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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Great Skua

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Great Skua

(Bonxie)

Stercorarius skua

Gaelic:Fasgadair mór

Photograph © Suzanne Harris
Croir - Isle of Great Bernera - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
5th September, 2008

The birds had good sea fishing just off Croir today - half a dozen Gannets within feet of me instead of the usual odd one or two at a distance, they have been at it all day. Lots of Gulls, Shag a Fulmar and a Great Skua - first one of those I have seen from there. Not a Meadow Pipit in the area today when there have been minimum of twenty for a few weeks. I tried for ages to get a Gannet plunging into the sea - just lots of empty sea photos or splashes, they are so incredibly fast"

 

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  • 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

 

Great Skua records in the Western Isles

Fairly common migrant breeder (100 - 999 breeding pairs), and passage visitor (small numbers)
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Report)


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the bird is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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