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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
An Iceland Gull was seen there today [see post below]

Baleshare, North Uist
Four 1CY Glaucous Gulls were at Eachkamish today

Snishival, South Uist
Late news of an Iceland Gull seen there yesterday

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Count type: seawatch
Weather: Wind NE veering E f1, 8/8 cloud, dull and murky, hint of very light drizzle at times. Temp 6c.

A two hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 4 Shag (N) and 2 Cormornts (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 80, Pink-footed Goose 1, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 13, Mallard 65, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 12, Long-tailed Duck 7, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 18, Black-headed Gull 1, Great Black-backed Gull 7, Glaucous Gull [juveniles] 2, Rock Dove 65, Peregrine [adult]1, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 3, Skylark 52, Meadow Pipit 1, Rock Pipit 2, Twite 700


Senior Member
There was still a Grey Wagtail by the pitch at Castlebay today; the latest I've seen here. Also a Common Chiffchaff and a Woodcock present.

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan

A juvenile Iceland Gull was at the Butt of Lewis this morning. At Loch Stiapabhat: a pair of Shoveler, three Pinkfeet and the presumed local flock of c40 Barnacle Geese. A male Blackcap was at Port of Ness.

Still getting more or less daily visits from a Hawfinch to the garden in Stornoway.