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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd January 2020. Updated throughout the day

South Ford, South Uist
11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were there opposite Hebridean Jewellery today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:10 - 10:55
Weather: Wind S veering SSW f7 gust f8, 8/8 low cloud, light rain, murky at sea. Temp 9 - 10 C.

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (S), 10 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 9 Red-throated Divers (S), 7 Great Northern Divers (S), 26 Gannets (S), 11 Shag (S) and 1 Grey Plover (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 12, Tufted Duck 8, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Cormorant 31, Common Gull 55, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 14 and Rock Pipit 1


OH Bird Recorder
Managed to brave the weather again and added a few more species to the year list. Small passerines were once more keeping their heads down but managed to see both Greenfinch and Chaffinch in the garden.

There were good numbers of waders at Peninerine with c100 Purple Sandpipers and c250 Sanderling, c65 Turnstone and 18 Redshank. Offshore there were at least 52 Long-tailed Duck.

At Stoneybridge there were 3 Common Scoter offshore and a couple of Great Northern Divers.

Hundreds of gulls, a mix of Common Gulls and Herring Gulls, were on the Ormiclate machair. Despite scanning through them carefully there was nothing different to be found.

3 Goldeneye were on West Loch Ollay.

The year list now stands at 58 species.

Purple Sandpipers