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New from yesterday at Stornaway :-
Black Guillemots with the Guillemots, Blackcap, Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler unsure which, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Hebridean Wren.

Outskirts of Stornaway :-
Cormorant
Shag
Greylag,
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Curlew

Trumpan Head area :-
Red-throated Diver (6)
Gannet
Fulmar
Shag
Greylag
Mallard
Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Guillemot
Black Guillemot
Razorbill
Great Skua (two together)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Buzzard
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Stonechat
Curlew
Rock Dove
Hooded Crow
Starling
Snow Bunting

Ferry to Ullapool :-
As we waited for the ferry to sail we saw a juvenile White-tailed Eagle fly in along the coast before it was chased by two Ravens over Stornaway Castle.
Gannet
Fulmar
Storm Petrel
Manx Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Guillemot
Black Guillemot
Cormorant
Shag
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Gull
Pied Wagtail/White Wagtail. One or the other flying over the boat out in open sea
Harbour Porpoise
Common Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin


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Very windy day making birding difficult, especially sea watching at Butt of Lewis, but no rain until late afternoon.
All sightings from Lewis.

Little Grebe (family of three on loch by the standing stones)
Fulmar (Butt of Lewis)
Sooty Shearwater (Butt)
Gannet
Cormorant
Grey Heron
Greylag
Mallard
Buzzard
Ringed Plover
Golden Plover (plenty of these but no American one which left a few days ago with Semipalmated & Pectoral Sandpipers, all three of which would have been lifers. Still no lifers for me this week)
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Sanderling
Turnstone
Curlew
Great Skua (Butt of Lewis)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Gull
Kittiwake
Guillemot (two in Stornoway Harbour)
Rock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Skylark
Swallow (still a few about)
Rock Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Wren (no Hebridean ones)
Robin
Wheatear
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Goldcrest
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
A tit which would be a first for the islands if we could have positively identified it. Either Willow or Marsh but the three of us who saw it flitting about low down near Stornoway Castle could not see all the needed features. The black cap on meant it was one or the other, unless it was an even rarer American vagrant, Blackcap Chickadee. I think that was pushing it too far ! If the bird had called it would have helped. I have never heard of the last one, but someone suggested that. Going back there tomorrow morning hoping to find it again.
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
House Sparrow
Goldfinch

Grey Seals (Stornoway Harbour)



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To finish a long day, with the weather still fine, we checked the Sound of Taransay on Harris. Good job we got the earlier ferry as after it's return to Uig services were suspended due to the strong winds forecast for overnight and tomorrow.

Red-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Slavonian Grebe
Shag
Grey Heron
Greylag
Common Scoter
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Kittiwake

Leaving the boat we saw a couple of Black Guillemots in the harbour



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Good Afternoon

I am considering having a birding holiday on Lewis and Harris, going over on the ferry with the car from Ullapool. Has anyone been here birding and if so could they recommend anywhere to stay and general thoughts on the place. What are the roads like and is Stornaway a good base? General thoughts or experiences would be very welcome.

Many thanks

Mark

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