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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th March 2022. Updated throughout the day

North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis
An adult Iceland Gull was on the beach there

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
6 juvenile Iceland Gulls were seen in the inner harbour area today

Bunavoneader, Isle of Harris
An adult Iceland Gull was by the whaling station today

Balranald, North Uist
The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were on the reserve machair this morning

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The ***Cackling Goose*** is still with Barnacles to the south of the loch. 12 Iceland Gulls (including 3 adults) and 2 Glaucous Gulls (1 adult) were nearby at Rubh' Arnal

Balivanich, Benbecula
2 Iceland Gulls (adult + juvenile) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were still on the beach this morning

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The female ***Lesser Scaup*** and the drake Pochard were there again today

Clachan, South Uist
The ringed Little Egret and the Welsh colour-ringed bird were both there again this morning

Loch Bee, South Uist
A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen at the south end of the loch

West Loch Ollay, South Uist
The 2 adult female ***Lesser Scaup*** were seen there again today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:10-11:15
Weather: Wind S f3-4, bright, sunny and dry. Good visibility. Temp 5-6c.
A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (N), 5 Common Scoters (4S 1N), 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 6 Gannets (5S 1N), and 36 Shag (7S 29N).
Also in the area were Greylag Goose 18, Shoveler 5 (3 males 2 females), Wigeon 37, Tufted Duck 2, Eider 23, Long-tailed Duck 5, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 40, White-tailed Eagle 1, Black-tailed Godwit 53, Common Gull 23, Great Black-backed Gull 8, Rock Dove 22, Peregrine 1, and Hooded Crow 12. A Little Egret was nearby at Loch Bornish
Comment:- Little sea movement but signs of spring with arrival of Black-tailed Godwits and Shoveler.