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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st may 2021. Updated throughout the day

Aird an Runair, North Uist
An early morning (05:15 - 10:15) seawatch produced 1 Long-tailed Skua (N at 0744hrs), 4 Arctic Skuas (N), 6 Bonxies (N), 96 Puffins (N), 7 Great Northern Divers (3S 4N), 5 Red-throated Divers (N), 430 Auk sp (N), 191 Kittiwakes (N) and 9 Fulmars (N)

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Wood Sandpiper and a male Ruff were there early morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:05-10:05
Weather: Wind S veering SW f2-3, Prolonged sunny periods apart from isolated light drizzly spell. Temp 8 - 10c.

A three hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Red-throated Divers (N), 33 Fulmars (2S 31N), 4 Manx Shearwaters (N), 87 Gannets (36S 51N), 12 Shag (11S 1N), 28 Kittiwakes (6S 22N) and 77 auk sp (11S 66N).
Also present in the area were Pale-bellied Brent Goose 1, Greylag Goose 11, Tufted Duck 7, Eider 27, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 5, Cormorant 20, Bar-tailed Godwit 9, Turnstone 35, Sanderling 60, Dunlin 70, Little Stint 1, Black-headed Gull 16, Arctic Tern 20, Sand Martin 11, Wheatear 2, White Wagtail 4, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 5 and Linnet 1