Tuesday 7 November 2023

Monday 6 November

 Quieter day here with sightings but the rain showers were particularly ferocious! Despite this there was still plenty of activity!  At Octofad-Nerebus there is spilt grain on the road at various spots, attracting a variety of corvids and finch. On my school run past Ellister woods there were 3 separate peregrine, one sparrow hawk and nearer Octofad, a male hen harrier. At Claddach, 2 chough have been reliably feeding above the high tide line on the beach every day, sometimes joined by 3 more.  Then up by the old wave power near the spring, 11 curlew.

Down by the village I noted a passage of whooper swan, only small. One adult and a juvenile, later a larger group of 6.  There has been small groups in flight overhead throughout last week.

Elsewhere on the island, Gary reported a crossbill in the woods by Finlaggan turn off, then a large mixed finch flock at the cattle feeding station nearby mainly chaffinch but also 2 brambling and reed bunting.

David D had a black cap on the Oa.

Finally Mike as sent in is daily report: I managed a dry walk at Machir Bay first thing. Three White-tailed Eagles in the air riding the wind most of the time with 1 performing some impressive barrel roles to avoid the mobbing Buzzards. Also a Golden Eagle briefly and 59 Ringed Plover and 44 Curlew on the beach, both good totals here. The only other birds of note were a Hen Harrier at Cluanach and the Glaucous Gull, today at Carnain.

What a sighting! thanks as always to all.

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