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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th November 2021. Updated throughout the day

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
9+ Sooty Shearwaters were feeding to the northeast of Tiumpan lighthouse between 10:00 -11:00

Loch Eaval, North Uist
A Snow Bunting was there today

Coot Loch Benbecula
A Little Egret was seen there today

Eochar, South Uist
A Little Egret was seen near Hebridean Jewellery this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05-11:10
Weather: Wind Wf7 gust f8. 8/8 cloud and rain for much of watch, a little brighter towards end of watch. Temp 11c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 15 Long-tailed Ducks (14S 1N), 3 Red-throated Divers (2S 1N), 8 Great Northern Divers (S), 29 Gannets (S), 10 Shag (1S 9N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 2 Black-headed Gulls (S), 130 Hering Gulls (coasting south along the dunes), and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Also present tin the area were Greylag Goose 56, Gadwall 3, Wigeon 58, Teal 29, Tufted Duck 24, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 24, Golden Eagle 1, White-tailed Eagle 2, Common Buzzard 2, Golden Plover 8, Ringed Plover 68, Curlew 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 6, Turnstone 9, Sanderling 3, Dunlin 19, Purple Sandpiper 13, Snipe 2, Redshank 3, Common Gull 10, Hooded Crow 2, Skylark 1, Redwing 1, and Meadow Pipit 1


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Todd's Canada Goose among the Barnacle Geese in the Sound of Barra, initially seen at long range off Ardmhor this morning before flying past Eoligarry this afternoon. The Surf Scoter was still off Craigston, 64 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor, a Chiffchaff and Siskin were at Castlebay and a Woodcock flew in off the sea at Scirrival pursued by a Hen Harrier!
Todd's Canada Goose with Barnacle Geese