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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd April 2022. Updated throughout the day.

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
3 Snow Buntings including 1 male at lighthouse at 10am today, 2 adult Whoopers on the loch and good numbers of Redwings flying around in Point (into 3 figures).

Loch Branahuie, near Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Iceland Gull seen there today.

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
7 Iceland Gulls in the harbour this afternoon of varying ages.

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was there and nearby at Traigh Iar there were 66 Knot

Loch nam Feithean, North Uist
13 Pintail were on the loch today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
An adult Glaucous Gull was present this afternoon

Clachan, South Uist
The un-ringed Little Egret was present this morning and probably the same bird later down the Carnan track.

Loch Bee, South Uist
A female ***Lesser Scaup*** was at the north end of the causeway.

Loch Grogarry, South Uist
The *Great White Egret* was seen flying in the direction of Loch Grogarry from Stilligarry


Senior Member
The Kumlien's Gull was still at Craigston. 30 migrant Greylags flew north-west over Eoligarry and a handful of Whooper Swans were grounded by this afternoons rain. Redwing passage continues to be at best mediocre with a steady turnover of birds, but no counts exceeding the low hundreds yet.