National Rarity 23rd July 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 23rd July 2018. Updated throughout the day

Grenitote, North Uist
The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there again this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:45 - 10:00
Weather: Wind WSW F4, cloudy and dull, temp 14 C.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Storm Petrel (S), 2 Fulmars (N), 52 Manx Shearwaters (47S 5N), 133 Gannets (52S 81N), 1 Shag (N), 2 Kittiwakes (S), 4 Puffins (2S 2N) and 14 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Shoveler 5, Hen Harrier 1, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 60, Ringed Plover 73, Curlew 4, Bar-tailed Godwit 6, Sanderling 14, Dunlin 16, Snipe 3, Redshank 37, Arctic Tern 12, Rock Dove 6, Raven 25, Skylark 1, Sand Martin 6, Pied Wagtail 7 and Meadow Pipit 8


Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
With Brians post of an unseasonal White-fronted Goose, I was not so surprised to see a Pink-footed Goose amongst the Greylags on Loch Mor, Benbecula, nor a Brent Goose on Loch Bee, the latter reported as dark-bellied on the 11th July. Just to the north of Ardivachar, there was the largest “gathering” of Arctic Terns that I have seen here with circa 320 birds present. Impossible to count accurately as they were very mobile. A black-tailed Godwit was on the Howmore River

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Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
Latest news of the Snowy Owl - at 20.50 hours Keith Dawson observed it from his house at Claddach-vallay, North Uist. Keith managed to get a poor photo.