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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
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#1
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
Two Snow Buntings were seen there late morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05-11:30
Weather: Wind WSW veering W f6 gust f7. 8/8 cloud, occasional light shower. Temp 7-8c.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (S), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (1S 1N), 10 Gannets (S), 12 Shags (3S 9N), 4 Cormorants (1S 3N), 5 Kittiwakes (S), 9 Common Gulls (S) and 1 Razorbill (S).
Also present in the area were Barnacle Goose 2, Greylag Goose 148, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 117, Tufted Duck 14, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 12, Common Buzzard 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 31, Purple Sandpiper 70, Black-headed Gull 1, Twite 24 and Linnet 2
 
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Bruce

Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
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#2
Some belated news from Barra.

On 12th November I found Britain's first Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Barra. From its behaviour it appeared to be fresh in and in all likelihood had arrived that morning on a fast-moving weather system that had come off of North America 24 hours previously. The bird remained until 19th and is now gone. Under normal circumstances we would have released the news quickly, so enabling other birders to see it. However these aren't normal times thanks for Covid; the obvious risks to our island's community meant the news couldn't be released at the time.
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YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
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#3
Some belated news from Barra.

On 12th November I found Britain's first Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Barra. From its behaviour it appeared to be fresh in and in all likelihood had arrived that morning on a fast-moving weather system that had come off of North America 24 hours previously. The bird remained until 19th and is now gone. Under normal circumstances we would have released the news quickly, so enabling other birders to see it. However these aren't normal times thanks for Covid; the obvious risks to our island's community meant the news couldn't be released at the time.
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Fantastic find @Bruce and totally understand you not being able to release the news - you did the right thing for your community and i'm glad to see that you have been getting a lot of support for your decision on Twitter :)