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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th Novemebr 2019. Updated throughout the day

Loch Paible, North Uist
4 Snow Buntings were seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:55 - 12:30
Weather: Wind SE - ESE f 1-2, initially 5/8 cloud with prolonged sunny spells later. Temp -2C increasing to 3C.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 2 Gannets (N) and 24 Shag (2S 22N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 147, Teal 22, Tufted Duck 12, Eider 8, Long-tailed Duck 96, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 31, Great Northern Diver 10, Cormorant 4, Hen Harrier 1, White-tailed Eagle 2, Lapwing 65, Golden Plover 43, Ringed Plover 85, Bar-tailed Godwit 22, Knot 1, Sanderling 78, Dunlin 72, Purple Sandpiper 57, Snipe 12, Black-headed Gull 2, Common Gull 110, Hooded Crow 11, Raven 2, Skylark 33, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 16, Rock Pipit 9 and Snow Bunting 17
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Always Birding
The Waxwing was joined by a male Blackcap today here at Askernish and so had to share the apples. A Goldcrest caught yesterday had previously been ringed by Mark Oksien on 13th October 2019 at Creachan, Barra



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Whooper Swans still seem to be on the move. There were a few new birds dotted around Barra today and a flock of 14 flew high south over Vatersay this afternoon. The Ring-necked Duck and 15 Whoopers were on Loch Tangasdale still, 2 Common Redpolls were at Northbay and the 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas.