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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Skigersta, Isle of Lewis
A Fieldfare was there today

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
The juvenile Iceland Gull was seen again at Loch Airigh na Lic. 75 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare were in the area. A single Brambling is visiting a garden feeder in the town

Rubh’ Arnal, North Uist
A 3CY Iceland Gull and 103 Brent Geese were there. A Snow Bunting was nearby at Kyles Paible and a Fieldfare was at Knockintorran

Balranald, North Uist
The ***Cackling Goose*** was seen there again amongst the Barnacle Geese

Coot Loch, Benbecula
2 Scaup and 2 Pintail were there today. A Pink-footed Goose was also in the area and a Glaucous Gull was nearby at Stinky Bay

Peter's Port, Benbencula
A single Fieldfare was seen there today

Howmore, South Uist
A juvenile Glaucous Gull was present on the beach. 8 Pied Wagtails were also in the area

Bruernish, Isle of Barra
The *Glossy Ibis* was there again today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00-11:10
Weather: Wind N-NNE f4, variable cloud, prolonged sunny periods. Temp 4 c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 13 Gannets (1S 12N), 99 Shag (6S 93N), 3 Cormorants (1S 2N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 17 Great Black-backed Gulls (1S 16N), and 2 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 32, Tufted Duck 6, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Hen Harrier 1, White-tailed Eagle 1, Purple Sandpiper 108, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 5, Skylark 2, Twite 160, and Snow Bunting 1
Well we managed to creak and groan our way up to a nice round 60 spp for the year so far, added a few more species to my local patch list. The two Siskin mentioned by @Robyn PF were still at Locheynort this morning - quite productive there adding the Siskin, Robin, Goldcrest, Kestrel, Stonechat and Wren. A single Fieldfare flew across the road in front of us at Ormiclate, a pair of Goldeneye were on Loch Bornish and c25 Purple Sandpipers were at Ardvule.

Surprisingly calm at Locheynort this morning and the light was beautiful.