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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Baleshare, North Uist
5 Snow Buntings were amongst the Twite this afternoon

Clachan, South Uist
The Little Egret was at the north end of loch Bee this morning

Askernish, South Uist
A Chiffchaff was in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:45 - 10:50
Weather: Wind WSW f5-6, 8/8 cloud, initially light showers clearing. Temp 5-6C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (3S 1N), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (1S 1N), 4 Great Northern Divers (3S 1N), 3 Gannets (1S 2N), 34 Shag (3S 31N) and 3 Cormorants (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 114, Mallard 93, Teal 22, Tufted Duck 7, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 20, Sanderling 12, Purple Sandpiper 110, Rock Dove 15 and Hooded Crow 11
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Chris Johnson

Senior Member
WeBS today at Ardivachar was quiet with a strong onshore wind and high tide. It did mean the purple sandpipers were flighting, with the best count of the year so far of c.200.
North Bay was more sheltered and had a large influx of sanderlings of c.650. Bar-tailed godwits were down at 120, oystercatchers 25, tunstones 50 and an exceptional count of redshanks of 35.
Hardly any gulls at either site.