Local Rarity 24th October 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 24th October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Oban Trumisgarry, North Uist
A female *American Wigeon* was reported today.

1,500+ Barnacle Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese were seen there today

Lochmaddy, North Uist
3 Siskins were there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A seawatch today between 07:05 - 11:05
Weather: Wind W F6, 8/8 cloud, dull and murky, light drizzle. Temp 10C

A 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 18 Barnacle Goose (S), 8 Gannets (S), 2 Eider (S), 8 Shag (N), 4 Long-tailed Duck (S), 10 Kittiwake (S), 2 Red-throated Diver (1S 1N), 4 Common Gulls (S), 16 Great Northern Divers (S), 2 auk sp (S) and 10 Leach's Petrels (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 120, Teal 8, Tufted Duck 3, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Cormorant 22, Snipe 23 and Merlin 1. 25 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby on Bornish machair.
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Tony Marr at Ness

Continuing westerly gale and most birds trying to find and stay in shelter!

Butt of Lewis
Sooty Shearwater – 1 E-W past the lighthouse (0930)
Snow Bunting – 3 still around the lighthouse, mostly inside the compound

Whooper Swan - 8 adults present on the marsh by the road for most of the day; 2 juvs on Loch Stiapabhat