25th April 2019

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th April 2019. Updated throughout the day

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A chiffchaff was heard singing there today and 2 Redpolls were visiting garden feeders there

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
Circa 40 Common Scoters and 20 Long-tailed Ducks were seen in the sound today. A single Barnacle Goose was also present in amongst Greylags

Balranald, North Uist
2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 27 Whimbrel and several White Wagtails were present

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:00 - 10:00
Weather: Wind SSE F5, mostly sunny. Temp 10 - 12C.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 6 Fulmars (4S 2N), 1 Manx Shearwater (N), 57 Gannets (35S 22N), 2 Shag (N), 1 Cormorant (N), 8 Whimbrel (N), 35 Kittiwakes (19S 16N), 2 Arctic Terns (S), 1 Great Skua (N), 1 Arctic Skua (N), 21 Razorbills (11S 10N), 75 Puffins (58S 17N), 20 auk sp (5S 15N) and 1 Meadow Pipit (Flew West out to sea).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Tufted Duck 10, Eider 12, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 13, Grey Plover 1, Whimbrel 2, Sand Martin 3, Wheatear 3, White Wagtail 4 and Meadow Pipit 4
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Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
On Barra there was a Pink-footed Goose and 3 Whooper Swans still at Eoligarry and at least 4 Blackcaps in the churchyard there. Another Pink-foot was at Loch Tangasdale. Around 50 Long-tailed Ducks were still off Craigston. My first Sedge Warbler of the year was singing at Grean and 6 Blackcaps were at Creachan. The Great Tit moved north again to Northbay Plantation. At least 3 Merlins flew north over the island this morning; this has been something of a feature in the past few days and perhaps involves Icelandic breeders.

Oct 13, 2018
Loch Bhrusda, Berneray this afternoon - Canada Goose and 2 Barnacles amongst the Greylag. East Beach Berneray had a Little Tern and at least one White Wagtail.

Loch an Sticir - 2 Common Terns this afternoon.

Tigharry this morning - Arctic Skua being seen off by pretty much everything else in the area. Black Tailed Godwits still present this evening.

Recorded 54 species today which I think is the most we’ve ever noted in a day here!