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Treecreeper and Common Rosefinch on North Uist

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Treecreeper and Common Rosefinch on North Uist

Post by BrianR » 18 Oct 2016, 21:03

At Langass yesterday morning there was at least one Treecreeper, a Yellow-browed Warbler and at least four Blackcaps. There has been a Treecreeper recently in nearby Langass Woods. The species is still a fairly unusual autumn visitor to the Uists and Barra but one or two occur most years.

In the afternoon there was a juvenile Common Rosefinch in Lochmaddy. Seen at very close range feeding on blackberries - I came upon it unexpectadly and as so aften happens as I reached for the camera it was away. There must be a lot of Blackcaps on the islands now as there were another four in the few areas visited in Lochmaddy.

At Aird an Rùnair today there was a Long-tailed Duck on Loch a' Roe (first time I have seen this species here), a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on the beach, and single Snow and Lapland Buntings.

A few skeins of Barnacle Geese were over North Uist (largest 40) and there was yet another Yellow-browed Warbler in Carinish this afternoon. An indication of this species change in status is that nowadays one is almost just as likely to come across a Yellow-browed as a Chiffchaff.
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