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Waxwings and some other news.

Posted: 04 Nov 2016, 19:27
by BrianR
Small numbers of Waxwings have been seen on North Uist recently. Up to 12 have been in Lochmaddy and three at Langass.
As far as I know there have been no further sightings since Andrew's of the White-throated Sparrow in Lochmaddy. Some hours have been spent in the garden including most of Wednesday by Mark Pass. Mark is keeping a year list and has travelled extensively in pursuit of rarities. He tells me he has reached 396 which is quite amazing although it has been an exceptional year in the UK.

As usual at this time of the year quite a few Blackcaps pass through. I noticed a ♂ today at Lochmaddy probing into individual flowers of a fuchsia. It did this on several occasions presumably searching for nectar.

Also details of a couple of seawatches carried out by Tony from near the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis: 'on 31st October for 2 hours (09.45-11.45 hours) in a NW wind F2-4 with poor visibility (SW F 6-7 the previous day). All flying W: 8 Sooty Shearwaters, 32 (including one flock of 16) Pomarine Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 57 Kittiwakes and 110 Guillemots/Razorbills.

'On the next day with Tristan we watched from 08.00 to 11.00 hours and the NW wind was now F4-5. Again all birds flying W: 11 Sooty Shearwaters, a single Manx Shearwater, 2 juvenile Pomarine Skuas, a Great Skua, a 'blue' Fulmar, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 single Long-tailed Ducks, 5 Little Auks, 1,750 Guillemots/Razorbills, 875 and 875 Kittiwakes. In addition 11 Whooper Swans came in off the sea and continued S and there were at least 8 Risso's Dolphins present. A Snow Bunting joined us during the watch.'

Re: Waxwings and some other news.

Posted: 09 Nov 2016, 17:33
by BrianR
Waxwings continue to trickle through - on North Uist a couple of days ago there were ten in Lochmaddy and a single at Langass while Bill Allan photographed three in Balivanich.