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Outer Hebrides Bird Report 2008-2010

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Outer Hebrides Bird Report 2008-2010

Post by BrianR » 05 Sep 2013, 16:48

At long last the Outer Hebrides Bird Report covering 3 years has been published. I had relinquished the role of editor and another stepped in to take over but then quickly stepped down. Sometime later I resumed responsibility and with Ian who compiled the Ringing Report this is the result. Please let me have any comments or if you notice any errors or omissions. With 184 pages and 8 pages of colour plates the report covers new species to be recorded - Stilt Sandpiper (after departing here was seen on the Isle of Man and in Cumbria), Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Bee-eater, Brown Shrike, Iberian Chiffchaff, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, two Hermit Thrushes, Pechora Pipit, Trumpeter Finch and Blackburnian Warbler. Also there were first records for Hudsonian Whimbrel and Siberian Stonechat (both only recently accorded full species status by the relevant committee) and a Black Tern of the North American race (over a month later than any of the handful of other British and Irish records). Some other interesting sightings included the first record for Britain of three Blue-winged Teal together, a colour-ringed Black Stork (also seen in Highland, Skye and Shetland and was ringed in Hungary in 2007), the first Nightjar since the early 1970s while we continued to be the most reliable place in Britain for birders hoping to connect with a Snowy Owl.

Work is already underway on a 2011-2013 report and this should be out in the summer. With such a small print run we will make a loss on this report but with sales and the residue of past grants there should be sufficient funds for the 2011-2013 report.

As I've mentioned before it would help greatly in record collection if observations were entered on BirdTrack (http://www.bto.org).

The report is available from MacGillivrays (shortly from Taigh Chearsabhagh and the Claddach Kirkibost Centre) or from me at 6 Carinish, Isle of North Uist HS6 5HL (£8 or £10 if posted).

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Re: Outer Hebrides Bird Report 2008-2010

Post by Curracag Admin » 27 Nov 2013, 11:56

Once again a great publication. Thank you Brian for all your hard work!

Available from: Brian Rabbits, 6 Carinish, Isle of North Uist HS6 5HL or email admin@curracag-wildlifenews.org.uk

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