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Latest sightings for November 2015

male adult Firecrest

twenty three Whoopers on Loch na Keal - Martin Izzard

White tailed
                            eagle and young Sindri Skullason

Tick infested Puffin pix here

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Tiree Sightings: October 2015

Best birds were a juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper at Sorobaidh Bay (2nd) and a juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs at Cornaigmore (21st) and then at Heylipol (24th), although a Jay (1st) that flew in-off in misty conditions at Baugh was the first for the island! Other good birds included a drake American Wigeon at Loch Bhasapol (21st-22nd) and then at Loch a’ Phuill (23rd-31st), a Siberian Chiffchaff at Balephuil (7th), a Lesser Whitethroat at Balephuil (3rd-4th), a Lapland Bunting at Balephetrish (11th), a Ring Ouzel near Loch a’ Phuill (10th), 2 Short-eared Owls (11th and 24th), 3 Grey Wagtails (2nd-13th), 4 White Wagtails (to 31st) and a Mistle Thrush at Carnan Mor (28th).

Commoner migrants included a late Spotted Flycatcher at Balpehuil (7th), 21 Common Redpolls (1st-24th), 18 Chiffchaffs with at least 1 abietinus-type bird (30th), 2 Willow Warblers (to 7th), 20 Blackcaps, 7 Goldcrests, 7 Greenfinches, 5 Dunnocks,15 Wheatears (to 24th), 9 Lesser Redpolls, 4 Siskins, 3 Brambling (6th-21st) and a Snow Bunting at Scarinish (24th). There was a record influx of 150+ Goldfinches, and peaks of 1,000+ Redwings (28th) and 615 Fieldfares (30th). Scarcer waders included 5 Ruff (to 2nd),1 Black-tailed Godwit (to 6th), 2 Grey Plovers and 2 Woodcock (from 11th). 

A westerly gale (22nd) brought 2 Sabine’s Gulls off Aird (22nd), plus 5 Pomarine Skuas, 25 Bonxies, 10 Arctic Skuas, 4 Leach’s Petrels, a Sooty Shearwater and a Grey Phalarope, with 2 more Grey Phalaropes off Vaul (13th), 6 Leach’s Petrel off Hynish (23rd) and 2 late Sooty Shearwaters off Hynish (30th).Scarce wildfowl included 56 Pale-bellied Brent (to 27th), a Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (31st), a Long-tailed Duck off Hynish (22nd), 15 Common Scoter south off Sandaig (24th), 11 Gadwall at Loch a’ Phuill (28th-29th) with 1 at Loch an Eilein (6th) and up to 7 Pintail at Loch a’ Phuill throughout. Heavy Barnacle Goose passage was noted (11th) and Whooper Swan passage was noted off and on all-month with Greenland White-fronts on the move from 26th. There was a record Argyll count of 402 Whooper Swans at Loch a’ Phuill (28th).

Dr John Bowler


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