12th September 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 11th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
11 Sooty Shearwaters flew past between 07.30 - 08.30 this morning

Stonoway, Isle of Lewis
A flock of 24 Long-tailed Tits (mainly juveniles) were in a garden in the Willowglen area

Ardivachar, South Uist
The Curlew Sand was still on the beach at midday.

Smercleit, South Uist
9 Black-tailed Godwits where there today

Eoligarry, Barra
A Lapland Bunting was seen there this morning

Northbay, Barra
A Cuckoo was there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:50 - 10:10
Weather: Wind W F5-6, cloudy at first, becoming bright and sunny. Temp 10-11C

A 4+ hour seawatch this morning produced 126 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 4 Teal (S), 7 Eider (S), 19 Red-throated Divers (S), 8 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Storm Petrel (S), 11 Leach's Petrels (S), 15 Fulmars (S), 3 Sooty Shearwaters (S), 96 Manx Shearwaters (S), 162 Gannets (159S 3N), 2 Shag (1S 1N), 1 Cormorant (S), 6 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Arctic Tern (S), 1 Pomarine Skua [adult pale morph (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 11 Razorbills (S) and 15 auk sp.
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 1, Common Buzzard 1 and Snipe 1
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Tristan, Isle of lewis:

Reasonable seawatch at Labost this morning in westerly 6-7 and squally showers. Totals flying SW in 3 hrs:
Sooty Shearwater 32
Red-throated Diver 19
Great Northern Diver 1
Bonxie 4
Arctic Skua 2
Brent Goose 40
Pintail 15
Wigeon 2

Most of the above went through in the first hours after sunrise. Hundreds of Gannets and Fulmars but only 18 Manx and 5 Kittiwakes. Also a Minke Whale.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Andrew, South Uist

Seawatch off Ardvule 4:45pm-5:30pm all heading south:

Leach’s petrel 7
Sooty shearwater 2
Red-throated diver 1
Arctic Tern 1 juv
Kittiwake 1
Manxie 88
Gannet 100+

Single Lapland Bunting and c90 black-tailed Godwits on Bornish machair


Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
I have always seen Collared Doves arrive in Askernish, sometimes in large numbers, only to be gone the next day and wondered where they went. I therefore began to colour ring them several years ago and at last one has been seen, and in the most unlikely of places. Yesterday I received information from David Cooper & Brenda Kay to say that they had seen a colour ringed bird [A13] in their garden in Norwick, Unst, Shetland!

A13 was ringed 30-June-2017 at Askernish and had travelled a distance of 552 miles in 437 days

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Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
A confiding Lapland Bunting was feeding along the strandline on the beach at Eoligarry today close to the remains of the whale. A Cuckoo was seen briefly on roadside wires at Northbay this morning before flying off north, complete with Meadow Pipit escorts! 17 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Short-eared Owl flew south out at sea past Brevig this evening.

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Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
Around 2 hours spent seawatching at Aird an Runair, North Uist (after 09.00 hours) and a little movement SW included: a flock of at least 160 Brent Geese, a Leach's Petrel, 17 Red-throated Divers and an Arctic Tern. Juvenile Gannets are now starting to pass through. Yesterday in 2 hours a couple of Great Skuas drifted N and 26 Red-throated Divers flew SW.
_DSC6141.JPG Part of the flock of Brent Geese.