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TITLE
Bonksies and Arctic Skua, Lewis
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_PETERCUNNINGHAM_03
PLACENAME
Gress
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Stornoway
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Peter Cunningham
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2152
KEYWORDS
ornithology
Outer Hebrides
audio

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In this audio extract, Hebridean ornithologist Peter Cunningham talks about bonksies and Arctic skua on Gress Moor, on the eastern side of Lewis. (A bonksie is another name for a great skua).

Anyway, as we were saying about the Arctic skuas, it is interesting, as you say, to see that the both phases exits side by side and mate together as well, dark and light phase together.

Interviewer: Is this about the only place in Lewis where you'd get a mixed colony of bonksies and Arctic skuas?

Yes, I would think perhaps it's the only place in the Hebrides where you would get the two nesting together, and they have been nesting here for many, many years. Nobody really knows when they were first, when they first colonised this part of the island. Bonksies in particular are a mystery. Dr. Campbell was the first to bring them to light thirty odd years ago and they've nested here only in the Hebrides until recently. But now they've been discovered; a pair has been discovered in the island, an island south of Barra, and they also have bred on North Rona and St. Kilda

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Bonksies and Arctic Skua, Lewis

ROSS: Stornoway

1980s; 1990s

ornithology; Outer Hebrides; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Bird Watching

In this audio extract, Hebridean ornithologist Peter Cunningham talks about bonksies and Arctic skua on Gress Moor, on the eastern side of Lewis. (A bonksie is another name for a great skua).<br /> <br /> Anyway, as we were saying about the Arctic skuas, it is interesting, as you say, to see that the both phases exits side by side and mate together as well, dark and light phase together. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Is this about the only place in Lewis where you'd get a mixed colony of bonksies and Arctic skuas?<br /> <br /> Yes, I would think perhaps it's the only place in the Hebrides where you would get the two nesting together, and they have been nesting here for many, many years. Nobody really knows when they were first, when they first colonised this part of the island. Bonksies in particular are a mystery. Dr. Campbell was the first to bring them to light thirty odd years ago and they've nested here only in the Hebrides until recently. But now they've been discovered; a pair has been discovered in the island, an island south of Barra, and they also have bred on North Rona and St. Kilda