22nd November 2018

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
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Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 22nd November 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch Erisort, Lewis
A drake Goosander was at the head of the loch (near Balallan) today.

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
2 drake Surf Scoters, circa 300 Common Scoters and 80+ Long-tailed Ducks were in the sound today

South Glendale, South Uist
2 Blackcaps were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50 - 10:30
Weather: Wind E-SE f2-3, 0/8 cloud, bright, sunny and cool. Temp 5.2 - 6C.

A 1+ hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Eider (S), 1 Common Scoter (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 8 Gannets (S), 9 Shag (3S 6N), 1 Woodcock [First for headland] (S), 1 Little Auk (S) and 1 auk sp.
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 55, Wigeon 27, Mallard 47, Teal 12, Tufted Duck 12, Long-tailed Duck 18, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 6, Red-throated Diver 18, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 10, Lapwing 14, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 6, Song Thrush 1, Rock Pipit 1 and Twite 23. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby on Bornish machair
 

Bruce

Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
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It was a relatively quiet day on Barra. There were 3 Slavonian Grebes and a female Common Scoter off Ardmhor ferry terminal; seems to be a good season for Common Scoters. Around 100 Long-tailed Ducks were off the west side of the island in several flocks. I was watching one flock on the sea about a hundred metres off Craigston this morning when I noticed something smaller and brown bobbing among the flock. It seemed to be lying flat to the surface and watching it for a few moments I concluded it must be some debris. A few moments later it caught my eye again as it sat up, took flight and headed strongly towards land. I must admit that I was completely gobsmacked when I realised it was a Woodcock! What on earth is a Woodcock doing sitting on the sea in a flock of Long-tailed Ducks?