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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th November 2021. Updated throughout the day

Ardmhor, Barra
Two drake *Green-winged Teal* were again near the ferry terminal

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:15-11:25
Weather: Wind SW veering W f7 gust f9. Murky with rain for two-thirds of watch, a little brighter later. Temp 12c

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 13 Wigeon (S), 7 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-Breasted Merganser (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (5S 1N), 5 Great Northern Divers (S), 34 Gannets (32S 2N), 1 Shag (N), 2 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S), and 2 ask sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Tufted Duck 22, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Hen Harrier 1, Golden Plover 3, Ringed Plover 6, Curlew 5, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Snipe 2, Redshank 3, Rock Dove 28, Peregrine 1, Raven 2, and Rock Pipit 1

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Green-winged Teal (C) Ian Ricketts


Senior Member
In addition to at least 2 drake Green-winged Teal at Ardmhor there was a juv Iceland Gull at Northbay, Surf Scoter still off Craigston, 3 Whooper Swans in off at Cleat along with a Brambling on the beach there. 57 Brents at Traigh Mhor, 4 Siskins and 1 Common Redpoll at Castlebay and 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps at Creachan.