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Post by Bruce » 01 Apr 2016, 20:45

Ian Ricketts found a white-billed diver off of Eoligarry jetty on 29th. It was still present on 30th though it remained rather distant. Todays bad weather grounded 34 Greenland white-fronts together with 3 pink-footed geese at Eoligarry plus another 16 Greenland white-fronts at Borve. On 28th 40 pink-footed geese flew north over Brevig early in the morning. Whooper swan migration is continuing with 18 heading north-west over Brevig after the rain cleared this evening and a flock of 45 north-west through the Sound of Barra yesterday afternoon. There's been a couple of glaucous gulls around Craigston and Allasdale during the week plus a juvenile Iceland gull on Loch Tangasdale on 26th and a smart adult bird there today.
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Post by Bruce » 02 Apr 2016, 20:52

The white-billed diver was off Eoligarry jetty again today though still somewhat distant. Yesterdays white-fronted geese appear to have departed but 45 brent geese at Traigh Mhor were new in. Also new today: a migrant woodpigeon at Glen and 2 rooks at Brevig.

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Post by Bruce » 10 Apr 2016, 19:14

Migration seems to have moved up a gear in the past couple of days. Yesterday I counted c400 barnacle geese heading north west over Barra and Vatersay plus 100 pink-footed geese and 61 whooper swans. Today around 600 pink-feet flew over Barra by early afternoon, while a flock of 25 whoopers were resting on the sea off of Earsary. There's been a steady trickle of chiffchaffs passing though in recent days including a group of 4 in the wind blown conifers at Cuithir yesterday. Today I saw my first willow warbler and swallow of the year at Eoligarry. The American herring gull was at Garrygall again briefly yesterday afternoon but it was absent when I checked the area today.

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Post by Bruce » 14 Apr 2016, 19:55

The white-billed diver was feeding close inshore by Eoligarry jetty yesterday and was reported again today. The American herring gull was showing well on its usual rock at Garrygall yesterday afternoon, then today was back at Craigston. A couple of sandwich terns have been in the Eoligarry/Traigh Mhor area for the past week and seem quite settled. 225 barnacle geese flew NW over Eoligarry this morning and a further 350+ were visible out on Fiaraidh. 10 pink-footed geese were on the machair at Eoligarry and 5 were with the greylags at Borve.
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Post by YvonneB » 20 Apr 2016, 14:54

Thanks for the info Bruce, it's great to be receiving updates from Barra!

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