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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th May 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
A Carrion Crow was there this afternoon

Back, Lewis
Circa 25-30 Pink-feet and a Barnacle Goose were seen there today

Balelone, North Uist
98 Barnacle Geese came in from the sea towards Balelone and then continued north

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A 2CY Iceland Gull flew west at 11:00. 6 Common Scoter, 220 Arctic Terns, 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 480 Auk sp flew past, a Lapland Bunting and male Ruff were also in the area. A 3CY Glaucous Gull flew over the campsite in the afternoon. two drake garganey are still on Loch nam Feithean. A Wood Sandpiper flew north late eveing

Loch Dubhasairidh, North Uist
The immature Iceland Gull was again seen there this moring

Paible, North Uist
Four adult *Snow Geese* flew east this evening

Bayhead, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull was there this evening

Kirkibost Island, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull was on the beach this morning

Baleshare, North Uist
Six Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch na Paisg. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at lag Gorm

Carnan, South Uist
Two Common Redpolls are still visiting a garden there

South Glendale, South Uist
A Grasshopper Warbler was heard reeling there this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:45-09:40
Weather: Wind SE backing ESE f5 easing to f4. Mostly cloudy and dull. temp 10c.

A three hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Red-throated Divers (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 3 Fulmars (N), 18 Manx Shearwaters (1S 17N), 86 Gannets (28S 58N), 1 Shag (N), 2 Cormorants (N), 1 Whimbrel (N), 28 Kittiwakes (15S 13N), 1 Great Skua (N), 11 Razorbills (N), 61 auk sp (29S 32N). and 1 Collared Dove (N - in off the sea). The Collared Dove arrived off the sea and sat on rocks for some time where it was mobbed by Arctic Terns
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Pink-footed Goose 3, Shelduck 3, Tufted Duck 5, Eider 7, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 35, Whimbrel 5, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Sanderling 65, Dunlin 42, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, Arctic Tern 14, Sand Martin 6, Wheatear 3, Pied Wagtail 1 and Linnet 1
 

Roger Auger

Active Member
The Loch nam Feithean ruff was showing well.
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MisterT

Always Birding
A noticable arrival of redpoll and linnet in Askernish with a control lesser redpoll (a bird ringed elsewhere) in the garden. Originally ringed on 20th April, we await the details with interest
 

Richard Doan

New Member
Highlights from today around the Balranald campsite and RSPB reserve.

Seawatch at Aird an Runair (0600-0900hrs)
Arctic Tern 230 (big feeding frenzy offshore), Auk sp 480N, Fulmar 1N, Gannet 400, Kittiwake 150, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Manx Shearwater 22N, Puffin 1N, Red-throated Diver 4, Great Northern Diver 11, Black Guillemot 2, Arctic Skua 6S, Common Scoter 5N (2 drakes and 3 female types), Bonxie 3S and Knot 2 in off the sea.

Balranald RSPB reserve (0900-1900hrs)
Golden Plover 12, Wheatear 32, Hen Harrier 3 (ringtails), Merlin 1 (female type), Barnacle Goose 4N, Corncrake 6, Iceland Gull 2, Glaucous Gull 2, Corn Bunting 3, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine 2 (pair together), Lapland Bunting (heard only), Whimbrel 24N and Knot 17 (high over campsite calling).

Loch Nam Feithean (1900-2100hrs)
Whooper Swan 3 (1 still present) with 2 others heading north, Little Grebe 8, Shoveler 5, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 2, Common Sandpiper and Corncrake. The biggest surprise of the day was a *WOOD SANDPIPER* flying north over here at 2051hrs!
 

YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Highlights from today around the Balranald campsite and RSPB reserve.

Seawatch at Aird an Runair (0600-0900hrs)
Arctic Tern 230 (big feeding frenzy offshore), Auk sp 480N, Fulmar 1N, Gannet 400, Kittiwake 150, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Manx Shearwater 22N, Puffin 1N, Red-throated Diver 4, Great Northern Diver 11, Black Guillemot 2, Arctic Skua 6S, Common Scoter 5N (2 drakes and 3 female types), Bonxie 3S and Knot 2 in off the sea.

Balranald RSPB reserve (0900-1900hrs)
Golden Plover 12, Wheatear 32, Hen Harrier 3 (ringtails), Merlin 1 (female type), Barnacle Goose 4N, Corncrake 6, Iceland Gull 2, Glaucous Gull 2, Corn Bunting 3, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine 2 (pair together), Lapland Bunting (heard only), Whimbrel 24N and Knot 17 (high over campsite calling).

Loch Nam Feithean (1900-2100hrs)
Whooper Swan 3 (1 still present) with 2 others heading north, Little Grebe 8, Shoveler 5, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 2, Common Sandpiper and Corncrake. The biggest surprise of the day was a *WOOD SANDPIPER* flying north over here at 2051hrs!
Hi Richard

Thanks very much for posting your sightings, welcome to the website and I hope you continue to have a great holiday! I look forward to seeing what else you see :)
 
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