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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th May 2019. Updated throughout the day

North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis
39 Pink-footed Geese flew north this afternoon

Aird an Runair, North Uist
3 Dotterels were near the car park this morning and were then joined by a fourth early afternoon. 7 Dotterel were reported there this evening

Loch Portain, North Uist
A *Common Crane* was seen as flying north late afternoon [15.50]

Baleshare, North Uist
2 Curlew Sandpipers were there today with circa 3500 Dunlin

The Range, South Uist
2+ Dotterel and 30 Whimbrel were seen there today

Carnan., South Uist
2 Common Redpolls were seen in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:25 - 08:50
Weather: Wind ENE F5, 8/8 cloud. Dull with some drizzle at times. Temp 6C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Great Northern Divers (N), 41 Gannets (35S 6N), 2 Cormorants (S), 8 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 9 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (N) and 9 auk sp (2S 7N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Mute Swan 2, Shoveler 1 [male], Tufted Duck 12, Eider 12, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 16, Whimbrel 1, Arctic Tern 10, Raven 2, Sand Martin 6 and White Wagtail 1


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Two of the Dotterel present at Aird an Runair today.



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Predictably this mornings rain grounded reasonable numbers of Dunlin and Sanderling on Barra including a colour ringed Sanderling, ringed in Hampshire on 20th October 2017. It's been seen 7 times since in Hampshire and West Sussex, always in spring or autumn.

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