Birds seen during the western isles holidays 2004, 2009 and 2013

A red deer hind silhouetted in the evening light on North Uist

A red deer hind silhouetted in the evening light on North Uist

 

Short-eared owls were in abundance inn the Outer Hebrides. We saw this one almost daily.

Short-eared owls were in abundance inn the Outer Hebrides. We saw this one almost daily.

 

Sunset on North Uist, as seen from our holiday cottage

Sunset on North Uist, as seen from our holiday cottage

We have holidayed three times on North Uist, during which time we have always visited all the islands on that part of the Outer Hebrides that are accessible by causeway. The birdlife in May and June is just amazing, with many of the species nesting and some still putting on condition to head off further north to begin a slightly later breeding season. Below is a list of birds seen on these three week-long visits. On the latest visits in May this year the number of species seen is slightly higher since my daughter and son-in-law accompanied my wife and I.

 

Birds seen on North and South Uist, Baile Sear, Benbecula, Eriskay and Berneray in early June 2004  (63 species)

Blackbird

Bunting, corn bunting

Chaffinch

Coot

Cormorant

Corncrake (heard less often and not seen in 2008)

Cuckoo

Diver, black-throated diver

Diver, red throated diver

Dove, collared

Dove, rock

Duck, eider

Duck, tufted

Dunlin

Eagle, golden

Eagle, white tailed eagle

Fulmar

Gannet

Goldeneye

Goose, greylag

Grebe, little

Grey wagtail

Guillemot

Guilllemot, black

Gull, common

Gull, great black-backed

Gull, herring

Gull, lesser black-backed

Harrier, hen

Heron

Kittiwake

Lapwing

Martin, sand

Merlin

Oystercatcher

Phalarope, red-necked

Pipit, meadow

Plover, ringed

Pochard

Raven

Razorbill

Redshank

Robin

Sandpiper, common

Shag

Shelduck

Skylark

Snipe

Sparrow, house

Starling

Stonechat

Swallow

Swan, mute

Teal

Tern, Arctic

Tern, common

Thrush, song

Twite

Wagtail, pied

Warbler, willow

Wheatear

Whimbrel

Wren                               

Birds seen on North and South Uist, Baile Sear, Benbecula, Eriskay and Berneray in late May, 2008  (57 species)

Blackbird

Buzzard

Chaffinch

Cormorant

Corncrake (only heard – not seen)

Crow, hooded

Diver, black-throated diver

Dove, collared

Dove, rock

Duck, eider

Duck, mallard

Duck, tufted

Dunlin

Fulmar

Gannet

Garganey

Goosander

Goose, greylag

Guilllemot, black

Gull, black-headed

Gull, common

Gull, great black-backed

Gull, herring

Gull, lesser black-backed

Harrier, hen

Heron

Lapwing

Martin, sand

Merganser, red-breasted

Moorhen

Owl, short-eared

Oystercatcher

Pheasant (surprising, but only a single cock pheasant!)

Pipit, meadow

Plover, ringed

Raven

Redshank

Sanderling

Sandpiper, common

Shag

Shelduck

Shoveler

Skua, Arctic (light phase)

Skua, Actic (dark phase)

Skylark

Sparrow, house

Starling

Swallow

Swan, mute

Tern, Arctic

Tern, common

Thrush, song

Turnstone

Twite

Wagtail, pied

Wheatear

Widgeon

Birds seen on North and South Uist, Baile Sear, Benbecula, Eriskay and Berneray in late May, 2013  (80 species)

Auk, little

Blackbird

Bunting, corn

Bunting, reed

Buzzard

Chaffinch

Cormorant

Corncrake (only heard – not seen)

Crow, hooded

Curlew

Diver, great northern

Diver, red-throated

Diver, yellow-billed

Dove, collared

Dove, rock

Duck, eider

Duck, mallard

Duck, tufted

Dunlin

Eagle, golden

Fulmar

Gannet

Godwit, bar-tailed

Goldeneye

Goldfinch

Goose, Canada

Goose, greylag

Greenfinch

Greenshank

Guillemot

Gull, black-headed

Gull, common

Gull, great black-backed

Gull, herring

Gull, lesser black-backed

Harrier, hen

Heron

Kestrel

Knot

Lapwing

Linnet

Martin, house

Merganser, red-breasted

Owl, short-eared

Oystercatcher

Peregrine

Pigeon, feral

Pigeon, wood

Pipit, meadow

Pipit, rock

Plover, golden

Plover, ringed

Raven

Razorbill

Redshank

Robin

Sanderling

Sandpiper, common

Shag

Shelduck

Shoveler

Skua, Arctic (dark phase)

Skua, long-tailed

Skua, pomerine

Skylark

Snipe

Sparrow, house

Starling

Swallow

Swan, mute

Swan, whooper

Tern, Arctic

Thrush, song

Turnstone

Twite

Wagtail, pied

Warbler, willow

Wheatear

Whimbrel

Wren

 

 

 

 

 

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