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by Stuart Taylor
24 Oct 2016, 14:33
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Waxwings at Port of Ness
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: Waxwings at Port of Ness

This morning I got brief although good views of a bird in the garden opposite Gerts house at Clachan, North Uist.Seen in silohette but I could still see the diagnostic crest sticking up on the head.
by Stuart Taylor
16 Jul 2016, 15:26
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Shrike at Luskintyre?!
Replies: 1
Views: 450

Re: Shrike at Luskintyre?!

Further information seeped out slowly afterwards revealed that it was probably a Wheatear of course. However I put the previous message out just incase we were missing a Lesser grey Shrike.
by Stuart Taylor
13 Jul 2016, 12:50
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Shrike at Luskintyre?!
Replies: 1
Views: 450

Shrike at Luskintyre?!

I was talking to a chap yesterday, who had just come down from Harris and is convinced that he had seen a Great Grey Shrike on a fenceline near some dunes and a cemetery in the Luskintyre area. I told him it was highly unlikely and had he checked the books for other species such as Lesser Grey Shrik...
by Stuart Taylor
02 Jul 2016, 08:02
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Colour-ringed Ringed Plover and Redshank
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Colour-ringed Ringed Plover and Redshank

How long does it usually take to track down a bird? I found a multi-ringed, tagged sanderling at Balranald a couple of months ago but have not heard anything yet, despite putting it on the BTO website. Just wondered.
by Stuart Taylor
27 May 2016, 16:16
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Black Kite on Benbecula
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Black Kite on Benbecula

I was told about this bird but at the time the observers insisted that it was a Marsh Harrier, despite me telling them how rare they are here. They said it was feeding on a dead lamb which I'd never put down to MH behavior so I thought they had mid identified a Buzzard. Wish they had shown me the pi...
by Stuart Taylor
23 May 2016, 19:08
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Black-billed Cuckoo on North Uist
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Re: Black-billed Cuckoo on North Uist

The bird seems to be getting more mobile. When I went passed in the afternoon the little crowd of birders were watching it in one of the gardens by Loch Sandary. Some guys had come from Southampton and were going back to work there tomorrow!!
by Stuart Taylor
06 Jan 2016, 17:37
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Iceland Gulls on North Uist recently
Replies: 3
Views: 591

Re: Iceland Gulls on North Uist recently

Whilst talking about Iceland Gulls, I thought I should mention that there is a leucistic Common Gull on Borve machair, Benbecula. It looks a good candidate for Iceland Gull at first glance, but a closer look reveals that it has one or two black spots on the primary tips. It is also Common Gull size.
by Stuart Taylor
14 Nov 2015, 20:14
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Late records of Whimbrel and Wheatear.
Replies: 2
Views: 625

Re: Late records of Whimbrel and Wheatear.

Yet another tardy Summer migrant. A late Wheatear was seen well at Ardvule this morning whilst I was carrying out an early Webs count.
by Stuart Taylor
09 Nov 2015, 16:23
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Late House Martin
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Late House Martin

As I was driving past Neallies in Baiivanich a bird with a white rump appeared over the sea wall and dropped back down on the seaward side. I did a quick about turn and found the bird immediately. I was hoping for a Petrel or some kind of American Swallow, but the bird was most definitely a House Ma...
by Stuart Taylor
19 Oct 2015, 14:04
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Egret.
Replies: 2
Views: 675

Egret.

Any body know what this is? The photograph was taken this morning possibly in the Daliburgh area, and sent to Simon Davies and forwarded to me. Obviously difficult to tell the size, but the feet and bill definatley look all black to me.
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