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Cormorants

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Cormorants

Post by BrianR » 07 Jun 2015, 20:46

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Taken at Aird an Runair yesterday
A trek to check the Cormorant colony at Loch an Tomain, North Uist with René today resulted in the same result as last year (none present and colony now abandoned). No counts or relatively low numbers for 2010-2013 with 60 occupied nests in 2009 and 47 nests in 2007. Reasons not known so purely speculation but White-tailed Eagles are known to plunder breeding colonies of various species including herons and cormorants.

With everything well behind with the exceptionally cold and wet weather this was the most disappointing walk with few species and low numbers seen since visits to the colony stretching back to 1997. A Golden Eagle was the highlight, otherwise a family of Stonechats (one juvenile), only two Wheatears, a Common Sandpiper, a pair of Hooded Crows and a handful of Meadow Pipits and a few Wrens.

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