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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Grenitote, North Uist
20 Snow Buntings were on the machair there.

Malaclate, North Uist
A juvenile Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 2 hybrid Canada x Barnacle Geese were amongst Barnacles

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50 - 11:00
Weather: Wind SSE backing S f3. 8/8 cloud, rain at first soon easing. Temp 5-6C.

A 2+ hour seawatch produced 10 Eider (7S 3N), 2 Common Scoters [adult males} (S), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Gannet (S), 22 Shag (7S 15N) and 15 Cormorants (14S 1N).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 39, Teal 19, Tufted Duck 15, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Grey Heron 1, Shag 13, Cormorant 18, Bar-tailed Godwit 22, Sanderling 16, Hooded Crow 4, Raven 6, Meadow Pipit 1, Rock Pipit 2 and Twite 2