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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st November 2019. Updated throughout the day

Knockintorran, North Uist
The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** the Snow Goose were seen there today. A *Firecrest* was in a nearby garden [see @BrianR post below]

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
A juvenile Glaucous and Iceland Gull were there today

Clachan, South Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again at the north end of Loch Bee. A Snow Bunting flew over mid morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05 - 10:10
Weather: Wind SE f6, high broken light cloud at first, sunny periods later. Temp 6.6 - 7.4C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Barnacle Goose (N), 8 Eider (4S 4N), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (1S 1N), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (3S 2N), 5 Gannets (4S 1N), 31 Shag (5S 26N), 4 Cormorants (S), 17 Kittiwakes (S) and 1 Razorbill.
Also present in the area were Wigeon 2, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 19, Eider 8, Long-tailed Duck 22, Goldeneye 1, Red-throated Diver 4, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 12, Golden Plover 5, Ringed Plover 72, Turnstone 17, Dunlin 12 and Hooded Crow 6
 
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MisterT

Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
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22 Whooper Swans and 92 Curlew were around Loch Hallan this afternoon. 100+ Mallard were on the sea at Orosay and a flock of 46 Meadow Pipit were on the beach. A further 29 Meadow Pipits were at Tipperton as was a Whimbrel

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BrianR

Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
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With a couple of Merlins and a Peregrine present at Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning it was extemely difficult to get a reasonable estimate of finches/buntings present (main flock was mostly Twite interspersed with a good number of Snow Buntings). A ♂ Pintail flew into Loch a' Roe.

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A couple of photos of the ♂ Firecrest at Knockintorran (in Peter Murray's holiday home garden). Also a Chiffchaff here.

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Bruce

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Feb 25, 2017
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The 2 Tree Sparrows are still coming to my feeders at Brevig along with about a hundred House Sparrows. I flushed a Jack Snipe nearby this afternoon; there's vast areas of suitable habitat for this species so I'm sure I only ever see the 'tip of the iceberg' so to speak. The Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale.