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

Miavaig, Isle of Lewis
3 Snow Buntings were there today

Aird an Runair, North Uist
80+ Snow Buntings were there again today

South Glendale, South Uist
4 Waxwings, 2 female Blackaps and a Siskin were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20 - 10:30
Weather: Wind ESE f5-6 backing SE. 8/8 cloud, dull with light rain. Temp 6.5C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 5 Great Northern Divers (3S 2N), 86 Gannets (85S 1N), 10 Shags (2S 8N), 3 Cormorants (S), 2 auk sp (S) and 1 Curlew (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 243, Teal 1, Tufted Duck 44, Goldeneye 2, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 19, Curlew 8, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 2 [one caught and killed a flying Oystercatcher], Pied Wagtail 1 and Twite 13


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My first juvenile Glaucous Gull of the season coasted south past Scurrival, Barra this morning and a second winter Iceland Gull (probably the Craigston bird) was at Traigh Mhor along with 54 Pale-bellied Brent Geese. The tatty Tree Sparrow that's been coming to my garden for the past couple of weeks was today joined by a much fresher looking bird. A visit to Caolas, Vatersay this afternoon produced 2 Velvet Scoters. They were rather distant and the light was terrible but I managed a record shot of sorts!

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew:-

Still a juvenile white-rumped sandpiper at Ardivachar this morning