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News from Tony Marr at Ness

Lapland Buntings at The Butt

After yesterday’s flock of 4 in the morning near the lighthouse, this morning saw a further arrival. At (08.45) a flock of 45 came in over our heads along the cliffs, about a quarter of a mile SW of the lighthouse, appearing to arrive from the sea, and flew on SE down the island. At (09.30) a further flock of 10 passed over near the lighthouse.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 18th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A 1CY *Mediterranean Gull* and a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper were both seen from the hide this evening [see post below]

Ardroil, Isle of Lewis
A *Common Rosefinch* was seen there early afternoon

Scarista, Isle of Harris
A Little Egret was seen there this morning

Balgarva, South Uist
A **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen briefly on the pools this morning

Stoneybridge South Uist
A Lapland Bunting was there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:00 - 09:45
Weather: Wind N veering NNE F2, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 11C

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Red-throated Divers (N), 11 Great Northern Divers (10S 1N), 131 Gannets (124S 7N), 2 Shag (S), 6 Cormorants (4S 2N), 3 Kittiwakes (2S 1N), 2 Razorbills (S) and 4 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 1, Common Buzzard 1, Peregrine 1, Meadow Pipit 2 and Rock Pipit 2

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Mediterranean Gull with Common Gul & Pectoral Sandpiper, (C) and courtesy of Tony Marr
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At Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning there were 164 Black-tailed Godwits on the stubble on the headland. Possibly more than this were present in the area as several sightings of smaller flocks in flight later. One was found dead - a bird-of-prey kill. The main flock were very flighty and accompanying them was a smaller wader that proved difficult to pin down. After a while it separated from the godwits and came closer before disappearing to the S. Views and distinctive krrrt calls revealed the bird to have been a Pectoral Sandpiper.

The previous day I made a brief visit to Loch Sandary, North Uist in the rain when a small wader flew over to the causeway. Although views through the 'scope at long range and amongst the vegetation the bird looked very much like a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Weather conditions precluded a thorough search. A visit today in the late morning revealed two Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit and then loosly connected to a Golden Plover flock in a field on the S side of the loch the Buff-breast. I was hoping to get some photos but with shooting/goose scaring activities in the area the plovers were very flighty and soon vacated the area.



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News from Tony Marr at Ness

After this morning’s arrival of 55 Lapland Buntings over the Butt, the day continued in a most satisfactory way. The highlights were as follows:
Golden Plover – 200 on the Lionel-Eoropie machair
Short-eared Owl – one by road down to Swainbost Beach
Twite – 125 on overhead wires by Lionel School
Tree Sparrow3 in Port of Ness
Whinchat - one there
Carrion Crow – one at Swainbost Beach
Pectoral Sandpiper one with Common Snipe and 3 Ruff by Loch Stiapabhat, in front of the hide
Mediterranean Gull – a 1st-winter with Common & Black-headed Gulls in front of the hide (only my second here)