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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th Novemebr 2019. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
5 Waxwings were seen on Stewart Drive today.

Langass Woods, North Uist
2 ***Two-barred Crossbills** were seen there today [see @BrianR post below]

Balranald, North Uist
30 Snow Buntings were seen on the beach

Clachan, South Uist
A drake *Green-winged Teal* was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning

South Glendale, South Uist
A Waxwing and female Blackcap were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:50 - 10:10
Weather: Wind N f4, mostly bright and sunny. Temp 6.5C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 10 Wigeon (1S 9N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (N), 3 Great Northern Divers (2S 1N), 6 Gannets (3S 3N), 39 Shag (3S 36N), 3 Cormorants (1S 2N), 2 Kittiwakes (N) and 1 Glaucous Gull [1CY] (N).
Also present in the area were Greaylag Goose 85, Wigeon 54, Mallard 90, Teal 7, Tufted Duck 39, Goldeneye 4, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 6, Golden Eagle 1, White-tailed Eagle 4, Common Buzzard 2, Golden Plover 5, Grey Plover 1, Black-tailed Godwit 11, Black-headed Gull 1, Common Gull 120, Great Black-backed Gull 27, Herring Gull 270, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 17 and Raven 3
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On Barra another Siberian Chiffchaff was at Northbay; it's been a great autumn for these so far. 2 Waxwings, a Blackcap and 2 Woodcock were at Creachan and another Woodcock was at Ardmhor. The Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale and the 2 Velvet Scoters were still off Caolas, Vatersay.


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Also a Waxwing at Langass, North Uist this morning along with a Brambling. On Loch Langass there were 10 Goldeneye (12 a few days ago - a good number for this locality).

I could only manage some distant photos of a Two-barred Crossbill in Langass Woods (only one was visible when I took the photos but two flew off from the sitka spruce a bit later). I met Norman MacLeod and told him about the birds, also their distinctive call - Norman heard this when he was in the woods on Saturday.