Local Rarity 9th December 2018

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
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Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 9th December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
A Slavonian Grebe was on the loch today

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
The 4 Surf Scoters - 3 drakes and 1 female where there again today along with 325 Common Scoters

Sound of Harris
162 Great Northern Divers, 32 Red-throated Divers and 17 Slavonian Grebes were seen from the ferry

Coot Loch, Benbecula
A pair of Pintail were seen on the loch

Loch Stilligarry, South Uist
A Little Egret was on the loch this morning

Grogarry Lodge, South Uist
2 Brambling were amongst a mixed flock of Chaffinch and Reed Bunting

Loch Bornish, South Uist
76 Whooper Swans and a female type Scaup were on the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:30 - 10:45
Weather: Wind N-NNW F4, 4/8 cloud some bright sunny spells. Temp 6C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (2S 2N), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 4 Gannets (S), 70 Shag (5S 65N) and 1 Cormorant.
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 15, Wigeon 51, Pintail 1, Teal 18, Tufted Duck 14, Long-tailed Duck 2, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 16, Hen Harrier 1 [adult female], Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 53, Golden Plover 1, Ringed Plover 72, Bar-tailed Godwit 25, Dunlin 29, Purple Sandpiper 9, Hooded Crow 12 and Raven 2
 
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YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
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Excellent weather for the monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) today - calm and sunny, though feeling chilly at only around 3C.

Loch Bee
430 Wigeon, not a terrifically high count for this time of year.
Mute Swan numbers also seemed quite low there too at only 236 (we've had counts of 500/600 in previous years during the winter).
Two white-tailed Eagles
A single Scaup
2 Long-tailed Duck were unusual to see
2 Moorhens - I don't recall seeing these here in the almost eight years of doing counts around Loch Bee/The Range
A very large flock of c230 Twite and c80 Skylarks was good to see
Other species: Mallard, Teal, Common Gull, Lapwing, Great Black-backed Gull, Redshank, Red-breasted Merganser, Herring Gull, Golden Plover, Snipe, Cormorant, Buzzard, Curlew, Greylag Geese, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Whooper Swan, Greenshank, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Barnacle Geese, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Pied Wagtail and a few others...

Most worryingly no Greenland White-fronted Geese in their normal wintering area

1 Otter

South Ford
95 Shelduck, one of our highest counts for the South Ford
Only 57 Grey Plover
27 Knot
Other species: Greenshank, Redshank, Grey Heron, Teal, Dunlin, Oystercatchers, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Greylag Geese, Lapwing, Curlew,

1 Otter