2nd May 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 2nd May 2018. Updated throughout the day

Tarbert, Isle of Harris
A Blackcap was in the grounds of the Harris Hotel

Ardveenish, Barra
2 2CY Iceland Gulls seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:50 - 10:10
Weather: Wind NW - WNW F3-4, cloudy becoming bright with sunny periods. Temp 6.7 - 8.8C.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Red-throated Divers (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 7 Fulmars (1S 6N), 1 Manx Shearwater (N), 112 Gannets (39S 73N), 8 Shag (3S 5N), 3 Cormorants (N), 4 Whimbrel (N), 56 Kittiwakes (51S 5N), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (N), 3 Great Skua (N), 1 Arctic Skua (N) and 14 auk sp (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Barnacle Goose 1, Wigeon 4, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 9, Eider 22, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 7, Shag 6, Cormorant 16, Common Buzzard 1, Whimbrel 3, Arctic Tern 7, Swallow 1, Wheatear 1, White Wagtail 4, Pied Wagtail 2 and Meadow Pipit 6


New Member
Apr 19, 2018
We also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to Brian Rabbitts.. Ps I just sorting my pics of distant skua's and can confirm that one of them is a Pomarine skua.

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Likes: Hawkeye


Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
At north Locheynort today there were at least 4 singing goldcrest and 20+ redpoll in two flocks. The majority were lesser but there were at least 2 common redpolls amongst them. Robin, Song Thrush and Blackbird were feeding young in the nest while willow warblers were busy building nests which means several more nest records for the BTO


Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
There was little skua movement at Aird an Runair in the morning - although the wind was from a suitable quarter it was not strong enough to bring most close to shore. There were five pale-bellied Brent Geese in the bay and at nearby Hougharry a flock of 55 Black-tailed Godwits.
With the W wind increasing to F4-5 it was worth another visit and I arrived at 17.25 hours to view through Ray Curry's 'scope a flock of 21 Pomarine Skuas beating steadily N (Ray had clocked up at least seven Pomarines before I arrived together with seven Arctic and four Great Skuas). It was almost an hour before the next flock of Pomarine came through - 46 with a Great. Then another three flocks (eight with two Arctics, nine and ten) until I left at 20.25 hours. Final tally: 101 Pomarine, 15 Arctic and 10 Great.