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Local Rarity 26th October 2021


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Ardivachar, South Uist
A first-winter Little Gull was on the beach then flew south in the direction of the Range.

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Seawatch: 08:05-10:30
Weather: Wind SSW - SW f6-7, 8/8 cloud, dull and murky, rain. Temp 13c
Eider 2 (S), Red-breasted Merganser 4 (S), Red-throated Diver 2 (S), 2 (N), Great Northern Diver 7 (S), 1(N), Leach's Petrel 1 (S), Gannet 142 (S), Shag 2 (S), Cormorant 2 (S), 1 (N), Purple Sandpiper 3 (S), Kittiwake 10 (S), Black-headed Gull 1 (S), Common Gull (8 (S), Razorbill/Guillemot 4 (S)

Also in the area: Whooper Swan 3, Cormorant 12, Snipe 1, Rock Pipit 2

A *Green-winged Teal* was on the island today.