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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A *Green-winged Teal* was present this morning

Knockintorran, North Uist
3 Pink-footed Geese were there today

Baleshare, North Uist
A Lapland Bunting and 4+ Snow Buntings were seen on the island today

Loch Bee, South Uist
60+ Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the west bank of the loch

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:35-11:40
Weather: Wind S f3, 8/8 cloud, slow moving showers developing, murky at sea for a spell before brightening. Temp 9-10c.

A three hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Wigeon (S), 8 Eider (S), 6 Common Scoter (1S 5N), 7 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 10 Red-throated Divers (S), 5 Great Northern Divers (S), 23 Gannets (S), 19 Shag (6S 13N), 27 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Black-headed Gull (S), 23 Common Gulls (S), 17 Great Black-backed Gulls (S), 51 Herring Gulls (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S) and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 12, Tufted Duck 27, Red-throated Diver 3, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 26, Purple Sandpiper 4 and Rock Pipit 2
Likes: John Hansford


Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
A few late migrants on Barra today. A flock of 21 Whoopers Swans flew south over Castlebay this afternoon and a further 22 were on Loch Tangasdale. Around 200 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Bramblings and a Woodcock were around the island and 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, a Common Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a Treecreeper were by the football pitch.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Tristan:-

Yesterday (14th), a group of 5 Whitefronts flew south over the Braigh, near Stornoway.

Today, a male Gadwall paired with a female Wigeon was on Loch Ordais. Presumably this is the same bird as seen in previous winters. Also a Grey Plover (not a common bird on Lewis) on the beach there.

Nearby there were 5 Whooper Swans on Loch Arnol and 9 Purple Sandpipers in the bay there.

Still getting daily visits to my garden in Stornoway from 1 or 2 Hawfinches, which have been present for 3 weeks now.
Likes: John Hansford


OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
WeBS counts today, a grey, drizzly start to the day but much improved later :)

35 species at Loch Bee, highlights and high counts:-

c380 Mute Swans, c600 Wigeon, 100+ Lapwings, 500+ Golden Plover, 63 Greenland White-fronts, 8 Whooper Swans, 1 White-tailed Eagle, 1 Merlin, c140 Skylarks, 14 Linnet, 12 Twite, 13 Meadow Pipits

26 species at the South Ford, highlights and high counts:-

42 Redshank, 165 Grey Plover, 14 Great Black-backed Gulls, c300 Dunlin, 28 Knot, c40 ringed Plover


Balgarva: 5 Pied Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit, 12 Meadow Pipits and many Sanderling, Dunlin and Ringed Plover

Stinky Bay: 60 Redshank, 60 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Turnstone, 50 Sanderling, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Rock Pipit

Loch Mor: 14 Whooper Swan, 32+ Lapwing, 1 Snipe plus Teal, Mallard, Tufted duck and Wigeon

Loch Fada: 43 Lapwing, Mallard, wigeon and Tufted Duck. Field nearby 12 Redwings and 4 Fieldfare

Coot Loch: 34 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, Wigeon, Mallard, Tufted duck, Teal, 5 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Greenland white-front flying south over the loch

South Ford, late afternoon sunshine.
Likes: John Hansford