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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A male **Ortolan Bunting** was seen in a garden there, the first record since 2008

Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A second-winter Iceland Gull was there this afternoon

Balranald, North Uist
5 Pomarine Skuas flew north past Aird an Runair today, 3 at 12:40 + 2 at 13:10. 3 Great Skuas, 5 Arctic Skuas and a Sandwich Tern were also seen. The 2 Garganey were again nearby on Loch nam Feithean

Aird-mhicheil, South Uist
An Iceland Gull was there this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:20-09:15
Weather: Wind NW f3-4 veering WNW. 7/8 cloud with occasional light drizzle. Becoming brighter, temp 10c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Red-throated Divers (N), Fulmar (N), 84 Gannets (34S 50N), 2 Cormorants (N), 1 Whimbrel (N), 3 Black-tailed Godwits (N), 2 Kittiwakes (N), 1 Common Tern (N), 1 Arctic Skua (N), 2 Black Guillemots (N), 4 Puffin (N), and 2 auk sp (N).
Also in the area were Shelduck 2, Eider 2, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Shag 8, Cormorant 28, Whimbrel 2, Bar-tailed Godwit 4, Turnstone 45, Little Tern 5, Arctic Tern 13, Hooded Crow 8, Skylark 1, Sand Martin 10, Wheatear 1, and Pied Wagtail 1

A noticerable arrival of Whimbrel on South Uist today with 38 on Howmore machair, 62 on Drimsdale machair, 43 (+ a single black-tailed Godwit) around Loch Grogarry and circa 120 (+ 7 Black-tailed Godwits) seen on The Range

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Ortolan Bunting (C) Sam Hawkins