|Golden Eagle, Lewis July 2013.|
There are no Hen Harriers or Shorties on Lewis (unlike the Uists where they are easy to see in the summer months) as there are no voles. The lochs are good for divers though with Black-throats and Red-throats present.
|Lion's Mane (above) and Common Jellyfish (below) in the harbour at Ullapool.|
Plenty of wildlife to see from the ferry on the way out to Lewis from Ullapool including Harbour Porpoise in the sea loch, Arctic and Great Skuas, Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, Puffins and Black Guillemots.
Out in the open seas of the Minch (the strait between NW Scotland and the Outer Hebrides) Minke Whales and Common and Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen.
|Stornoway Harbour, Lewis July 2013.|
|Eagle country, Lewis July 2013.|
|Golden Eagles, Lewis July 2013.|
A post-work visit to the Butt of Lewis at the end of the week was an interesting experience. A short seawatch in the "wrong" conditions (strong south-easterly wind) produced a Sooty Shearwater, a few Stormies and best of all several White-beaked Dolphins. However the Butt at the northern tip of Lewis just stinks of potential, probably best summed up by Uist birder, Steve Duffield on his blog. After listing some mouth-watering rarities including Killdeer, Blue-winged Teal, Gyr, many American waders, Red-rumped Swallow and Alpine Swift he concludes:
"Add to that the success of past visitors with Europe's first Purple Martin; Least Sandpiper wandering around the car park at the Butt; Scotland's highest count of Great Shearwaters; plus the regular early spring gathering of White-billed Divers off Port of Ness / Skigersta you can begin to see what potential this site has. It's just a shame it's at the a**e end of anywhere, unless you like crowd free birding!"
|Machair and beach at Barvas, Lewis August 2013.|