National Rarity 29th March 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 29th March 2018. Updated throughout the day

St. Kilda
An adult drake ***Hooded Merganser*** has been seen on Fire Pond, Hirta today

Hooded Merganser, courtesy of the Soay Sheep project, St Kilda

Stornoway, Isle of lewis
12 Iceland Gulls (at least 1 adult) and 5 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were in the harbour / Goat Island area today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Weather: Wind SSE backing ESE F 1-2, initially some cloud but clear, bright and sunny later. Temp 2C - 5C
A 3.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 52 Barnacle Geese (N), 66 Wooper Swans (N, flocks of 16, 15, 7 & 28), 22 Eider (10S 12N), 1 Fulmar (N), 29 Gannets (5S 24N), 51 Shag (10S 41N), 2 Cormorants (N), 1 Turnstone (N - high over the sea), 1 Black-headed Gull (N - arriving off sea from the south), 1 Guillemot (N) and 5 auk sp (2S 3N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 10, Wigeon 49, Tufted Duck 4, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Great Northern Diver 6, Shag 23, Cormorant 15, Black-headed Gull 15, Common Gull 60, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 2, Skylark 7, Meadow Pipit 2 and Twite 35

South Glandale, South Uist
A Great Tit was in a garden there

A Wheatear was at the ferry terminal this afternoon


Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
At least 200 pink-footed geese flew high north-west over Barra this morning. The white-billed diver was again off Eoligarry jetty late afternoon and a snow bunting was on the beach there. An adult and 2 juv Iceland gulls were at Ardveenish. A scan from Ardmhor ferry terminal produced 14 slavonian grebes, mostly in summer plumage. A woodcock was at Ardmhor plantation.


Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
Nothing a fraction as exciting as the St Kilda bird but there are definitely two ♂ Green-winged Teals on North Uist - both together on Loch a' Roe (Aird an Runair) this morning. I only assumed there was one and it wasn't until I downloaded photos to the computer I found I had taken one of both together.
A flock of nine Whooper Swans together with 18 Greylags flew N at 10.55 hours.
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Likes: Chris Johnson


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Ness news from tony Marr:-
There were two *White-billed Divers* off the harbour at Skigersta this evening. One was in non-breeding plumage, like the two seen in recent days. The other was an adult in semi-breeding plumage, with a smudgy black head and well patterned white chequers on the upper parts. Three different birds then, in the last four days.