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OH Bird Recorder
A second day of "New Year Birding" began with a walk around at North Locheynort. It was fairly quiet there though sighting of the day was a Golden Eagle being mobbed by a Hen Harrier. Shag, Dunnock and Sparrowhawk were added to the list at Locheynort as well as the Golden Eagle.

Flushed a Woodcock at Druidibeg - very little else there - it seemed to have the reserve pretty much to itself.

Other species added to the list today were Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Grey Plover, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Black-headed Gull. 42 Barnacle Geese were at Iochdar by Hebridean Jewellerey

Year list now stands at 68 species and we haven't made it out of south Uist tomorrow.

Heading over to Barra tomorrow do a little birding there and drop some of the new Bird Reports at Bùth Bharraigh

Merlin on the beach at Northbay, eyeing up the many waders that were roosting there


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan, Isle of Lewis

Yesterday (Jan 1st), a single Black-tailed Godwit was with Curlews at Loch Ordais - unusual on Lewis in winter. Also a Mute Swan and 150 Wigeon.

Today (2nd) in Stornoway, an adult Iceland Gull was below Cross Street - the first I've seen here this winter.
Other sightings included: 2 pairs of Shoveler at Steinish, 430 Wigeon on the north side of Stornoway, inc. Steinish, 1 Little Grebe at Goat Island and a flock of 120 Brambling around the golf course