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

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20 - 10:00
Weather: Wind SW f3 increasing f4. 8/8 high cloud. Temp9C.

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Great Northern diver (S), 48 Gannets (45S 3N), 44 Shag (7S 37N), 2 Cormorants (S), 4 Guillemots (S) and 3 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 15, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 23, Long-tailed Duck 1, Red-breasted Merganser 11, Red-throated Diver 2, Cormorant 12, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 6, Ringed Plover 46, Curlew 4, Bar-tailed Godwit 10, Sanderling 19, Dunlin 4, Rock Dove 7, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 2 and Rock Pipit 1


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The two Canada/Cackling Geese were still present just S of Loch Paible, North Uist. They look very similar to birds that were seen last winter - I'm not sure but I think one was identified as Canada and the smaller bird as Cackling. This year I think both have been circulated as Cackling.


From David Henshilwood: 11 White-rumped Sandpipers again at Ardivachar, South Uist and also a Pectoral Sandpiper. 'Repeated visits from Peregrine, Merlin and Kestrel, barely a moment when not being flushed'.