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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd June 2019. Updated throught the day

Paible, North Uist
A ****Calandra Lark**** was seen on the machair at Cnoc an Torrain, [NF726674] this evening
Second record for Outer Hebs, the first being on St Kilda in 1994

Cheesebay, North Uist
A House Martin was seen there today

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A Curlew Sandpiper was there this evening

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY *Mediterranean Gull* was there this afternoon.

Langass Woods, North Uist
2 Siskins were seen there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:15 - 10:05
Weather: Wind WSW F5-6, gust F7. 8/8 cloud with drizzle at first, easing. Brief sunny period. Temp 11C.

A near 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Common Scoters (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (1S 2N), 79 Fulmars (73S 6N), 288 Manx Shearwaters (283S 5N), 201 Gannets (148S 53S), 1 Cormorant (S), 1 Grey Plover (S), 49 Kittiwakes (47S 2N), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (S), 2 Great Skuas (S), 83 Guillemots (S), 92 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S), 11 Puffins (S) and 214 auk sp (210S 4N).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 1, Tufted Duck 9, Shag 1, Cormorant, 8, Arctic Tern 12, Rock Dove 12, Skylark 1, Sand Martin 5 and Wheatear 1
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Always Birding
With what John sees at Ardvule, you’d think that seeing seabirds on the patch here at Askernish would be easy being just a little further south, but these stronger westerly winds are my only chance. Happy to say that Manx Shearwaters and Kittiwakes passed in small numbers offshore and a Fulmar flew along the beach so 3 of my target species found, only auks to go now. 2 Arctic Skuas were a bonus.

Several Whimbrels were still on the machair and a Whooper Swan was on Loch Hallan


Senior Member
During a seawatch at Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning (09.25-10.55 hours) there was a little movement N: 19 Fulmars, 21 Manx Shearwaters, 193 Gannets, a couple of Red-throated Divers, seven Kittiwakes and a party of six Long-tailed Skuas. A single Great Skua passed N over the headland prior to the seawatch.

DSC_0138.JPGFive of the Long-tailed Skuas - at some distance!

Photo (taken by Lorna Murray) of the Pied Flycatcher that was present at Knockintorran, North Uist on 28th May.

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