In the last few years the Hebridean islands have developed something of a reputation for autumn rarities. Barra has had Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Hermit Thrush and of course one of the highlights of 2010 was the Northern Parula on Tiree. Indeed Tiree and its neighbouring island of Coll have attracted numerous rare & scarce birds in the last few autumns. These have included Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Leach’s Petrel, White-tailed Eagle, Pomarine Skua, Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern, American Golden Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Grey Phalarope, Short-toed Lark, Red-backed Shrike, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Booted Warbler, Barred Warbler, Firecrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Bluethroat, Veery, Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Mealy Redpoll, Scarlet Rosefinch, Lapland Bunting, Little Bunting. For a full report of autumn 2010 on Tiree see pages 13-16 of The Eider www.argyllbirdclub.org/pdfs/eider-dec2010.pdf.
“Coll Of The Wild” is running special all inclusive autumn holidays on Coll & Tiree with the emphasis very much on finding rare and scarce migrants. For further details see www.collofthewild.co.uk.