9th January 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Loch Mor, Benbecula
One of the Little Egrets was again on the loch today

Butt of Lewis
A 2CY Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls ( adult + 2CY) seen there today. A 2CY Iceland Gull also nearby at Loch Stiapavat

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch this morning produced 31 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Duck (S), 7 Red-throated Divers (6S 1N), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 15 Gannets (14S 1N), 29 Shag (3S 26N), 2 Cormorants (N), 3 Kittiwakes (1S 2N) and 2 Black Guillemots (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 16, Teal 9, Tufted Duck 14, Long-tailed Duck 23, Goldeneye 3, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 16, Lapwing 41, Bar-tailed Godwit 25, Black-headed Gull 5, Common Gull 250, Hooded Crow 5, Raven 4

South Glendale, South Uist
The Brambling is still in a garden there


Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
It was very quiet at the south part of Eachkamish (Baleshare), North Uist this morning. An adult White-tailed Eagle came over and there was a single Snow Bunting with a flock of some 100 Skylarks.
Christopher West witnessed a dramatic incident just after 15.30 hours last Friday when leaving Clachan-a-Luib towards Carinish. A Buzzard sat on the first transformer on leaving the township was suddenly attacked by another that flew straight in and locked talons. This resulted in a flash and flame and both were instantly electrocuted.
Electrocution on power lines is a threat to many bird species and here it is often swans that suffer.


Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
A mixed flock of 4 Rock Pipits, 14 Meadow Pipits and 9 Snow Buntings on the beach at Askernish this morning. It would appear that rabbits are finding it hard at the moment with many dead on the machair, a situation that seems to suit the Buzzards.

Buzzard with rabbit.jpg