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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 16th March 2018

Ness, Isle of Lewis
7 Snow Buntings were in the Cross area today.

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
8 Iceland Gulls (including 2 adults) and a Glaucous Gull were in the harbour area today

Borve, Berneray
The *Common Crane* was on again on the machair this afternoon

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Weather: Wind ESE-E F5-6, 8/8 high cloud. Temp 6.5C.
A 2.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Whooper Swans (N - in off the Atlantic), 32 Eider (21S 11N), 7 Long-tailed Duck (6S 1N), 23 Gannet (4S 19N), 74 Shag (22S 52N), 3 Cormorants (2S 1N), 1 Redshank (N), 1 Great Skua (N) and 2 Razorbills (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 19, Wigeon 29, Tufted Duck 2, Long-tailed Duck 12, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 3, Shag 16, Cormorant 17, Redshank 6, Purple Sandpiper 1, Black-headed Gull 21, Meadow Pipit 1

Loch Bornish, South Uist
54 Whooper Swans seen on the loch

South Glendale, South Uist
A Mistle Thrush was singing singing there this morning. A Goldcrest and the male Siskin also in a garden there

Snow Buntings courtesy of Sam Hawkins


Senior Member
3 juveniles and a second winter Iceland gull were at Ardveenish this afternoon along with a juvenile and second winter glaucous gull and 2 lesser black-backs. There was also an immature great black-backed gull with a yellow darvic ring; unfortunately it flew before I had a chance to read the ring code. Hopefully I'll catch up with it again in the next day or two.