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Bruce
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little auk Barra

Post by Bruce » 07 Jan 2016, 18:44

Following last nights gale, a storm driven little auk was in the bay at Brevig today. It was clearly exhausted and not feeding. It made an attempt to beach itself but returned to the sea after a great black-backed gull made a couple of close passes. Sadly it died out in the bay late this afternoon. There was an altogether healthier little auk at Traigh Mhor on 5th.
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Post by MisterT » 07 Jan 2016, 20:32

There would appear to be more sightings than usual of Little Auk recently during this spell of bad weather. I found one exhausted in the dunes at Frobost late last month while performing a BTO NEWS survey. It accompanied me home in my pocket where it was rested and later released after dark. I also saw another flying just off shore at Askernish earlier this week

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Post by BrianR » 18 Jan 2016, 17:57

Another one to add to the list - found dead by Peter Murray at Knockintorran on the 12th.

Our largest ever Little Auk influx took place in January 2000 when an unprecedented 263 flew south off Griminish Point, North Uist and another 46 were seen from a ferry in The Little Minch.

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