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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th April 2021.

Geese again on the move with circa 300 Barnacle Geese flying north over Carinish, North Uist and circa 250 high over Askernish, South Uist this morning and 1,500 Pink-feet were seen heading north in Ness. 5,000+ Barnacle Geese were at Balranald, North Uist and 250 Pink-feet flew north late afternoon

Hirta, St. Kilda
The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen on the island today

Balranald, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** were seen there today. Two Lapland Buntings and an immature Glaucous Gull were also there

Baleshare, North Uist
The drake Scaup is still at Loch Mor

Loch Mor, Benbecula
The Little Egret and five Pintail were seen there today. A Pink-footed Goose was by Coot Loch and a Woodpigeon was in Nunton

West Gerinish, South Uist
Three Slavonian Grebes were in the SW corner of loch Bee

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:50-09:45
Weather: Wind N veering NE f2, mostly sunny, temp 1-4c

A three hour seawatchh this morning produced 627 Barnacle Geese (N), 20 Greenland White-fronted Geese (N), 4 Shelduck (N), 3 Eider (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 57 Gannets (5S 52N), 2 Shag (N), 3 Cormorants (N), 8 Oystercatchers (N) and 5 auk sp (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Shelduck 3, Shoveler 3, Wigeon 43, Teal 8, Tufted Duck 17, Eider 16, Long-tailed Duck 8, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 11, Cormorant 32, Bar-tailed Godwit 14, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Purple Sandpiper 12, Hooded Crow 2, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 4
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Always Birding
A suuny day at last and one for scanning through the increasing numbers of waders on the beach.

The colour ringed Oystercatcher seen earlier on the 2nd April was was still here although today it was on the beach rather than the golf course.

This colour ringed Sanderling was ringed as an adult in Holland in August 2012 so is an old bird. It has a well documented history having been seen on 24 occasions in Holland, 11 in France and twice in Mauritania. It was last observed in France, having spent last month (March 2021) at Beausoleil. Today's sighting is the furthest North it has been seen to date.

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Chris Johnson

Senior Member
A nice day for the WeBS count.
Oystercatchers 205; bar-tailed godwits 44; turnstones 265; purple sandpipers 66; curlews 2; sanderlings 376; cormorants 28; a scattering of gulls and some oddments plus several skeins of barnacle geese all morning amounting to c470. Also a steady passage of redwings from the cemetary to the headland not less than 600.
Sanderlings 257; turnstones, 51; ringed plovers 53; oystercatchers 27; redshanks 36; curlew 1