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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
A Pink-footed Goose, Gadwall and 3 Goldeneye were there today

Gress Beach, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south along the coast and 4 Velvet Scoters were seen offshore

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area this morning. An adult was there later in the afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00-10:45
Weather: Wind WSW f6-7, cloudy with occasional light rain. Temp 10c.

A near 2 hour seawatch produced 1 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 58 Shag (2S 56N), 34 Common Gulls (S), and 8 Great Black-backed Gulls (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 52, Wigeon 39, Tufted Duck 2, Cormorant 28, Merlin 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 12, and Twite 15


Always Birding
Small but ever increasing numbers of Barnacle Geese have been overwintering on South Uist in the past few years not only on Kilaulay machair but also in the Boisdale / Kilbride area. Today, the number there had grown to 68.
At least one Fieldfare is still here in Askernish

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Flyby White-tailed Eagle