26th March 2019

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th March 2019. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapavat, Ness, Isle of Lewis
3 Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen this morning as well as numerous Whooper Swans

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
A 2nd winter Iceland Gull and a Great Skua were seen there this morning

Loch Bee, South Uist
167 Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen there at midday

Loch Mor, Benbecula
291 Greenland white-fronted Geese were there early afternoon with 52 and 55 leaving to the north. 4 collar ringed birds were recorded amongst them. Also present were 38 Whooper Swans moving north and 1 Pink-footed Goose

Loch Fada, Benbecula
4 pairs of Gadwall, 7 Shoveler and a pair of Pintail were there today

Coot Loch, Benbecula
A pair of Gadwall, 4 Coot and 15 Black-tailed Godwits were on the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:35 - 09:20
Weather: Wind SW F 4-5, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 8.2 - 8.8C.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Greenland White-fronted Geese (N), 4 Whooper Swans (N), 21 Eider (11S 10N), 1 Common Scoter (S), 7 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 17 Gannets (12S 7N), 29 Shag (N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 5 Black-headed Gulls (N), 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull (S) and 1 Razorbill (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 6, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 7, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 5, Shag 12, Cormorant 15, Common Buzzard 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 4, Purple Sandpiper 6, Black-headed Gull 11 [5 of which left high NW out to sea], Great Black-backed Gull 16 and Pied Wagtail 1
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Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
Having not seen a Greenland White-front on the ground throughout the winter in their usual fields here at Askernish, it was good to see two large skeins fly over today. The first containing 85 birds were heard long before they came into view and passed to the east while the second skein of 98 birds passed over the machair. Whoopers were also still on the move with 56 flying north early morning and another herd of 33 flying along the coast late morning. 8 Redwings also in the township

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Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
Some observations on North Uist today: a herd of 34 Whooper Swans came over just N of Clachan-a-Luib and continued towards Clettraval and later there were 49 on Loch Muilinn (Bayhead); a flock of 49 Greenland White-fronts were on the ground at Balemore while in the Rubh' Arnal area were 21 pale-bellied Brent Geese and single adult Iceland and Glaucous Gulls. David Bateson reeported a Wheatear at Clachan Sands.

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Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
There were 2 Greenland White-fronts among the Greylags at Eoligarry this morning. The parvipes type Canada Goose was still on Borve Point. 9 Woodpigeons were at Northbay, an impressive number for Barra!