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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th February 2022. Updated throughout the day

Scarista, Isle of Harris
A single Common Scoter was offshore this morning

Balranald, North Uist
A single ***Cackling Goose*** was with Barnacle Geese near Balranald House and another 2 were on the reserve. The drake *Green-winged Teal* was still on Loch nam Feithean

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Egret was there again today

Smercliet, South Uist
3 Fieldfares were there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:30-10:10
Weather: Wind N backing S - SE f 1-2. 8/8 cloud, a bit hazy out to sea. Temp 4-5 c.

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Long-tailed Ducks (1S 1N), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), and 31 Shag (10S 21N).
Also in the area were Greylag Goose 19, Mute Swan 2, Wigeon 74, Tufted Duck 15, Red-throated Diver 10, Great Northern Diver 2, Shag 19, Cormorant 21, Great Black-backed Gull 8, and Hooded Crow 1