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Chris Johnson

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WEBs count, Ardivachar.
Not too optomistic this morning as the tide has already ebbs somewhat by 0900hrs. However, it proved otherwise.
A large number of gulls on the seaweed, mostly herring gulls (c900), 32 common gulls, 42 black-headed gulls and 5 greaters.
Waders: 40 purple sandpipers, 87 oystercatchers, 2 curlews, 650 bar-tailed godwits, 471 sanderlings, 10 turnstones, 23 ringed plovers.
Off-shore: 6 shelducks, 9 mallards, 30 long-tailed ducks, 9 common scoters, 1 great northern diver.


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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th January 2019. Epdated throughout the day

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:20 - 11:00
Weather: Wind NW F5-6, variable 3/8 - 6/8 cloud, sunny spells. Temp 6C.

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 1 Gannet (N), 10 Shag (3S 7N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 2 Kittiwakes (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 54, Shelduck 11, Wigeon 261, Teal 4, Cormorant 9, Golden Eagle 1 (sub-adult), White-tailed Eagle 2, Golden Plover 10, Rock Dove 12, Raven 2, andTwite 117


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A rather distant shot of the Canada and Cackling Goose at Balranald NR, North Uist today. They always appear to be together and have been in the area since early November last year.

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News from Andrew

Drake ring-necked duck on Loch Fada and a pair of pintail & 4 coots on Coot Loch. 9 gadwall and 26 shoveler in total between Coot Loch & Loch Fada.
Up to 48 goldfinches at my garden feeders of late.