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Red-necked Phalaropes and Storm Petrels

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Red-necked Phalaropes and Storm Petrels

Post by BrianR » 18 Jul 2015, 20:32

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Alison and Andrew Johnson have let me know of a couple of Red-necked Phalaropes that they saw on Shillay in the Sound of Harris recently. Alison went on to say they were wading and swimming in a small pool behind the beach. Alison and her husband are trustees of a small wildlife trust that owns the Shillays and the Saghays and they'd been out doing their yearly count of Storm Petrels (from voice responses). The petrels are not doing very well with predation from bonxies being a problem recently as well as this year rain flooding the burrows.

In the light rain and strong westerly wind this morning at least four Storm Petrels were off Aird an Runair. The Iceland Gull was still present on the beach. Also on nearby lochs were at least 30 Sand Martins perhaps indicating a good breeding season for them at least.

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