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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again late morning. 47 Barnacle Geese and 90 Twite were also in the area

Malacleit, North Uist
A ***Cackling Goose*** a *Snow Goose* and a single Pink-footed Goose were seen there this morning

Carinish, North Uist
A Chiffchaff was visiting a garden there

Balavanich, Benbecula
A Common Scoter was seen offshore today

Rubh' Aird-mhicheil, South Uist
A juvenile *Surf Scoter* was offshore and a Little Egret was nearby on West Loch Ollay

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:35-10:50
Weather: Wind NE f1, 0/8 cloud, Temp 1-2c

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 12 Eider (N), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (N), 7 Red-throated Divers (5S 2N), 1 Gannet (N), 10 Shag (2S 8N), and 2 Cormorants (S),
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 12, Wigeon 9, Mallard 62, Teal 56, Tufted Duck 19, Long-tailed Duck 12, Great Northern Diver 3, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 12, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 23, Curlew 9, Bar-tailed Godwit 16, Snipe 5, Redshank 13, Hooded Crow 25, Raven 6, Pied Wagtail 1, Rock Pipit 2, Twite 100, and Snow Bunting 1

Chris Johnson

Senior Member
A morning count, as soon as light-levels allowed, on a falling high tide from Ardivachar beach to the first range.
Bar-tailed godwits, c750, Sanderlings c1400, redshanks 23.

Same area mid- to late-afternoon.
Similar numbers of bar-tailed godwits and sanderlings spread over a large area. 350+ ringed plovers, 220+ purple sandpipers (this winter resident population needs a rising tide to disturb them of the rocks to get a feel of numbers).

Machair: 500+ twites, 80 goldfinches.

West Loch bee: 16 white-fronted geese (I’m pretty sure there were a lot more but difficult to establish with certainty).

Loch Bee causeway: 31 whooper swans (11 adults, 20 juveniles), c700 wigeon.