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

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
A Great Skua passed offshore this morning and 2 Snow Buntings were present. The drake *Ring-necked Duck* and 2 Scaup were still to be found nearby at Loch na Tiumpan

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen in the Harbour area today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Weather: Wind N-NNW F5 -6, 8/8 cloud, dull with rain. Temp 5.7C.
A three hour seawatch this morning produced 45 Eider (S), 5 Long-tailed Duck (S), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 2 Manx Shearwaters (N), 96 Gannets (7S 89N), 27 Shag (1S 26N), 1 Cormorant (S), 1478 Kittiwakes (12S 1466N) and 4 Razorbills (2S 2N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 8, Wigeon 48, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 2, Great Northern Diver 5, Cormorant 18, Snipe 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 29, Redshank 8, Purple Sandpiper 34, Black-headed Gull 26, Glaucous Gull 1(2CY), Iceland Gull 1(3CY) and Peregrine 1


Senior Member
Some more gull photos from an afternoon visit to the Rubh' Arnal area, NU. Also present were 88 pale-bellied Brent Geese.