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Local Rarity 4th December 2017


Senior Member
A quiet day on Barra. The usual wintering flock of long-tailed ducks off Craigston were showing well this afternoon; numbers seem to be fairly constant lately at around 145, certainly an increase on the previous 2 winters. The coal tit that first arrived on the island in October has spent the past few weeks in gardens at Nasg where it has been joined by a 2nd individual. Both birds are busy caching food so it looks unlikely that they're planning on going anywhere in the near future!



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Nothing much to add to observations above made in the Rubh Arnal area today. Plenty of finches around including over 20 Linnets and at least 13 Goldfinches. It is not that long ago that Linnets were almost exclusively summer visitors to the Outer Hebrides.
_DSC1356.JPG One of the Iceland Gulls.


Always Birding
80+ Redshank were roosting on the Howmore River this morning and a leucistic Common Gull was at Peninerine. A flock of 40+ Goldfinch Was at Rubh’ Aird-mhicheil and 20+ Goldeneye were on West Loch Ollay. 200+ Twite were on Bornish machair and a juvenile White-tailed Eagle was at Loch Ardvule.

A coot was still present at Eilean nan Ramh. A Little Egret flew west over Daliburgh this morning and was at Loch Liana Moire, Frobost in the late afternoon. A sub adult White-tailed Eagle was also present at Frobost eyeing up an injured Greylag

Buzzard by the fire-side??