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Only low numbers and species seen at a few places visited on North Uist this morning but these did include a lone Waxwing at Langass. Spent sometime on top of electricity pole and flew down to bathe briefly.

A couple of Woodcock were flushed from Lochmaddy gardens. There were said to have been as many as 40 in the North/South Lee area yesterday (the number shot not known).


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Great weather and a reasonable selection of birds on Barra today. 8 Snow Buntings, 3 Common Scoters and a Jackdaw were at Eoligarry. A flock of 265 Barnacle Geese were roosting on the beach, no doubt the wintering flock from Fiaray. This flock doesn't usually start visiting Eoligarry til late December, however I could see a White-tailed Eagle hunting over Fiaray, so suspect this had flushed them to Eoligarry today. The flock also contained 2 Pale-bellied Brents, one of which was ringed in Iceland in May '17 and spent last winter on North Uist.
A further 50 Pale-bellied Brents were at Traigh Mhor, a Chiffchaff at Ardmhor, a Brambling and 2 Common Redpolls at Castlebay and 4 Woodcock and several Fieldfares were around the island. A Common Scoter was off East Beach, Vatersay this afternoon and a Brambling was in the township.