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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th June 2022. Updated throughout the day

Late News of a Pomarine Skua seen from the Berneray - Leverburgh ferry yesterday evening

Borve, Berneray
A House Martin was seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:10-10:10
Weather: Wind SSW f6 gust f7. Mostly 8/8 cloud and light drizzle, misty out to sea, clearing. Sunny periods later. Temp 13c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Wigeon (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (4S 1N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 20 Fulmars (S), 310 Gannets (295S 15N), 432 Manx Shearwaters (414S 18N), 20 Kittiwakes (18S 2N), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 29 Guillemots (S), 47 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S), 10 Puffins (S), and 118 auk sp (114S 4N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Shelduck 3, Mallard 54, Eider 7, Cormorant 11, Lesser Black-backed Gull 7, and Sand Martin 12