Local Rarity 12th October 2017

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Loch Grogary, North Uist
The drake *American Wigeon* was still on the loch today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A 2.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 16 Great Northern Divers (S), 51 Gannets (46S 5N), 79 Snipe (S - on off the sea), 1 Arctic Tern (N), 2 Razorbills (S), 1 auk sp (S), and a Snow Bunting (N). A Swallow was also in the area.

Ness Area
News from Tony Marr
Wednesday 11 October

Butt of Lewis
Snow Bunting – 3 near lighthouse
Loch Stiapavat
Ruff – 5
Black-tailed Godwit – 1
Port of Ness
Arctic Tern – adult off the harbour
Blackcap – male in gardens

Thursday 12 October
Barnacle Geese - a total of 1,300 in numerous flocks (max. 100) arrived from the sea from E between (08.00) and (1720). They continued either by crossing E-W over Loch Stiapavat, or by flying up to the Butt and flying round it, and then heading on down the west coast of the island. In the morning conditions were unfavourable, with a SW F. 5-6 wind, regular heavy showers, and poor visibility.
Loch Stiapavat
Whooper Swans – 4 (am only) Ruff – one, Black-tailed Godwit – one still
Redwing – 9 at the Butt and 11 in Port of Ness