National Rarity 9th May 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 9th May 2018

Coalas, Vatersay
A ***Lesser Yellowlegs**** seen there this afternoon (See Bruce's post below)

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull was on the beach early afternoon

Smercleit, South Uist
5 Whooper Swans were on the loch there this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:55 - 11:10
Weather: Wind S F6-7, 8/8 cloud, dull with rain throughout. Temp 8.9C.

A 4+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (N), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 47 Fulmars (30S 17N), 8 Manx Shearwaters (7S 1N), 133 Gannets (111S 22N), 6 Shag (3S 3N), 3 Cormorants (1S 2N), 5 Kittiwakes (2S 3N), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (N), 2 Great Skuas (N), 4 Arctic Skuas (N), 1 Guillemot (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S) and 7auk sp (6S1N).
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 12, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Kumlien's Gull 1 (3CY), Arctic Tern 12, Swallow 1, Wheatear 3, White Wagtail 1 and Twite 12.
The Kumlien's Gull was again seen on Bornish machair later in the afternoon

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Kumlien's Gull courtesy of John McInnes
Likes: YvonneB


Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
A seawatch off the west side of Vatersay this afternoon produced a steady stream of manx shearwaters going south but little else of note. Returning to my car at Caolas, I gave the little bay a scan over and noticed a lesser yellowlegs feeding among the seaweed. It showed well over the next hour and was still present when we left. An Iceland gull was in the same area.
On Barra a single pale-bellied brent goose was on Traigh Mhor and a blackcap was a Castlebay. At least 3 sand martins were flying around last years nest side.

Likes: YvonneB


Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
Far fewer waders on the beach today here at Askernish and only 5 Whimbrel on the machair. There were 5 Whooper Swans on Loch Hallan, possibly the same which were seen at Smercleit earlier in the day

Sanderling, Askernish beach
Likes: YvonneB


Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
Photo of the Aird an Runair Glaucous Gull.
Seawatch from 14.55-18.55 hours (not for all of the 4 hours) mostly from the end of the headland. Watching conditions not good with sun glare and a SSW wind F6-7. Most of the skuas passing N were well out: 25 Pomarine (14 at 16.20 hours, 6 at 17.15 and 5 at 17.25); 8 Arctic; 55 Long-tailed (14 at 17.25 after passing with 5 Pomarine went up high; 28 at 17.40 and 13 at 17.50); also 16 skuas unidentified including 6 right at end of watch that perhaps indicated I would have got a larger total if I stayed longer.
Likes: YvonneB