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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th March 2020. Updated throughout the day

Balranald,North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese *** and a dark juvenile Iceland Gull were seen there today. An immature Glaucous Gull, drake Pintail and 60+ Snow Buntings were nearby at Aird an Runair

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The *Snow Goose* was by the loch and the Coot was still present

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:25 - 09:40
Weather: Wind W f4 easing to WSW f3. 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 7C

A 2+ hour seawatch this moring produced 15 Eider (11S 4N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (N), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Fulmars (S), 4 Gannets (2S 2N), 54 Shag (12S 42N) and 6 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 9, Mute Swan 1, Shelduck 1, Wigeon 36, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 9, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Great Northern Diver 2, Shag 22, Cormorant 35, Bar-tailed Godwit 22, Purple Sandpiper 58, Common Gull 70, Hooded Crow 3 and Raven 3

Chris Johnson

Senior Member
Feb 11, 2017
A day late with the WeBS count. The persistent south-westerlies have cleared the Ardivachar beach of many wader species and many gulls.
Gulls: black-headed 8; Common 26; herring 48; great black-backed 27. The only wader was oystercatcher: 199. 3 whooper swans; 8 long-tailed ducks.
North Bay
The only significant waders were: c400 bar-tailed godwits; 740 sanderlings; 120 oystercatchers. (lacking at both sites: redshank, turnstone, ringed plover, purple sandpiper.)
Likes: Hawkeye


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Tristan

A Coot was swimming around the boats in the inner harbour at Stornoway this morning. It's a scarce species on Lewis (most records from Loch Stiapabhat), and this individual seemed particularly out of place.

Also, a pair of Siskins in my garden were the first I've seen locally for some time.