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Hawfinch and Green Sandpiper

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Hawfinch and Green Sandpiper

Post by BrianR » 29 Mar 2016, 21:03

Hawfinch in Lionel (ii).jpeg
Hawfinch - Sallie Avis
Ness news: Tony was told by Sallie and Peter Avis that a ♂ Hawfinch was feeding at their Lionel birdtable yesterday afternoon. Although it stayed for over 3 hours Tony couldn't get there until a quarter of an hour after it was last seen. Sallie got some photos one of which is attached. I think this is our first spring bird in March - there are some April records with the earliest on 7th.

Also yesterday there were a couple of Snow Buntings at the Butt of Lewis, still 80 Barnacle Geese by Loch Stiapavat while on the previous day a 1st-winter Iceland Gull flew past Port of Ness at midday and in the evening six Whooper Swans left Loch Stiapavat with much trumpeting and headed off NW until lost to sight over Europie.

On North Uist today Tim Dix saw a Green Sandpiper at the North Ford. This species is not recorded every year by any means and as for the Hawfinch I think this will be our first record in March.

In the afternoon Al McNee had good views of the Gyrfalcon again - still in the Hougharry area. A skein of at least 170 unidentified geese (possibly Greenland White-fronts) passed N over Carinish in the afternoon. I was in the house and by time I rushed outside they were going away rapidly.

Whooper Swans were on the move yesterday over Bayhead when René saw a herd of 32 in the morning and 23 in the early evening.

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Re: Hawfinch and Green Sandpiper

Post by BrianR » 04 May 2016, 09:39

Following the ♂ Hawfinch Iain Macleod saw another on Lewis - this time a ♀ and also at a garden feeder - at Balallan on Saturday and Sunday last.

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