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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 26th March 2018. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
A female Wheatear was seen early this morning and a male Wheatear was seen early afternoon on Balranald reserve. A single Snow Bunting was on the beach at Aird an Runair.

Loch Paible, North Uist
18 Whooper Swans were seen late afternoon plus a further 26 stopped off at Loch Sandary.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Weather: Wind S F2, mostly bright and sunny. Temp 1.6 - 7C.
A three hour seawatch this morning produced 12 Barnacle Geese (N), 11 Eider (6S 5N), 2 Red-throated Divers (1S 1N), 1 Manx Shearwater (N), 72 Gannets (7S 65N), 62 Shag (13S 49N), 3 Cormorants (2S 1N), 14 Oystercatchers (N), 8 Kittiwakes (2s 6N), 1 Great Skua (S), 1 Guillemot (N), 1 Razorbill (N), 9 auk sp (2S 7N) and 2 Skylarks (S)
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Shelduck 12, Wigeon 42, Teal 1, Tufted Duck 2, Red-breasted Merganser 7, Red-throated Diver 3, Great Northern Diver 19, Shag 18, Cormorant 9, Golden Plover 1, Snipe 1, Sanderling 130, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Rock Pipit 2 and Otter 1

Chris Johnson

Senior Member

Two small skeins of Barnacle Geese this morning (22 and 20) heading north. A small indication of some migration.


Senior Member
A skein of geese (ca.30) also headed N off Aird an Runair, North Uist in the late morning (too far out for specific identification). The ♂ Green-winged Teal was present again on Loch a' Roe and there were three Snow Buntings with a Twite flock between the headland and RSPB visitor centre.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Ness news from Tony Marr:-

After five weeks of very little bird activity, today saw the first significant arrivals and departures of the spring on a lovely calm sunny day.

Port of Ness
Whooper Swan – two flew in off the sea SE-NW early in the morning and flew towards Loch Stiapavat.

Loch Stiapavat
Barnacle Goose – 92 today was the largest number so far this year (usually 70-80).
Whooper Swan – two have been present for several weeks: in late afternoon they took off and went off out to sea to NW over the Butt.
Moorhen – one present now since 20th.

The Butt
Whooper Swan – 9 came up the Minch from SE (0845) and headed on past the lighthouse and off out to sea to the NW out of sight.
Hen Harrier – one ringtail.
Iceland Gull - 2nd–W on the pool near the lighthouse.
Bonxie – one W-E past the lighthouse was the first of the year.
Snow Bunting – 3 (one male) on clifftop SW of the lighthouse.

*WHITE-BILLED DIVER* - In late afternoon two about 500 yards off the pier, their yellowish bills shining in the sunlight.