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Old Thursday 4th February 2010, 22:36   #1
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Birding on the uists/harris/lewis

Im going to the outer hebs for the last week in may, has anyone got any info on good birding spots on the outer hebs

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Old Thursday 4th February 2010, 22:49   #2
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Hi Steve

Have a look at the Opus articles here - they'll give you a start. I'm sure there'll be others along soon with some more info for you.

Do you know which islands you're planning to visit yet?

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Old Thursday 4th February 2010, 23:40   #3
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hi delia
thanks for replying, i intend to stay on north uist traveling to south uist and harris/lewis for day trips. ive already booked the holiday and have a rough idea where to go for birds, but as you know theres always hiding treasures out there which others know about.
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Hi Steve

Have a look at the Opus articles here - they'll give you a start. I'm sure there'll be others along soon with some more info for you.

Do you know which islands you're planning to visit yet?

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just had a quick look at the opus article, very useful info i'll have a good read of this tomorrow.
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Hi Steve have looked at the Opus site, very good. We were Western sles last year. Just wondering if you could answer me, on the opus site there is in the information Permit is Required to enter the reserve, Do you know what reserve this is. Didn,t see any notices for permits last year. We are go again this year. Great birding all over.
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Hi Seamor

Agree that's a bit confusing and looks like a slight edit is required.

It's the reserve at Loch Druidibeag that requires the permit (at least it did when the original article was written - if anyone knows differently can you let us know).

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BTW You'll find lots of useful information and links in this thread.

Unfortunately I was unable to do a trip report - but it was wonderful.

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BTW You'll find lots of useful information and links in this thread.

Unfortunately I was unable to do a trip report - but it was wonderful.

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hi delia
some cracking trip reports in that thread, cant wait to get there now!
just one question though, does anyone know where the best site is for red necked phal. you can pm me if you wish.

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I am there w/c 22 May. If this is same week could share daily sightings if you want. PM me if so and I'll let you have m mobile number.

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Hi Steve, When we were at Loch Druidibag last year second and third week in May, the gate was open and we just drove through the reserve, there were several other cars doing the same
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We stayed a few nights here (it was too windy for tents )

Absolutely loved it.

Berneray is a beautiful island, try and fit it in if you can.

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I am there w/c 22 May. If this is same week could share daily sightings if you want. PM me if so and I'll let you have m mobile number.

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thats a good idea, i'll pm you now with mobile. I'll be arriving on north uist
24th may, so will be there the same week.
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Hi Steve, When we were at Loch Druidibag last year second and third week in May, the gate was open and we just drove through the reserve, there were several other cars doing the same
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We stayed a few nights here (it was too windy for tents )

Absolutely loved it.

Berneray is a beautiful island, try and fit it in if you can.

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hi delia
i'll be staying at moorcroft (carinish, n uist) with my we caravan, they dont have a website as yet but on my return i'll make a trip report on the site and my findings! thanks once again for your useful input
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The causeway just east of Stornoway airport is great for Divers.
Loidse Ghriaise, north of Stornoway for Skuas.
Stornoway harbour for gulls.
Port Nis near Butt of Lewis for White Billed Diver.
Butt of Lewis great for seabirds and migrants.
Anywhere on Harris for Golden and White Tailed Eagles.
Luskentyre for Black Guillemot.
Sielebost for stunning scenery.
Ferry to North Uist for Divers, Long Tailed Duck.
The old quarry in front of the junction of the B893 (from the ferry)and A865 for Eagles.
Commerce road for Hen Harrier, Eagles, Merlin, Short Eared owl
Road from Clachn a Luib to Lochmaddy for divers
Grenitote for Snowy Owl
Balranald for Twite, Corn Bunting, Corncrake and seawatching for Skuas
Clachan a Luib for waders
Small Lochans near Turlum for Phalarope
Stinky Bay for waders
Benbecula rubbish dump for Peregrine, Ravens, Gulls
Lochs behind Ruabhal for divers, and Short Eared Owl
Peters Port for divers
Causeway between Creagorry and Ardmore for waders
Military range for Merlin
Rubha Aird a Muile for seawatching
Plantaion on the way to Loch Sgioport for warblers.
Causeway to Eriskay for Otters

Now you are asking yourselves how a man living in Extremadura knows a few places on the Western Isles. Well, my sister has lived there for donkeys years, and i also came within a whisker of buying a place there too, so ive been there rather more than a few times.
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The causeway just east of Stornoway airport is great for Divers.
Loidse Ghriaise, north of Stornoway for Skuas.
Stornoway harbour for gulls.
Port Nis near Butt of Lewis for White Billed Diver.
Butt of Lewis great for seabirds and migrants.
Anywhere on Harris for Golden and White Tailed Eagles.
Luskentyre for Black Guillemot.
Sielebost for stunning scenery.
Ferry to North Uist for Divers, Long Tailed Duck.
The old quarry in front of the junction of the B893 (from the ferry)and A865 for Eagles.
Commerce road for Hen Harrier, Eagles, Merlin, Short Eared owl
Road from Clachn a Luib to Lochmaddy for divers
Grenitote for Snowy Owl
Balranald for Twite, Corn Bunting, Corncrake and seawatching for Skuas
Clachan a Luib for waders
Small Lochans near Turlum for Phalarope
Stinky Bay for waders
Benbecula rubbish dump for Peregrine, Ravens, Gulls
Lochs behind Ruabhal for divers, and Short Eared Owl
Peters Port for divers
Causeway between Creagorry and Ardmore for waders
Military range for Merlin
Rubha Aird a Muile for seawatching
Plantaion on the way to Loch Sgioport for warblers.
Causeway to Eriskay for Otters

Now you are asking yourselves how a man living in Extremadura knows a few places on the Western Isles. Well, my sister has lived there for donkeys years, and i also came within a whisker of buying a place there too, so ive been there rather more than a few times.
Hi steve
info does'nt come much better than that hats off to you

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Can I add my thanks as well please, visiting same week as Steve.

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