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by MisterT
31 Oct 2015, 19:09
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Askernish - Late October
Replies: 1
Views: 674

Askernish - Late October

With calmer days during the month, it allowed the opportunity to set some nets during which time 15 Blackcap, a Yellow-browed Warbler and a Greenland Redpoll were trapped and ringed here in Askernish in a three day period. On the days when several hundred Redwing could be seen around the township, t...
by MisterT
21 Oct 2015, 17:37
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: American Golden Plover
Replies: 0
Views: 538

American Golden Plover

An American Golden Plover was on Bornish machair today. Just managed a few record shots before the hunting party scattered everything to the 4 winds. http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum/2015_09/IMG_0899AmGPlover.jpg http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/Curr...
by MisterT
11 Oct 2015, 21:41
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Barnacle Geese over North Uist
Replies: 10
Views: 1824

Re: Barnacle Geese over North Uist

Circa 250 Barnacle Geese flew over Askernish today around 13:00 plus 42 Brent Geese flew low over the sea just off shore
by MisterT
28 Sep 2015, 21:43
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Snow Buntings
Replies: 6
Views: 1350

Re: Snow Buntings

Some record shots of the birds mentioned above in Brian's post, the Marsh Harrier at Coot Loch and the Pectoral Sandpiper at Balgarva http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum/2015_09/IMG_0754MarshHarrier.jpg http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum/201...
by MisterT
20 Aug 2015, 20:01
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: A good passage of Ruff on North Uist
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Re: A good passage of Ruff on North Uist

There have also been good numbers of Ruff on South Uist as well as Black-tailed Godwits and Whimbrel. On one day alone, I counted 43 Black-tailed Godwits, 58 Ruff and 19 Whimbrel between Bornish and Orasay. http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/_YvonneB_/CurracagForum/2015_05/IMG_0630Ruff.jpg Juv...
by MisterT
11 Aug 2015, 20:45
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Butcher Bird at work?
Replies: 0
Views: 727

Butcher Bird at work?

While checking on one of my last two Swallow nests that I am monitoring, I came across three beetles that had been impaled on barbed wire. I know of only one creature that does this, the Butcher Bird. Butcher Bird is a colloquial name for a shrike, a bird that amasses a stash or larder by impaling i...
by MisterT
04 Aug 2015, 18:31
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Magpie
Replies: 0
Views: 1535

Magpie

After a quiet spell on the patch here at Askernish, July ended on a high with Sandwich Tern and Little Gull late in the month along with many returning waders including Whimbrel, Knot and Black-tailed Godwits. Then things got just that little bit better on finding a Magpie. If it had turned up 6 mon...
by MisterT
05 Jul 2015, 21:43
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Iceland Gull on North Uist
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Re: Iceland Gull on North Uist

As you say, birds are not doing too well this year, especially the smaller passerines. Locally, of the 5 pair of Linnet, only 1 has fledged a brood of 4 young, the others all failed and unlike last year, they do not appear to be attempting a second brood. Goldfinch are not fairing any better, 4 pair...
by MisterT
05 Jul 2015, 15:01
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Painted Lady and Red Admiral
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Re: Painted Lady and Red Admiral

Out and about this morning, we too saw Painted Lady, one at Frobost and another at Ormaclete. As you say, seeing a few butterflies on the wing makes for a pleasant change this year.
by MisterT
12 Jun 2015, 20:32
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Bonaparte's Gull
Replies: 0
Views: 700

Bonaparte's Gull

A first summer Bonaparte's Gull was seen on St Kilda yesterday afternoon, photographs of which can be seen on the St Kilda Rangers blog. This is the second record for St Kilda, the first occurring in June 2007