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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Knockintorran, North Uist
A ***Cackiling Goose*** was seen there in the afternoon. A Snow Bunting was also there

Ardmore, South Uist
The juvenile ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10-10:20
Weather: Wind N-NNE f4. Cloud at first, sunny later

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Shoveler [males] (N), 3 Long-tailed Ducks (1S 2N), 4 Red-throated Divers (1S 3N), 9 Gannets (3S 6N), 9 Shag (N), 15 Raven(N),and 6 Snow Buntings (N).
Also present in the area were Barnacle Goose 3, Greylag Goose 36, Wigeon 14, Mallard 75, Tufted Duck 25, Goldeneye [female] 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 11, White-tailed Eagle 7, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 27, Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Turnstone 14, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 13, Skylark 4, Pied Wagtail 1, Twite 22
 
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