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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Water Rail

 

Hebrides bird sightings - Water Rail

Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus

Gaelic: Snagan Alt

 

Photograph © Peter C Shearer
Aignish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
13th July, 2007.

"Thought you might be interested in this sighting of a Water Rail and chick on a loch in Aignish....Heard it yesterday and got some photos today. Not great photos but enlarged show both adult and chick."

 

  • Water Rail
  • Rallus aquaticus
  • Gaelic: Snagan Alt
  • UK: AMBER LIST . 700-1,400 pairs breeding (RSPB)
  • WI: Rare resident or migrant breeder (1-9 breeding records), Scarce passage and winter visitor (Very small numbers each year)
  • Breeding: Covered nest on ground in dry patch of marshy vegetation. Marshes, Reedbed. lays 6-12 creamy-grey-spotted eggs. Europe, Asia
  • Wintering: Populations in North & East Europe migratory & join resident birds in West & South Europe in winter
  • Large, narrow, long-legged and crake-like. Long, red bill. Short, rounded wings. Slate-grey face, throat & belly. Flanks black & white 'striped' . Tail often held cocked like wren. White undertail. Long, pink legs trail in flight. Skulker
  • Listen to a Water Rail (RSPB site) Squealing, grunting, purring
  • Similar birds: Moorhen, Spotted Crake

 

Water Rail records in the Western Isles

Rare resident or migrant breeder (1-9 breeding records), Scarce passage and winter visitor (Very small numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Water Rail is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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