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Askernish - Late October

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Askernish - Late October

Post by MisterT » 31 Oct 2015, 19:09

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, two individuals were trapped and ringed which were probably the nominate Scandinavian Redwing rather than the usual and expected Icelandic sub species.

On the machair, good numbers of Fieldfare (maximum 40) were to be seen as well as the unusual sight of 5 species of geese, Greylag, Barnacle, Brent, Pink-feet and the first six Greenland White-fronted Geese of the autumn which appeared on their favoured fields.

A Hoopoe was seen at Drimsdale (not by me) and after a Little Egret flew over Askernish, two were found together at Daliburgh the following day. This is probably the first multiple sighting of this species in the Outer Hebrides. 250 Whooper Swans were on the Lochs between Milton and Kilpheder, a Coot and 5 Pintail were also at Daliburgh and a Short-eared Owl was seen at Kildonan.

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Re: Askernish - Late October

Post by AndrewS » 05 Nov 2015, 22:42

Not quite the first multiple record of little egret, There were 2 together on North Uist in the winter of 2008-2009 and in autumn 2009 there were up to 3 together at South Glendale initially and then at Daliburgh probably on the same marsh as your 2.

The increase and spread north of Little egrets into the UK since the early 1990s has been quite exceptional and birds have recently been suspected of breeding on the Scottish side of the Solway Firth.

cheers, Andrew

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