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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Shulishader, Isle of Lewis
A male Blackcap is visiting a garden there

Balranald, North Uist
90 Snow Buntings and 200 Skylark were seen on the reserve. The Snow Goose and a Canada Goose were nearby at Loch Sgaraigh

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:10 - 10:40
Weather: Wind NW f2-3. Mostly sunny with isolated shower. Temp 4C.

A 1+ hour seawatch this morning produced 13 Eider (5S 8N), 3 Red-throated Divers (2S 1N), 3 Gannets (1S 2N), 35 Shag (9S 26N) and 2 Cormorants (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 74, Teal 28, Tufted Duck 11, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 7, Cormorant 8, Hen Harrier 1, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 3, Bar-tailed Godwit 27, Snipe 3, Rock Dove 6, Merlin 1, Skylark 3, Meadow Pipit 2, Rock Pipit 5

South Glendale, South Uist
A Chiffchaff was in a garden there

Blackcap (C) and courtesy of Steve Dodd
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Always Birding
The Waxwing was again in the garden this morning but not seen in the afternoon. A Water Rail has also been present the past few days