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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th January 2020. Updated throughout the day

Lower Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A Coal Tit was seen in a garden today

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
Two Iceland Gulls, a Glaucous Gull, 46 Brent Geese, 30+ Snow Buntings, 300 Twite and a Chiffchaff were in the Rubh' Arnal / Balemore area. A Lapland Bunting and 2 Snow Buntings were nearby at Knockintorran

Clachan, South Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again at the north end of Loch Bee

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:05 - 11:10
Weather: Wind SSE f1, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 4C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Shelduck (S), 3 Eider (N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 4 Gannets (N), 22 Shag (5S 17N) and 1 Cormorant (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 41, Teal 19, Tufted Duck 17, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 26, Golden Plover 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 13, Purple Sandpiper 6, Common Gull 170, Great Black-backed Gull 11, Herring Gull 90, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 5 and Rock Pipit 1

Coal Tit.jpg
Coal Tit (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsyth
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Not much change on Barra. The Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale, 3 Slavonian Grebes were off Eoligarry jetty and 2 Tree Sparrows were still at Brevig. There seem to be more Redwings around this winter than usual.