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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st March 2019. Updated throughout the day

Sound of Harris
8 Red-throated Divers, 49 Great Northern Divers, 5 Slavonian Grebe, 295 Eider, 107 Long-tailed Duck and, 4 Kittiwake were seen from the ferry. 23 Whoopers flew NW up the Sound at 12.20

52 Whitefronts & 42 Greylag flew NW over the island at 09.50. 6 Great Northern Divers, 31 Eider, 2 Common Scoter and 370 Long-tailed Ducks were off the west coast

Borve, Berneray
4 Pink-footed Geese and 275 Twite were on the machair

Newton, North Uist
The drake *American Wigeon* was still present on Loch an Sticir today

Clachan Sands, North Uist
A Wheatear and 70 Redwing were there today

Sollas, North Uist
A Chiffchaff was seen there today

Scotvein, Grimsay
37 Whooper Swans and 65 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew north this morning.

South Glendale, South Uist
2 Wheatears and a Goldcrest were seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:00 - 10:50
Weather: Wind S -SSW F3, mostly sunny, brief light shower. Temp 2.7C - 7C.

A near three hour seawatch this produced 1 Light-bellied Brent Goose (N), 330 Baranacle Geese (N), 31 Greylag Geese (N), 9 Greenland White-fronted Geese (N), 122 Whooper Swans (N), 2 Eider (S), 3 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Fulmar (S), 13 Gannets (2S 11N), 3 Cormorants (1S 2N), 1 White-tailed Eagle (S) and 11 Meadow Pipipts (SW - out to sea).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 3, Shoveler 2, Wigeon 12, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 6, Eider 20, Long-tailed Duck 6, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 6, Common Buzzard 1, Skylark 1, Pied Wagtail and, Meadow Pipit 4
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Roger Auger

Active Member
A male Scaup on Coot Loch this afternoon (present on the 28th too) along with 7 Black-tailed Godwit, a pair of Shoveler and four Gadwall.


Always Birding
A much quieter day here at Askernish with only 7 Whoopers remaining. 9 White-fronts flew north early morning, possibly the same as seen at Ardvule during a sea watch. New arrivals were 6 Shoveller on Loch Hallan plus numerous Snipe on the machair and the first Wheatears of the year on the patch. The air was again filled with the song and chattering of some 200+ Redwing in the township plus several Linnet were new in the garden

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Senior Member
At Carinish, North Uist 45 Whooper Swans flew N low down along the shore around 08.15 hours and another flock of 34 came over Aird an Runair and went away to NW at 13.10 hours. Also here at 10.40 hours a flock of 92 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew N.

_DSC8548.JPGTwo Greylags that came in from a long way out at Aird an Runair._DSC8565.jpg

Gordon from Morayshire reported a flock of 23 Black-tailed Godwits on a flooded area at Hosta, North Uist yesterday evening.


Senior Member
A flock of about 30 Whooper Swans flew NW distantly off Brevig at dawn, followed shortly after by about 20 unidentified geese. I suspect both groups would of passed through the Sound of Barra. Around mid morning a larger flock of geese, probably Barnacles flew NW past Vatersay, though were again very distant. There was a decent arrival of Wheatears and during the day I saw about 40 birds, mostly on Vatersay. A male Blackcap was at Northbay and a House Martin was around Nasg/Castlebay for most of the day. The Barnacle flock containing the parvipes Canada Goose were still on Borve Point where the juvenile Iceland Gull was still eating dead whale and yesterdays Great Tit remained at Creachan.