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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th March 2019. Updated throughout the day.

Balranald, North Uist
A flock of 500 Twite were seen there today

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again seen on the loch. Also a single Pink-footed Goose was nearby

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
2 adult Glaucous Gulls and 28 Light-bellied Brent Greese where there before being disturbed by a White-tailed Eagle and moving off towards the Monarch Isles

Carinish, North Uist
A Brambling was seen there today

Coot Loch, Benbecula
14 Black-tailed Godwits and a pair of Pintail were on the loch at midday

Bornish, South Uist
102 Whooper Swans were on the flooded machair early afternoon

Daliburgh, South Uist
Whooper Swans again on the move with 100+ flying north early this morning with a further 120+ moving north late afternoon over Askernish

South Glendale, South Uist
The Great Tit is still in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:45 - 10:15
Weather: Wind W F2, 7/8 high cloud, misty at distance, sunny spells. Temp 7.4C - 8.3C.

A 1.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese (N), 314 Whooper Swans(N), 2 Eider (N), 6 Gannets (3S 3N), 7 Shag (S), 14 Oystercatchers (N) and 1 Razorbill (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 4, Wigeon 24, Tufted Duck 4, Red-breasted Merganser 8, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 13, White-tailed Eagle [juvenile] 1, Common Buzzard 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 11, Black-headed Gull 12, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 4, Pied Wagtail 1 and Meadow Pipit 2
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On Barra 23 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Brevig at 7.30 this morning. My first Great Skua of the year was lingering off Ardmhor this afternoon where there were also 3 sum plum Slavonian Grebes.


Always Birding
WeBS today around Loch Bee was quiet as expected at this time of year but interesting as the visible signs of Spring begin to appear. Mute Swan numbers were down from last month at 320 but 38 Whoopers were found amongst them. Tufted Duck were more numerous at 179 with Wigeon down to 286. There were also 91 Teal, 62 Mallard 1 Goldeneye and 8 Scaup [4 pairs] on the loch. Redshank [74] and Oystercatcher [144] were more evident as were Black-headed Gulls [48] and Common Gulls [83]. 80 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 112 Golden Plover were on the west bank and 4 Redwing were seen moving north.

South Ford was again “quiet” with 54 Grey Plover, 18 Knot and 17 Whoopers being the only birds of note.

Whooper Swan