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Always Birding
200+ Sanderling were on the beach at Askernish today with at least 6 colour ringed birds amongst them. Unfortunately they were very flightly due to the presence of a female Merlin but I did manage to read the combinations on 2 birds. A Chiffchaff and at least 5 Willow Warblers were in and around the township

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The first bird was as expected ringed in Iceland in 2013 (see below) but the second bird was ringed by a Spanish scheme and awaiting details

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News from yesterday Digger Jackson undertaking a bird survey for proposed spaceport at Scolpaig, North Uist recorded a Ring Ouzel.

At Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning there were over 300 Dunlin (at least one nominate alpina amongst the schinzii), 26 Whimbrel, a Great Skua flew N, at least seven White Wagtails were present and of the Wheatears present most were probably Greenland.

A ♂ Ruff was at nearby Loch nam Feithean while a Jackdaw was near Bayhead (first seen at Aird an Runair on 10th April).