At Aird an Runair, North Uist today a seawatch of just over two and a half hours between 10.30 and 13.15 hours produced the following SW: six Teal, three Sooty Shearwaters, 855 Manx Shearwaters, 37 Fulmars, 67 Gannets, two Red-throated Divers, 33 Kittiwakes, three Arctic Terns and a single Great Skua (called as it passed overhead). After some light rain visibility cleared for seawatch (St Kilda discernible) and the W wind was F3-4. Also seen was a Glaucous Gull while the juvenile Ruff mentioned above was in a field between Aird an Runair and RSPB visitor centre. On my return there was no sign of the Ruff but there were a couple of Black-tailed Godwits.
Despite the fields being mown here in South Uist , very few birds were attracted apart from gulls and starlings. At Ormiclate there were circa 200 Golden Plover on the machair and 2 juvenile Ruff on the cut fields. The immature Glaucous Gull was on the machair at Bornish
An hours seawatch from Vatersay in the early afternoon produced a Pomarine Skua and 4 Sooty Shearwaters along with hundreds of Manx going south. A Sooty Shearwater was off Brevig this evening plus c15 Great Skuas. A Blackcap was ay Castlebay.