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American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal

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American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal

Post by BrianR » 29 Feb 2016, 17:57

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Last week Bill Allan mentioned that the two ♂ American Wigeon were still present on the loch near Aileodair (before the Lochportain turn). Not that far away - at Oban Trumisgarry - there was a Green-winged Teal on the 26th. Tony took the attached photo of another Green-winged Teal on Loch Stiapavat on Saturday (probably the same bird that Bob Wemyss had seen there earlier in the month).

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Re: American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal

Post by BrianR » 03 Mar 2016, 16:47

There was a Green-winged Teal on Loch nam Feathean this morning. Undoubtedly the same bird that has been seen off and on during the winter at nearby Loch Sandary. With a small number of Teal and gave a bit of display - pointed bill down and raised crown and nape feathers.

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Re: American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal

Post by BrianR » 11 Mar 2016, 16:39

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The Loch Sandary bird.
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Another photo of the Loch Stiapavat bird - Tony Marr
The Green-winged Teal was again present on Loch Stiapavat recently and Tony reported making amorous advances towards a ♀ Teal. On North Uist the bird on Loch nam Feithean had returned to Loch Sandary a couple of days ago.

The two ♂ American Wigeon were again at the loch before the Lochportain turn (Bill Allan). The Wigeon flock are often absent and it appears the best time to catch up with them is in the afternoon.

Some other recent North Uist news - single Iceland and Glaucous Gulls in the Balranald area, Pied Wagtails at a couple of places and a Goldcrest looking out of place around some black plastic covered silage bales on Baleshare. We have a small resident population and in some years a noticeable spring passage with birds often noticed moving through gardens. Most in spring appear from mid-March to early April.

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