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Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted: 06 Oct 2016, 19:55
by Bill
Good to watch a yellow-browed Warbler in the garden in Askernish today, but the real surprise was a Blue Tit.
Bill

Re: Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted: 06 Oct 2016, 23:08
by BrianR
Bill, as you know, a Blue Tit on the Uists much more unusual. There would appear to have been quite an arrival of Yellow-browed. Yesterday there was one calling in Peggy's garden at Claddach-vallay (very windy and did not get a view of it) while today one called in Lorna's garden in Lochmaddy and I finally got to see one (not calling) later in the morning in a Clachan-a-Luib garden.

Re: Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted: 08 Oct 2016, 21:24
by BrianR
Yellow-browed Warblers continue to arrive with five being seen on South Uist today, two on North Uist and one on Lewis. Other warblers on North Uist in the last couple of days have included Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. As far as I know the best years for Yellow-browed (I don't have knowledge of totals for 2014 and 2015) came in 2006 (a minimum of 33) and 2013 (at least 49).

Re: Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted: 10 Oct 2016, 20:30
by Bruce
Here on Barra there have also been good numbers of yellow-brows in recent days. Yesterday and today numbers were at least in the high 20s. With the wind forecast to swing to more of a straight easterly in the coming days there's every likelihood that their numbers will increase further. Also on Barra today, a little bunting was trapped and ringed at Brevig and the juvenile American golden plover was still at Allasdale.
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Re: Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted: 11 Oct 2016, 21:57
by BrianR
Another couple of records of Yellow-browed on North Uist to add to the list. Yesterday one was calling in a Lochmaddy garden and today good views of one in Peggy's garden at Claddach-vallay. Opposite the garden there was a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper.

At one time Yellow-browed Warblers appearing in Britain were considered to be vagrants - a result of reverse migration. With ever increasing numbers arriving on our shores since the mid-1980s the evidence now suggests just migration with some of the Ural population moving west (and then south) to new wintering areas.