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by Bruce
29 Dec 2016, 23:29
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: By-The-Wind Sailors
Replies: 2
Views: 698

By-The-Wind Sailors

Over the past couple of days there's been an enormous wreck of By-The-Wind Sailors, Velella velella on the beaches around Barra and Vatersay. We noticed a small influx here in early August, but that pales into insignificance compared to the numbers currently washing ashore. This afternoon we made a ...
by Bruce
13 Nov 2016, 19:49
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Barra
Replies: 0
Views: 574

Barra

A drake American Wigeon has taken up residence on Barra at Eoligarry. It turned up on 30th October and was still present today on the flooded field next to the road; it occasionally roosts on the rocks off of the jetty. It's usually in close company with a female Eurasian Wigeon. As far as I can tel...
by Bruce
13 Oct 2016, 19:51
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Arctic warbler
Replies: 0
Views: 468

Arctic warbler

I found an arctic warbler at lunchtime near the old manse at Cuithir, Barra. It showed well on and off through the afternoon. It spent much of its time feeding at ground level amongst dense vegetation, regularly flying up into nearby bushes. A single yellow-brow in the same area and at least 3 other...
by Bruce
10 Oct 2016, 20:30
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Yellow-browed Warbler
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Yellow-browed Warbler

Here on Barra there have also been good numbers of yellow-brows in recent days. Yesterday and today numbers were at least in the high 20s. With the wind forecast to swing to more of a straight easterly in the coming days there's every likelihood that their numbers will increase further. Also on Barr...
by Bruce
29 Sep 2016, 22:56
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Eastern kingbird Barra
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Eastern kingbird Barra

Clive Saunders found Britain's first Eastern Kingbird near the graveyard at Eoligarry, Barra this afternoon. It showed very well until dusk when it appeared to go to roost in nearby conifers. Also today a juvenile American golden plover on the beach at Cleat, and a DSCN9210 (3).JPG barred warbler an...
by Bruce
06 Aug 2016, 19:03
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: hawfinch
Replies: 1
Views: 430

hawfinch

Another hawfinch was on Barra this afternoon, this time at Morghan. It was feeding on the ground at close range and looked entirely bedraggled in the rain. Also today a grasshopper warbler at Brevig, most likely a migrant although several males were singing here in the spring.
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by Bruce
29 May 2016, 21:25
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Barra
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: Barra

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hawfinch, brevig
by Bruce
29 May 2016, 20:57
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Barra
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Barra

There's been a few new arrivals around Brevig, Barra in the past couple of days. Yesterday a female pied flycatcher and a spotted flycatcher were present. Today a red-breasted flycatcher was in the same area though it proved to be elusive as it fed low down among dense sycamore growth. A hawfinch wa...
by Bruce
14 May 2016, 22:35
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: hawfinch on Vatersay
Replies: 0
Views: 349

hawfinch on Vatersay

This morning there was a hawfinch around the houses and surrounding moorland at Caolas, Vatersay. Normally a secretive woodland species, this bird looked somewhat out of place but showed very well in the treeless landscape! On Barra recently a little egret has been touring the west side of the islan...
by Bruce
14 Apr 2016, 19:55
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Barra
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: Barra

The white-billed diver was feeding close inshore by Eoligarry jetty yesterday and was reported again today. The American herring gull was showing well on its usual rock at Garrygall yesterday afternoon, then today was back at Craigston. A couple of sandwich terns have been in the Eoligarry/Traigh Mh...