• When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

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MisterT

Always Birding
A colour ringed Redshank seen at Frobost, South Uist on 21-April-2022 was indeed a long-lived bird with quite a remarkable history. It was originally ringed at Kinneil on the Inner Firth of Forth on 17-November-2008, aged at the time as a first calendar year. It was one of a small number of birds that were colour-ringed and radio-tagged to assess the effects of disturbance (through bridge construction) and also artificial light. It has since been seen twice where breeding in Iceland at Kaldaðarnes on 24-June-2013 and again on 23-June-2021. The image below was taken in Iceland in June 2021.

The findings of the study can be found here

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Redshank, Kaldadarnes, Iceland 23-06-2021 (C) John Calladine
 

MisterT

Always Birding
A Colour ringed Oystercatcher seen at Stoneybridge, South Uist on 23-April-2022 was an old friend having been seen here before in September and December 2018. This bird was 1 of 2 chicks ringed in Iceland in June 2018 but unfortunately, they were both given the same colour combination, hence the double entries on the life history.

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MisterT

Always Birding
An Oystercatcher seen at the same time as the Redshank above at Frobost on 21-April-2022 was not quite so old, having been ringed at Sandymount Strand in Dublin Bay on the 02-February-2022.

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
A Goldfinch ringed at Askernish on 19-December-2021 was unfortunately found dead at Leurbost, Lewis on 27-April-2022 after a duartion of 129 days and a distance of 119km (74 miles in old money)

goldfinch - Askernish to Liurbost, Lewis.JPG
 

Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
A juvenile House Sparrow was colour ringed (V44) at Askernish, South Uist on 27-June-2021 and not seen again until it was found dead at Northboisdale, South Uist on 24-April-2022, a duration of 301 days and a distance of 6km. It was unfortunately a victim of avian pox that has affected the sparrows on the islands recently. On the posative front, this has been the only report of an affected bird in April, so hopefully this outbreak is nearly over.

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MisterT

Always Birding
A ringed Shag found dead recently at Kilpheder, South Uist had been ringed as a nestling on Canna on 28-June-2021, a distance of 54km and a duration of 283 days

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
2 colour ringed Dunlins seen at Balranald recently were both heading north having come from different parts of Spain.

The first, seen at Balranald on 30-April-2022 was an adult was ringed on 07-August-2021 in San Fernando (Cadiz) south west Spain. There have been no other sightings.

The second, seen on 1st and 2nd May 2022 was ringed as a first-calander year bird ringed at Arnosa, Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), Spain on 11-September-2020. Aside from a couple of immediate recaptures at the ringing site there have no other sightings.

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
A colour ringed Sanderling seen at Balranald on 26-April through to 04-May-2022 was ringed on 22-May-2016 in south western Iceland. It has been seen at Balranald (and no where else) nine times including 27-April-2018 and 12-May-2019 during the spring and twice during the autumn in September 2018 and October 2020.

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
A Grey Heron ringed as a nestling on 13-May-2018 at Carnan-Ard Wiay, Benbecula wasfound long dead at Liniclate, Benbecula on 04-May-2022, as distance of 8km and a duration of 1452 days. Who knows where it had travelled during its lifetime?
 

MisterT

Always Birding
This colour ringed Oystercatcher seen on 11-May-2022 was originally ringed in January 2020 in Dublin Bay and is no stranger to Askernish where it was found, having been seen there the previous year. This year, it is paired and looks as if it might linger a little longer than time.

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MisterT

Always Birding
The colour ringed Oystercatcher (HVA) seen on Kildonan machair, South Uist on 12-May-2022 was another bird ringed in Dublin Bay in February of this year.

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MisterT

Always Birding
We have been colour ringing Collared Doves here in Askernish for several years now having seen them arrive, sometimes in large numbers, only to be gone the next day only to be left wondering where they go. In that time, there has been just one seen elsewhere and that was a bird (A13) seen in Unst, Shetland in 2018. So, to control a Collared Dove (a bird ringed elsewhere) raised the pulse rate.

This bird was ringed at Brevig, Barra in October 2017. While not the long distance traveller we hoped for, this is the 27th bird found to travel between Barra and Askernish since 2015 which is quite amazing, especially when looking at the species involved.

The list now stands at 7 Greenfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Collared Dove.

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Movements of Collared Doves and A13, photographed at Unst, Shetland
 
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