate)
  • UK: Scarce visitor, 6 annual records BTO
  • WI: Rare visitor (less than 30 records)
  • Breeds North-West & Central America
  • Winters: South USA to Northerly South America. Gregarious outside of breeding season
  • Habitat: Open wetlands, wet grassland, marshes lochs, wet meadows (usually with some taller vegetation) Migration also rivers, estuaries
  • Diet: (Herbivore) Grazing for food - has short serrated-edged bill. Herbs, grasses, Wigeon grass, eelgrass, algae, roots. Also dabbling, pondweeds & other aquatic plants
  • Dabbling duck. Adult male in breeding season: pinkish brown body, greyish head with greenish eye patch, creamy white crown stripe (Common Wigeon's is creamy-buff/yellowish-orange) , black rear-end, white wing-patch (speculum). Non-breeding male fairly similar to female. Female light-brown, & similar to female Mallard.
  • Similar bird: Wigeon. Female & male American Wigeon out of breeding season similar to Mallard

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

American Wigeon at Laxdale

16th May 2011
...ithe estuary on the north edge of Stornoway ... the main wintering site for Eurasian Wigeon on the island ...American Wigeon has dropped in. It tends to hang around near the roosting gulls....

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Bird Race summary – new record set!

16th May 2011
...Tristan, Tony and myself did a ‘bird race’ on Saturday, though we were only racing against ourselves...

Highlights were:

..Red-rumped Swallow.....Drake American Wigeon ...Bonaparte’s Gull...Pomarine Skuas....Pinkfeet at Gress...· Long-staying Gadwall, Shoveler and Coot at Loch Stiapabat...Scaup...Velvet Scoter... Iceland Gull...Glaucous Gull...Swifts...Sand Martins... Grasshopper Warblers..Whitethroats..Spotted Flycatcher...Common Redpolls at Bragar

The most signficant omission from our list was Stonechat. They appear to be more or less absent from the island since the cold winter.

Total was 113 species. ...

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Mon
16/05/11
Red-necked Phalarope RSPB Loch na Milne - Arnol - Isle of Lewis
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Phalaropus lobatus
  • Deagan-allt, Isean-dearg
  • UK: Breeding 20-30 pairs
  • UK: Migrant breeder/passage visitor
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year) and scarce migrant breeder (1-9 breeding pairs)
  • Breeding: Arctic and sub-Arctic. Europe
  • Winter: live at sea off the Arabian coast
  • Similar birds: Grey Phalarope, Wilson's Phalarope
Mon
16/05/11
Glaucous Gull North Bay - South Uist
Stinky Bay - Benbecula
 
Mon
16/05/11
Iceland Gull Smerclate - South Uist  
Mon
16/05/11
Arctic Skua (<20) Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Mon
16/05/11
Long-tailed Skua (70+)

Aird an Runair - North Uist
Ardvule Point - South Uist

 
Mon
16/05/11
Pomarine Skua (210+) Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Sun 15/05/11 Great Skua (<10) Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Sun 15/05/11 Great Skua Aird an Runair - North Uist
  • Great Skua (Bonxie)
  • Stercorarius skua - Catharacta skua
  • UK: Passage visitor, migrant breeder
  • UK: 9600 pairs in Summer BTO
  • WI: Fairly common migrant breeder (100 - 999 breeding pairs), and passage visitor (small numbers)
  • Adults stout & dark, streaked grey-brown, black cap, juveniles warm-brown, unstreaked below, tail short & square-ended - blunt. Flight direct & powerful. ID from other skuas: Herring Gull size, barrel chest, white wing flashes
  • Breeds: Western Isles, North Scotland, Faeroes, Iceland, Norway
  • Winters: North Atlantic, North & South America, Spanish Coast, Africa
  • Habitat: Coastal moorland, rocky islands, Winter: seacoasts
  • Diet: Fish from sea, other seabirds (kill to size great black-backed gull), piracy (robs terns, gulls, gannets!)
  • Listen to Great Skua RSPB site
  • Similar birds Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua , Long-tailed Skua
Sun 15/05/11 Arctic Skua Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Sun 15/05/11 Long-tailed Skua

Aird an Runair - North Uist

 
Sun 15/05/11 Pomarine Skua Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Sat
15/05/11
Long-tailed Skua

Uig Ferry
Nunton- Benbecula
Aird an Runair

(Total <20)

 
Sat
15/05/11
Pomarine Skua (340+) Aird an Runair - North Uist
  • Pomarine Skua (From Latin pomarin : covered nose - the cere on the bill)
  • Stercorarius pomarinus
  • Gaelic: Fàsgadair donn
  • WI: Fairly common spring passage visitor (small numbers) & usually scarce in autumn (very small numbers)
    See at seawatching places late April - May & Aug - Nov
  • Breeds: Arctic tundra & Islands: Greenland, North Russia, North of America, North Europe, North Asia
  • Winters: Seacoasts: Tropical oceans, West African coast
  • Herring gull size seabird, long & twisted spoon-shaped tail streamers, wing has small white double flashes
    3 adult colour phases. Light-phase: Brown back, mainly white below. Head & neck yellowish-white, black cap. Dark-phase: Dark brown. Intermeadiate-phase: Dark with paler underparts, head and neck.
  • Diet: Breeding grounds: Lemmings (small rodents). Elsewise eggs, other birds (will kill a Common Gull), winter fish. Pirate (will steal from a Gannet!), scavenges
  • Similar birds: Arctic skua, Long-tailed Skua, Great Skua
Sat
15/05/11
Dotterel The Range - West Gerenish
  • Dotterel
  • Charadrius morinellus
  • Gaelic : Amada-mòinellus
  • UK: 630 pairs in summer BTO
  • UK: Migrant breeder
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: UK - Europe, Asia, Alaska
  • Winters: Mediterranean
  • Habitat: "High tops" grassland with stones, on (on migration mudflats)
  • Diet: Insects, small invertebrates & spiders (from under stones...)
  • Medium size plover. Adults mostly grey-brown upperparts, bright chestnut belly, a white chest band, throat and eyestripe, dark cap. Male stays on the nest & incubates the eggs. Female more bright in colour than male
  • Listen to a Dotterel (RSPB site)
Sat
15/05/11
American Wigeon Loch Sandary - North Uist
Steinish Estuary - Isle of Lewis
 
Sat
15/05/11
Garganey Loch Mor - Benbecula  
Sat
15/05/11
Curlew Sandpiper Ardivachar Point - South Uist
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Calidris ferruginea
  • UK: Scarce passage migrant, mostly seen August & September.
  • UK: 740 annual UK records BTO
  • WI: Scarce sometimes uncommon passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: North Alaska, North Siberia
  • Winters: West Europe, South Asia, South Africa, Australia
  • Habitat: Tundra (migration boggy areas, mudflats, saltmarshes, shallow coastal lagoons)
  • Diet: Small invertebrates, snails, worms, flies
  • Like a dunlin. Differences: Slightly bigger. Feeds in slightly deeper water. In autumn looks paler, cleaner. Longer & more down-curved bill. Longer legs & neck. In flight bright white rump. Both birds have dark legs
    Winter: Pale grey above. White below. White eyestripe. Breeding: dark-grey below, deep chestnut above
    Juveniles: Grey & brown back. White belly. Peach-coloured breast. Gregarious, forms mixed species wader flocks (often with Dunlin)
  • Similar birds: Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper (very rare - legs much longer & paler, has wing bar)
Sat
15/05/11
Red-rumped Swallow Laxdale Holiday Park- Isle of Lewis
  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • Cecropis daurica - Hirundo daurica
  • UK: Scarce visitor
  • UK: 10 annual records BTO
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeds: Open & hilly country, nests in caves, tunnels
    Resident breeder India, Africa.
    European & Asian breeding birds migrate to India & Africa
  • Diet: Flying insects (so fast swooping flight)
  • Swallow-like, pale belly. Blue upperparts. Dusky below. Rump (above tail) often pale. Pale throat. Nape has pale ring. Wings broad & pointed. Gregarious outside breeding season
Fri
13/05/11
American Wigeon Loch Sandary - North Uist  
Fri
13/05/11
Pomarine Skua (20+) Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Fri
13/05/11
Dotterel The Range - West Gerenish  
Fri
13/05/11
Glaucous Gull Siadar - Isle of Lewis
 
Thu
12/05/11
Long-tailed Skua (9) Aird an Runair - North Uist  
Thu
12/05/11
Pomarine Skua (150+) Aird an Runair - North Uist
  • Pomarine Skua (From Latin pomarin : covered nose - the cere on the bill)
  • Stercorarius pomarinus
  • Gaelic: Fàsgadair donn
  • WI: Fairly common spring passage visitor (small numbers) & usually scarce in autumn (very small numbers)
    See at seawatching places late April - May & Aug - Nov
  • Breeds: Arctic tundra & Islands: Greenland, North Russia, North of America, North Europe, North Asia
  • Winters: Seacoasts: Tropical oceans, West African coast
  • Herring gull size seabird, long & twisted spoon-shaped tail streamers, wing has small white double flashes
    3 adult colour phases. Light-phase: Brown back, mainly white below. Head & neck yellowish-white, black cap. Dark-phase: Dark brown. Intermeadiate-phase: Dark with paler underparts, head and neck.
  • Diet: Breeding grounds: Lemmings (small rodents). Elsewise eggs, other birds (will kill a Common Gull), winter fish. Pirate (will steal from a Gannet!), scavenges
  • Similar birds: Arctic skua, Long-tailed Skua, Great Skua
Thu
12/05/11
Glaucous Gull Siadar - Isle of Lewis  

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

Mid-may Bits & Pieces

12th May 2011
...Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler....Whinchat...
dead Short eared Owl at ...

The Bonapartes Gull is still at Melbost Borve and 4 Goosanders .....

First Greylag goslings today.... also Teal with 5 young...

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Wed
11/05/11
Sand Martin Loch Druidibeg - South Uist
  • Sand Martin
  • Riparia riparia
  • Gaelic: Gobhlan Gainmhich
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
Single At Druidibeg at around 1500 this afternoon.
Richard
(Currently staying at Nunton)
Wed
11/05/11
Red-rumped Swallow Loch Stiapabhat - Isle of Lewis  

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

Red rump and Dots

11th May 2011
Five Dotterel were flushed from Barvas... Corncrakes are calling.
.....Red-rumped Swallow...with other hirundines and 3 Swifts....

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Wed
11/05/11
Dotterel Barvas - Isle of Lewis  

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

Counting crows

I had 388 Ravens in a ‘flock’ on the moor last week... and I saw the same again tonight ...

Presumably that is most of the islands non-breeders, as most Ravens are tending to their nests at the moment...?

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Costa del Ness

"The recent flurry of southern avian visitors has continued...3 Sand Martins in Barvas ..many Swallows skiffng over moorland pools today. Obviously a bit of movement going on, but oddly most heading south..."

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Mon
09/05/11
Red-rumped Swallow Butt of Lewis  
Mon
09/05/11
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Borve- Isle of Berneary
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Tryngites subruficollis
  • UK: Less than 20 records BTO
  • UK: Scarce visitor
  • WI: Rare visitor (less than 30 records)
  • Breeds: Northern Canada, Alaska
  • Winters: South America
  • Habitat is tundra, grazing land, machair, estuaries, golf courses, air fields, pools or mudflats on the sea shore - prefers dry or short grass...
  • Diet: mostly invertebrates, plant seeds
  • Dunlin sized wader
  • Black eye on plain face, pale eye ring
  • Legs mustard yellow
Mon
09/05/11
Yellow-legged Gull Ardvule - South Uist  
Mon
09/05/11
Dotterel West Gerenish - South Uist  
Mon
09/05/11
Garganey Loch Stiapabhat - Europie - Isle of Lewis  

Mon
09/05/11

Bee-eater Loch Stiapabhat - Ness - Isle of lewis
  • Bee-eater (AKA European Bee-eater)
  • Merops apiaster
  • UK: Scarce visitor 38 records a year ( BTO ) has bred
  • WI: Very rare visitor Two records.
  • Breeds: southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. Nests in colonies. Nests in a deepish tunnel in a sandy bank, usually near a river (start of May). Lays 5-8, spherical white eggs (start of June). Both parents tend the eggs, which are brooded for approx 3 weeks.
  • Winters: Tropical Africa, India, Sri Lanka
  • Habitat: Open country, woodland, farmland
  • Diet: Flying insects, mostly bees & wasps, these are rubbed against perch or repeatedly hit on a hard surface to remove stings. Also eat lizards & frogs
  • Richly-coloured, slender. Length of 27–29 cm, including the two long central tail feathers. Brown & yellow upper parts, green wings, beak black. Sexes alike. Gregarious, breeding, feeding and roosting communally.
  • Call is a trill

Bee-eaters require around 225 bees a day when they are raising their young.

Mon
09/05/11
Nightingale Loch Eynort - Plantation - South Uist  
Sun
08/05/11
Bonaparte's Gull Loch Stiapabhat - Europie - Isle of Lewis  
Bird Sightings - Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
with Common Gull

Bird Sightings - Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
with Black-headed Gull

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

Bonaparte’s Gull at Siadar

"fourth on the island ....now annual in the Hebrides...."

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Sun
08/05/11
Dotterel Balranald - North Uist  
Sun
08/05/11
Curlew Sandpiper Claddach - North Uist
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Calidris ferruginea
  • UK: Scarce passage migrant, mostly seen August & September.
  • UK: 740 annual UK records BTO
  • WI: Scarce sometimes uncommon passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: North Alaska, North Siberia
  • Winters: West Europe, South Asia, South Africa, Australia
  • Habitat: Tundra (migration boggy areas, mudflats, saltmarshes, shallow coastal lagoons)
  • Diet: Small invertebrates, snails, worms, flies
  • Like a dunlin. Differences: Slightly bigger. Feeds in slightly deeper water. In autumn looks paler, cleaner. Longer & more down-curved bill. Longer legs & neck. In flight bright white rump. Both birds have dark legs
    Winter: Pale grey above. White below. White eyestripe. Breeding: dark-grey below, deep chestnut above
    Juveniles: Grey & brown back. White belly. Peach-coloured breast. Gregarious, forms mixed species wader flocks (often with Dunlin)
  • Similar birds: Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper (very rare - legs much longer & paler, has wing bar)
Sun
08/05/11
Gyr
(White Morph)
Suainebost - Isle of Lewis
  • Gyr Falcon
  • Falco rusticolus
  • 3 UK records a year, only 126 records 1958 - 2004 BTO
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeds: Arctic & sub-Arctic coasts & islands. Europe, North America, Asia, Greenland to North Siberia, North Canada,
  • Winter: South to North Europe, Central Asia, North USA
  • Habitat: Tundra, open forest, coastal, mountains
  • Diet: medium-sized birds (but will take on a swan!) some mammals, (usually as flies low across ground)
  • Largest, heaviest falcon species. Very strong. Longer-tailed bird & pointed wings are stockier & broader Peregrine's. Coloration ranges from almost all-white to very dark birds.
Sun
08/05/11
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Borve- Isle of Berneary  
Sun
08/05/11
Garganey Loch Stiapabhat - Europie - Isle of Lewis  
Sat
07/05/11
Woodchat Shrike Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • Lanius senator
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC

Shrikes are insect eaters, but they also eat small birds and mammals, so they have chunky pointed beaks.

One of the folk names for the Shrike in general is the 'Butcher Bird', (Lanius means butcher) they store their catch by impaling it on the thorns of bushes and trees like the Hawthorn, making larders.

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike in Ness

"Woodchat Shrike... the fourth record for the Outer Hebrides and the first for Lewis...

Some video of the shrike with its swinging tail is on You Tube via the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM9nDIUt59s"

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Sat
07/05/11
Common Redstart Langlass - North Uist
  • Common Redstart
  • Phoenicurus phoenicurus
  • Gaelic: Ceann-deargan
  • UK: AMBER LIST. Breeding 101,000 pairs BTO
  • UK: Migrant Breeder, Passage Visitor
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (Very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: Nests in cracks and crevices in mature timbert. Lays 5-6 light-blue eggs. Europe, Asia
  • Winters: North Africa, Arabia
  • Habitat: Woodland (prefers oaks), hedgerow, streamsides, open parkland. (migration coastal scrub, thickets, woodland)
  • Diet: Often feeds in air like a flycathe r: Mostly insects (prefers butterfly & beetle larvae), also spiders,worms, berries.
  • On ground Restart bobs like a Robin. Rich chestnut-orange tails almost always in motion. Black bill & legs.
    Breeding male slate-grey upperparts. Orange-chestnut chest & rump (above tail). Black face & throat. White forehead. Brownish wings. Belly pale orangeish-white.
    In autumn buff fringes obscure the adult male's bright colours
    Female browner. Underparts paler. No black or slate-grey parts. Throat whitish.
    1st winter male like female but some greyish-black on throat, orange breast is mottled, & bird may have a hint of a white forehead
  • Max recorded age 10yrs 3mths
  • Listen to a Common Redstart (RSPB site). Lovely! and Robin-like
  • Similar birds: Black Redstart
Sat
07/05/11
Hawfinch Langlass Lodge - North Uist
  • Hawfinch
  • Coccothraustes coccthraustes
  • WI: Rare visitor (less than 30 records)
Sat
07/05/11
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Borve- Isle of Berneary  
Sat
07/05/11
Dotterel Balranald - North Uist  
Sat
07/05/11
Garganey Coot Loch - Benbecula  
Sat
07/05/11
Iceland Gull Loch Branahuie - Isle of lewis  
Fri
06/05/11
Woodchat Shrike Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • Lanius senator
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
Fri
06/05/11
Bonaparte's Gull Siadar - Isle of Lewis  
Fri
06/05/11
Dotterel Balranald - North Uist  
Fri
06/05/11
Common Redstart Langlass - North Uist  
Thu
05/05/11
Garganey Coot Loch - Benbecula  
Thu
05/05/11
White-billed Diver Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis
  • White-billed Diver (Yellow-billed Loon, Parsnip Bill)
  • Gavia adamsii
  • Passage migrant (Spring), Winter Visitor
  • WI: Vagrant/rare passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in recent years), scarce winter vistor (very small numbers recorded in recent years)
  • UK 4 -22 annual records
  • Breeds in Arctic: Russia, Alaska, Canada
  • Winters at sea: Coasts of Norway, Western Canada; & sometimes found on large inland lakes.
  • Largest of the loons, 77-100 cm (30-40 in) length. Wingspan 135-160 cm (53-63 in). Breeding adults: black head. White below. Chequered black & white mantle. Non-breeding drabber with white chin & foreneck. Long straw-yellow bill looks slightly uptilted.
  • Diet: fish, catches prey underwater

In his book " Bird's of the Outer Hebrides" published 1990, Peter Cunningham wrote that there were only four records ever of this rare diver in the Outer Hebrides, all off the coast of the Uists. In more recent years this bird has been a regular visitor to the Lewis Coast, usually found just offshore at Skigersta (or Port of Ness) from mid-February, but most frequently in mid-April to early-May. In 2007 there were up to 7 birds along the Port of Ness - Skigersta - Tolsta - Tiumpanhead coastline.

Thu
05/05/11
Lapland Bunting Butt of Lewis
  • Lapland Bunting (AKA Lapland Longspur)
  • Calcatius lapponicus
  • UK: Scarce breeder, passage - winter visitor
  • UK: 350 birds (winter) Arrives September - October, leaves by May BTO
  • WI: Scarce passage migrant (very small numbers recorded in most years)
  • Breeds: Arctic Europe, Asia, Canada, North America. Birch, willow, bare mountains areas
  • Winters: South to Central Europe, Central Asia, South America, cultivated land or coasts, wet meadows
  • Chunky yellow seed-eater bill. Winter males: very noticeable black crown, face & throat. White eyestripe. Chestnut nape. White below. Heavily streaked black-grey back. Mixed species flocks.
  • Diet: seeds (summer invertebrates)
  • Listen to a Lapland Bunting - RSPB site
Thu
05/05/11
Hawfinch Langlass Lodge - North Uist  
Wed 04/05/11 Night Heron Boreray - St Kilda  
Wed
04/05/11
Bonaparte's Gull Siadar - Isle of Lewis  
Wed
03/05/11
Tree Sparrow Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Passer domesticus
  • Gaelic : Gealbhonn, Glaisean
  • UK: RED LIST. 68,000 territories (Summer) BTO
  • UK: Resident Breeder, Passage Visitor
  • WI: Former breeder (Last record in 1985), otherwise uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)
  • Breeding: Europe, Asia (Introduced to Australia, US)
  • Habitat: Hedgerows, woodland edges, farmland, towns
  • Diet: Seeds from foraging on ground - also on plants, (nestlings fed insects)
  • Similar to but smaller than a House Sparrow. Chestnut-brown head & nape (instead of grey). White cheeks & collar (with contrasting black cheek-patch). More active than House Sparrow. Holds tail cocked like a Wren.
  • Typical lifespan 2yrs. Max recorded lifespan 13yrs 1mth
  • Listen to a Tree Sparrow (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: House Sparrow

Bits & Pieces from Martin's Birding Blog

Local mega – Tree Sparrow

4th May, 2011
"11 Tree Sparrows... today...Rarer in local terms in the past decade than Gyr! "
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Tue
03/05/11
White-billed Diver Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis  
Mon
02/05/11
White-billed Diver Port of ness - Isle of Lewis  
Guillemot

Andy Hartree sent in this photograph of a Guillemot with it's chick for the collection

( 2010)

Sun
01/05/11
Common Redstart Drimsdale - South Uist  
       

 

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