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Bruce
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Barra

Post by Bruce » 03 Nov 2015, 19:15

There are still a few late migrants arriving on Barra. Today a new yellow-browed warbler was at Earsary and another was at Eoligarry for its second day. 11 common chiffchaffs and 7 blackcaps were scattered around the island and a rather smart Siberian chiffchaff was at North Bay. A flock of 42 brent geese at Traigh Mhor included a bird that was ringed in Dublin in March 2013.
There's been a small influx of woodcock in the past few days with up to 6 seen per day. On 30th I saw 1 being chased over the sea by a merlin. At one point the woodcock ditched in the water to avoid a pass by the merlin, before getting up again a few moments later and heading towards land. I lost sight of it as it flew up the hillside with the merlin still in hot pursuit!
There's been a rook at Brevig for the past few days, something of a rarity on Barra I believe.

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Re: Barra

Post by BrianR » 05 Nov 2015, 20:02

Had a quick look through all past reports and unable to find any record of Rook for Barra (come to that also Jackdaw - small flock mentioned in an earlier posting). I don't know if Andrew has any records - I'm sure there must have been one or the other over the years on the island.

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Re: Barra

Post by AndrewS » 05 Nov 2015, 22:29

I haven't unearthed many Barra records but in the large influx in 1893 large numbers were reported from Barra from 20 Oct till spring. Other than that 2 at Bruernish in 1983 - I suspect the records I have are incomplete!

cheers, Andrew

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