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Some migration news from Ness and North Uist in last few days

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Some migration news from Ness and North Uist in last few days

Post by BrianR » 22 Apr 2016, 17:11

News from Tony for Ness: on the 20th several small flocks of Pink-footed Geese arrived from SE during the day, only one flock of 45 continued on out to NW while flocks of 75, 60 and 25 landed on the machair below the cemetery at Europie. Three Whimbrel flew NW while at the Butt of Lewis there was a Snow Bunting and a Chiffchaff (the last inside the lighthouse compound). On the following day wildfowl and waders were arriving throughout the morning with many leaving to NW (most of the activity was between Loch Stiapavat and Europie). A flock of 70 Pink-feet headed NW from Europie while arriving birds brought the total up to 350 on the ground (at 14.15 hours the last flock - 220 - took off and headed NW). A pair of Shoveler were the first of the spring, a flock of 18 Black-tailed Godwits flew NW, an estimate of 1,200 Golden Plover was the highest so far this spring and a flock of 25 Redshank arrived.

While from North Uist small flocks of Barnacle Geese passed through (largest 63), there was a flock of 84 pale-bellied Brent Geese at Tràigh nam Faoghailean on one day while all other geese passing/arriving were only in small numbers (ten or under) - Icelandic Greylags, Greenland White-fronts and Pink-feet. A ♀ Scaup was on Loch na Reivil. About 85 Black-tailed Godwits passed through - some flying N and the largest flock was 29 by Loch Grogary. Some other waders include 110 Redshank at Bayhead and a flock of ten Whimbrel at Balranald NR. Also here have been small numbers of Wheatears (most appeared to be leucorhoa), double-figures on any one day for White Wagtails, and a few Swallows and Sand Martins. It has not been suitable conditions to bring any skuas close in offshore but a few have flown N (total of Great Skuas now stands at 44). Lastly a faded 1st-winter Glaucous Gull is still around.
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Glaucous Gull
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Swallow and Sand Martin
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White Wagtail

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Re: Some migration news from Ness and North Uist in last few days

Post by BrianR » 23 Apr 2016, 21:46

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White Wagtail
From Tony for yesterday: 70 Pink-footed Geese on Loch Stiapavat, 1,000 Golden Plover on the machair, ten Whimbrel at the Butt of Lewis and the first White Wagtails for the spring here (four near the lighthouse). Today Golden Plover numbers had reduced by several hundred by the afternoon and a ♂ Blackcap (also first for the spring) was in a Five Penny garden.

This morning during a visit to Baleshare there were 24 Black-tailed Godwits by Loch na Pàisg while on the beach or nearby were a couple of Whimbrel, a few Greenland Wheatears and some ten White Wagtails.
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Greenland Wheatear

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