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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th November 2019. Updated throughout the day

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
Two Glaucous Gulls (2CY and 1CY) were in there this morning. 3 Whooper Swans (adult with 2 juveniles) were nearby on Loch na Tiumpan

Knockintorran, North Uist
A ***Todd's Canada Goose*** and the Snow Goose were in the Knockintorran/Paiblegarry area this morning. 17 pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Tree Sparrow were nearby at Rubh' Arnal

Balranald, North Uist
Circa 70 Snow Buntings were there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A 1+ hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Eider (1S 2N), 2 Common Scoter [female type] (S), 1 Red-breated Merganser (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 2 Gannets (N), 51 Shag (7S 44N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 1 White-tailed Eagle (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 31, Mute Swan 4, Tufted Duck 18, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Great Northern Diver 6, Cormorant 8 and Meadow Pipit 2


Senior Member
There was a late Grey Wagtail at Brevig, Barra today: I don't recall seeing one in November before. The Long-tailed Tit was still at Castlebay along with at least 1 Fieldfare. There were 2 Snow Buntings on the beach at Eoligarry and nearby 54 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.