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Local Rarity 15th December 2017


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During a visit to the Rubh' Arnal area, North Uist early this afternoon sightings included five pale-bellied Brent Geese, two Iceland Gulls (one adult - new since I last visited), a leucistic Common Gull, three Pied Wagtails and 21 Corn Buntings. I'm not sure what colour aberration the Common Gull was - leucistic is just used as a blanket term. There was an interesting paper in British Birds some time ago listing the six main aberrant plumage types (106: 17-29).
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