23rd November 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 23rd November 2018

Hirta, St Kilda
A Jack Snipe was seen in the village yesterday

Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis
45 Greenland White-fronted Geese (including 8 juveniles) were there today and several Snow Buntings were nearby on the machair A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags at Barvas

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
A Coot and 2 Barnacle Geese were on and around the loch

South Glendale, South Uist
3 Blackcaps were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:00 - 10:40
Weather: Wind ENE f3-4, 8/8 high cloud. Temp 7.2C

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 17 Eider, (S), 3 Long-tailed Duck (S), 12 Red-throated Divers (5S 7N), 3 Great Northern Divers (2S 1N), 70 Shag (4S 66N), 2 Cormorants (S), 15 Knot (S), 1 Kittiwake (N), 5 Rock Doves (S - in off the sea), 1 Hooded Crow (flew out to sea) and 2 Ravens (S - in off the sea).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 63, Wigeon 28, Teal 12, Tufted Duck 14, Long-tailed Duck 4, Goldeneye 3, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 7, Great Northern Diver 3, Hen Harrier 1 [Male], Common Buzzard 1, Oystercatcher 76, Lapwing 22, Curlew 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 13, Turnstone 38, Purple Sandpiper 12, Snipe 2, Redshank 24, Hooded Crow 7, Raven 8, Skylark 3 and Rock Pipit 3. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch Bornish


Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
A very noticable influx of wildfowl especially mallard, teal and tufted duck around Askernish today, probably a result of the cold weather on the mainland. Also new today were 70+ Twite and 40+ Skylark on the machair. The Chiffchaff was still in the township and a Slavonian Grebe was just offshore at the beach, a non too regular sight.

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