Local Rarity 13th April 2018

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
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Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 13th April 2018. Sightings updated throughout the day.

Loch Paible, North Uist
A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was at Loch Paible this morning.

Balranald, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was at Loch a' Roe, Balranald. Nearby a Willow Warbler was singing in Hougharry.

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Seawatch this morning 06:55 - 09:25
Weather: Wind SE backing ESE f1, 8/8 cloud, dull, murky out to sea. Temp 8.1 - 9.5C

Barnacle Geese 214N, Eider 3S, Red-throated Diver 1S 2N, Fulmar 7S, Manx Shearwater 5S 2N, Gannet 20S 31N, Shag 2S 32N, Cormorant 2S, Kittiwake 11S 1N, Great Skua 1S, Razorbill 5S 4N, Puffin 15S 53N.

Also present: Greylag Goose 2, Shelduck 8, Wigeon 20, Tufted Duck 10, Eider 42, Long-tailed Duck 3, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Great Northern Diver 24, Grey Heron 1, Shag 12, Cormorant 21, Common Buzzard 1, Kumlien's Gull 1 (3cy), Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 17, Twite 52 (plus 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins)

St. Kilda
The latest news about the ***Hooded Merganser*** is that it was last seen on 11th April on Fire Pond then it was seen flying away.
 

BrianR

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Feb 7, 2017
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Some Lewis news from Bob Wemyss: a ♀ Marsh Harrier was just to the N of Barvas yesterday while at Loch Ordais today there was a pair of Mute Swans (quite a scarce visitor to Lewis with the first breeding record only in 2007), seven Shelduck (bred here last year), the Wigeon flock (54 at the last count) have departed, a Glaucous Gull and a sole Goldfinch appeared on the rocks beside the loch. Also today a pair of Great Tits were at their usual location in the trees beside Marybank Lodge (two have also been coming regularly to a bird feeder in his Willowglen Road garden as have a ♂ and ♀ Brambling).

Re our earliest ever Little Terns on the 9th (there was also one seen on Tiree on this date) I later heard from Graham Robertson that he was able to better this by a day (one was over the beach at Traigh nam Faoghailean, North Uist).

_DSC3843.JPG A distant shot of a Slavonian Grebe off the Carinish shore (one or two in summer plumage appear here every year in April).