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Pochard on North Uist

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Pochard on North Uist

Post by BrianR » 24 Mar 2016, 21:35

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A few days ago there was a pair of Pochard on Oban Trumisgarry. Quite a scarce visitor nowadays and it is possible that birds passing through here in the spring are returning to Iceland to breed (although the population there is said to be quite small).

Some other signs of spring have been a 'trilling' Water Rail in the marsh here at Carinish on several mornings and my first Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year today at Loch Sandary. Arriving Meadow Pipits are fairly well scattered but not that many yet and departing Redwings also appear to be in low numbers (single figures at a few places apart from one flock of about 25).

At Balranald NR/nearby the Gyrfalcon has put in an appearance on several days much to the delight of a small number of visiting birders. Also in the area have been a couple of Glaucous Gulls (in quite different stages of moult with one being very faded) and a Jack Snipe got up from my feet at Aird an Rùnair today. Not often reported after mid-March but there are a handful of records in April/May.

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