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by MisterT
02 Jul 2016, 17:26
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Butterflies on the Wing
Replies: 1
Views: 609

Butterflies on the Wing

Despite the best efforts of our weather, butterflies are to be found on the wing. Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Common Blue can be found on the machair in between the showers. Ringlet, Dark Green Fritillary and the migrant Painted Lady were seen yesterday around Askernish, the l...
by MisterT
02 Jul 2016, 16:03
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Colour-ringed Ringed Plover and Redshank
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Colour-ringed Ringed Plover and Redshank

Where do I start with this. The response to a colour ringed sighting using the BTO website can be relatively quick IF the colour ring project is administered by the BTO and it can be readily identified. Unlike ringed birds where there the ringing scheme is identified on the ring, a project has to be...
by MisterT
01 Jul 2016, 18:15
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Colour-ringed Ringed Plover and Redshank
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Colour-ringed Ringed Plover and Redshank

Within the space of two weeks, I found these 2 colour ringed birds locally on the machair at Hallan and Askernish. It has taken a while to track down the project but oddly enough they were both ringed by Farlington Ringing Group led by Peter Potts and within 2 days of each other. The Redshank had a ...
by MisterT
29 Jun 2016, 20:08
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Colour-ringed Common Tern
Replies: 0
Views: 488

Colour-ringed Common Tern

On a recent trip to Lewis, I found this colour ringed Common Tern in Stornoway harbour sporting a yellow darvic ring with the letters PHV. I finally tracked the bird down as being part of the Dublin Bay Birds project with this individual being ringed on the 7th September 2015 at Sandymount Strand, D...
by MisterT
23 Jun 2016, 21:24
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Re: Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist

Jeremy Wilson heard the begging calls of young Long-eared Owls while staying at Langass Lodge earlier this week. There have also been sightings of Long-eared owl here at Askernish.
by MisterT
16 Jun 2016, 08:35
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Two Great White Egrets?
Replies: 1
Views: 501

Two Great White Egrets?

A Great White Egret was reported on Birdguides yesterday as being present at Liniclate, Benbecula at 15.20, while a Great White Egret was also seen at Loch Hallan, South Uist at 15.00 where it was observed for at least 40 minutes. The same bird? probably not. http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435...
by MisterT
03 Jun 2016, 17:32
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: May 2016 - A Selection of Photographs
Replies: 0
Views: 731

May 2016 - A Selection of Photographs

Below are a few photographs taken around the islands during May 2016 http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum2016/IN8A0573Hoody.jpg Hooded Crow, Stornoway harbour http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum2016/IN8A0584blue%20Tit.jpg Blue Tit, Stornoway c...
by MisterT
02 Jun 2016, 19:33
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: White-rumped Sandpiper
Replies: 0
Views: 516

White-rumped Sandpiper

They say things happen in threes. Even with the two American vagrants already on the islands recently (Black-billed Cuckoo and White-crowned Sparrow), it was still a surprise to find this White-rumped Sandpiper at the north end of Loch Bee. Possibly the earliest record here in OH. The Crane has been...
by MisterT
01 Jun 2016, 20:01
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Potential breeding record of Jack Snipe on North Uist
Replies: 1
Views: 459

Re: Potential breeding record of Jack Snipe on North Uist

Another rare breeding bird to have bred here in the Uists this year are Whooper Swan. This pair with 3 cygnets were seen today at Loch Ollay (SU) and are probably the same pair that raised 2 cygnets last year. http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum2016/Whoopers.jpg Whooper ...
by MisterT
26 May 2016, 21:18
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Black-billed Cuckoo on North Uist
Replies: 12
Views: 2919

Re: Black-billed Cuckoo on North Uist

You just can't drive past without looking to see if it is still there, which it was. This photograph was taken at the same time as Rene's when resting in a bush

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