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by christinej
05 Jan 2017, 10:00
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: By-The-Wind Sailors
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: By-The-Wind Sailors

Reports of large numbers of by-the-wind-sailors ( Velella velella ) washed-up on beaches on South uist (Ardivachar), North Uist (Baleshare) and Berneray. Also in Wester Ross and Orkney. If you are not familar with this species there are photographs on the Curracag and OHBR facebook pages (https://ww...
by christinej
13 Sep 2016, 13:39
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: OHBR Species Checklists
Replies: 1
Views: 989

Re: OHBR Species Checklists

We've just up-dated the Systematic Checklist of Moths and Butterflies to include 4 new species caught by John Kemp this summer. An annotated version of the checklist is also now available - designed for moth recorders it provides information about status and flight periods and also indicates where a...
by christinej
26 Jul 2016, 16:24
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: OHBR Species Checklists
Replies: 1
Views: 989

OHBR Species Checklists

OHBR are slowly producing checklists of the insects species most commonly recorded in the islands We began with Hoverflies and have just published a list of the Butterflies and Moths. Copies can be downloaded from the OHBR Website.
by christinej
06 Jul 2016, 18:54
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Butterflies on the Wing
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Re: Butterflies on the Wing

A little further north at Ardivachar we have good numbers of Small Tortoiseshells this year in additionto Painted ladies and Red Admirals. Yet to see any Meadow Browns here, but we've had our first Common Blue for a number of years.
by christinej
11 Oct 2015, 11:54
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Barnacle Geese over North Uist
Replies: 10
Views: 1749

Re: Barnacle Geese over North Uist

Skeins of Barnacle Geese flying low over Ardivachar Point and continuing south. Approximately 550 between 10.00 - 11.00 am, probably a serious underestimate as this was casual counting as they flew past the kitchen window!
by christinej
23 Jul 2015, 10:37
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: OHBR field visit to Berneray
Replies: 0
Views: 819

OHBR field visit to Berneray

Recording on Berneray. Saturday 25 July Meet at 10.30am at NF909813 (community hall). Apologies for the short notice but we needed to be reasonably confident with the weather forecast. Once again we are targeting under-recorded areas and will focus on NF9182 and 9183 Please bring lunch and all the u...
by christinej
16 Jul 2015, 09:25
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: Take the machair floral challenge.
Replies: 0
Views: 729

Take the machair floral challenge.

Sunday 19 July, Bornish Machair, South Uist. Meet at 11:00 on the machair track at NF730298 We've been set the challenge of recording 150 plant species between NF7230 & 7330. So come and join OHBR and the Uist Botany Group; even if your botany is rudimentary you'll make a contribution. Not a botanis...
by christinej
05 Jul 2015, 08:51
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Painted Lady and Red Admiral
Replies: 1
Views: 588

Painted Lady and Red Admiral

There have been Red Admirals, Large Whites and Silver Ys about at Ardivachar for a couple of days, but yesterday we saw the first Painted Lady. In a cold summer the insects have been very scarce so seeing a few butterflies around is also a good sign.
by christinej
17 Jun 2015, 13:20
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: OHBR Spider Workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 784

OHBR Spider Workshop

Saturday 27 June 2015, 2pm Claddach Kirkibost, North Uist Dave Holloway of the Highland Spider Group will be showing us the basics of species identification and how to recognise the common spiders found in the islands. Weather permitting we hope to have sometime spider hunting outdoors. Everyone wel...
by christinej
05 May 2015, 12:59
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Pintail and Whimbrel
Replies: 0
Views: 329

Pintail and Whimbrel

Still plenty of whimbrel on Ardivachar croft and a further 50 counted on the machair.
A pair of pintail on an area of flooded machair on the range (near the near silo to the north of the tower).
Two willow warblers singing at Druidibeg.