Local Rarity 31st October 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 31st October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch Hosta, North Uist
A female type Common Scoter was seen on the loch

South Glendale, South Uist
A Brambling was in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:05 - 11:10
Weather: Wind WSW backing SW F4-5. Initially 8/8 cloud becoming sunny later. Temp 7.5 - 8.2C.

A 4+ hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Whooper Swans (S), 17 Eider (S), 1 long-tailed Duck (S), 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 12 Red-throated Divers (10S 2N), 36 Great Northern Divers (35S 1N), 1 *White-billed Diver* (S), 153 Gannets (152S 1N), 46 Shag (42S 4N), 2 Cormorants (S), 116 Kittiwakes (S), 6 Common Gulls (S), 15 Guillemots (S), 3 Razorbills (2S 1N), 1 Guillemot (S) and 18 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 56, Wigeon 16, Teal 33, Tufted Duck 23, Long-tailed Duck 3, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 16, Common Buzzard 1, Purple Sandpiper 14, Snipe 1, Merlin 1, Skylark 12, Rock Pipit 1, Twite 65
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Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
A late morning seawatch for less than 2 hours at Aird an Runair, North Uist included the following SW: three Red-throated Divers, 17 Great Northern Divers, 100 Gannets - only one juvenile (in three-quarters of an hour), a probable Grey Phalarope and 12 Skylarks (also a fairly compact flock of ca.30 passerines over the sea were probably this species). Also noted was a Jack Snipe, at least 20 Purple Sandpipers and a flock of ca.50 Twite over the rocks at end of headland (later there was a flock of some 200 on the stubble).

Near the RSPB Visitor Centre were two Brambling while a Coot on nearby Loch na Reivil was fairly unusual.