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Much activity in the Sollas area, North Uist this afternoon (from Rob Fuller): 200 pale-breasted Brent Geese feeding (some seen to be colour-ringed), 90 Barnacle Geese flew over, 20 Black-tailed Godwits, Great and Arctic Skuas, five Little Terns and a Peregrine.


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This mornings fog grounded more waders on Barra. There were 6 Black-tailed Godwits and a flock of 25 Redshanks on the beach at Eoligarry. Another flock of around 50 Black-tails were flying around in the murk at Loch an Doin, 40 were on Borve Point along with 270 Golden Plover and 17 were at Caolas. A flock of 9 Snipe wheeling around high over Glen must surely have been migrants and the lone bird that came in off the sea at Tangasdale certainly was. My first Cuckoo of the year was singing at Brevig and 4 Little Terns were at Traigh Mhor. This afternoon there was a Sandwich Tern at Castlebay roosting on buoys near the castle.

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 21st April 2019. Updated throughout the day.

Balemore, North Uist
A Corncrke was heard this morning.

Baleshare, North Uist
Hundreds of Golden Plover and 192 Black-tailed Godwits were present this afternoon.

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Seawatch 06:50 - 10:10
Weather: Wind S f4-5, 8/8 cloud with drizzle initially, variably misty with poor visibility much of the time. Temp 10C

Red-throated Diver 3S 2N, Great Northern Diver 2S, Fulmar 1S 3N, Gannet 35S 38N, Shag 3N, Cormorant 2N, Snipe 19S (John comments "in off the sea from the west, probably migrants bound for Iceland or the Faroes"), Kittiwake 5S 8N, Great Skua 1N, Razorbill/Guillemot 6S, Razorbill 12S 1N

Also present: Greylag Goose 3, Tufted Duck 12, Eider 25, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 24, Whimbrel 1, Black-tailed Godwit 118, Great Black-backed Gull 15, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 4


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A flock of 9 Snipe wheeling around high over Glen must surely have been migrants and the lone bird that came in off the sea at Tangasdale certainly was.

John had noted 19 Snipe coming in off the the sea this morning at Ardvule and had commented that they were most likely migrants too.

Chris Johnson

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Bit late with this - off line yesterday evening.
150 golden plovers came in off the sea to cross the headland at 19.00 hrs, likely dropping into one of the nearby fields.
At 20.00hrs, 200 brent geese passed low over the water heading SOUTH.