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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Iceland Gull was there this morning. A *White-billed Diver* was nearby at Port of Nis

Scoloaig, North Uist
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig early this morning but not seen after 08:00. A female *Ring-necked Duck* was seen on nearby Loch an Eilean later in the day

Aird an Runair, North Uist
3 Pomarine and 2 Arctic Skuas flew north early morning. Circa 29 Long-tailed Skuas, a Pomarine Skua and 14 Arctic Skuas flew north between 17:00-17:45

Loch Fada, Benbecula
3 Garganey (2 drakes, 1 female) were there this afternoon

Loch Bee, South Uist
The pair of Scaup were again seen to the east of the causeway this morning


Always Birding
Far fewer Whimbrel on South Uist today but still large groups of Oystercatchers passing through. Amongst them was this colour ringed bird at Kildonan Looks like another Dublin Bay bird.

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