18th August 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 18th August 2018. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
11 Sooty Shearwaters and 20 Storm Petrels were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry today.

Aird an Runair
A Ruff was seen there early afternoon

Howmore, South Uist
25 Black-tailed Godwits were on the river

Loch Bee, South Uist
2 Ruff were on the west side of the loch today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:05 - 10:55
Weather: Wind WSW F5-6, 8/8 cloud, infrequent light shower, temp 13.5C.

A near 5 hout seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 7 Storm Pertrels (S), 20 Fulmars (S), 4 Sooty Shearwaters (S), 446 Manx Shearwaters (S), 223 Gannets (219S 4N), 5 Bar-tailed Godwits (S), 1 Purple Sandpiper (S), 3 Kittiwakes (2S 1N), 2 Arctic Terns (1S 1N), 1 Pomerine Skua (S) and 1 skua sp (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 63, Red-throated Diver 2, Common Buzzard 1, Whimbrel 1 and Merlin 1
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Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
A two and a half hour seawatch on Vatersay this morning produced 26 Sooty Shearwaters, c900 Manx Shearwaters, 2 adult Pomarine Skuas, 5 Great Skuas and a flock of c20 Black-tailed Godwits all going south. 3 Common Sandpipers were still at Caolas, Vatersay and at least 1 Blackcap was still at Creachen, no doubt local breeders rather than migrants. Lesser Black-backed Gull passage has picked up in the past couple of days with around 20 an hour heading south over Barra today.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Ness news from Tony Marr:

Wed 15 August
Kestrel – female/juv flew W over road near Loch Stiapabhat (12.20)
Common Swift – 2 around lighthouse and rock stacks all pm

Thurs 16 August
Common Swift – yeserday’s two present until at least (10.00)
House Sparrow – a flock of 20 in and around the lighthouse compound, and even flew out on to the rock stacks (am)
Merlin – one chased the Swifts and the House Sparrows
Barn Swallow – 12 along the cliffs to W of lighthouse

Friday 17 August
Manx Shearwater – 2,300 E-W in 3.5 hrs past the Butt (08.15 – 11.45) (Robin Heawood)
Black-tailed Godwit – 7 by Loch Stiapabhat (pm)
Sand Martin – 3

Sat 18 August
Sooty Shearwater3 E-W past the Butt in 2 hrs (07.00-09.00)
Golden Plover – 8 in off the sea NE-SW past the Butt (07.50)
Black-tailed Godwit – 30 at Loch Stiapabhat (this evening)