Local Rarity 19th September 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 19th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
4 Leach's Petrels, a juvenile Pomarine Skua, 8 Arctic Skuas, 40+ Bonxies, a Sooty Shearwater and 3 Manx Shearwaters were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry this afternoon

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A Grey Phalarope was seen late this afternoon.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:50 - 09:10
Weather: Wind S F5 easing to F4. 8/8 cloud, very dull with rain throughout watch. Temp 11.5C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Eider (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 7 Great Northern Divers (S), 3 Fulmars (S), 168 Gannets (159S 9N), 1 Shag (N), 3 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 2 Razorbills (S), 1 Black-Guillemot (S) and 10 auk sp (S).
also present in the are were Red-throated Diver 3 [including a flightless adult feeding young] and Snipe 2

Grey Phalarope (C) and courtesy of Micheal Stinson
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Tony Marr at Ness

Butt of Lewis (am)
Pinkfooted Geese En route to the Butt we saw 8 in a field at Knockaird at (07.45). At the lighthouse 11 came in off the sea from N and headed south (09.50). In the evening (18.00) 11 (perhaps the same) flew S over Port of Ness.
Lapland Bunting4 along clifftops west of the lighthouse (09.00)

Loch Stiapabhat LNR
Mediterranean Gull –
seen briefly in late morning in front of the hide
Pectoral Sandpiper – no sign
Ruff – 3

Shawbost Beach (pm)
Carrion Crow –
again one feeding among the cattle and sheep; a very rare bird here and only the second in my decade. Very wary, like the one I saw last spring.

Port of Ness
Whinchat – still present
Sand Martin – one with Barn Swallows