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Chris Johnson

Senior Member
WeBS count this morning.
Ardivachar: eiders 87; cormorants 12; great black-backed gulls 9; common gulls 35; herring gulls 24; black-headed gulls 23; greylags 12; great northern diver 1, gannets 3; oystercatchers 53, turnstones 36; ringed plovers 38; sanderlings; 25; curlews 7, ruffs 11 (wonderful, not seen this many together before).
North Bay: common gulls; 14; cormorants; 3; oystercatchers, 47; ringed plovers 6; dunlins 5, turnstones 4; knot 1; sanderlings 320.


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A big surprise at Eoligarry this morning when a Corn Bunting flew low over me calling as I was stood by the jetty. A decade has passed since the species vanished from Barra and other than a single winter record from nearby Vatersay in December '18, there's been no reason to believe it would every occur here again! Maybe todays bird is dispersing from the remainder of the Hebrides population on North Uist?
There was also a Pom Skua off Eoligarry this morning.