Westray’s position as an offshore island means that scarce and rare birds quite often stop by especially during the migration times of spring and autumn. Here is a list of unusual birds which have been seen in recent years:
American Wigeon. Green-winged Teal. Smew. Glossy Ibis. Ross’s Gull. White-billed Diver. Black-necked Grebe. Grey Phalarope. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Pectoral Sandpiper. Buff-breasted Sandpiper. White-tailed Eagle. Snowy Owl. Long-eared Owl. Red-backed Shrike. Woodchat Shrike. Barred Warbler. Yellow-browed Warbler. Subalpine Warbler. Siberian Stonechat. Red-flanked Bluetail. Red-breasted Flycatcher. Olive-backed Pipit. Common Rosefinch. Hawfinch. Arctic Redpoll.
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