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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th April 2021. Updated throughout the day

Ness area, Lewis
Circa 200 Pink-feet, 200 Whooper Swans and hundreds of Redwing curently grounded in the area due to the bad weather

Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
29 Pink-feet, five Barnacle Geese and 37 Whoopers were there this morning with circa 100 Redwings in the area

Baleshare, North Uist
The drake Scaup is still to be found on Loch Mor

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:30-09:10
Weather: Wind N f 6-7, 7/8 cloud, dull with poor visibility at times during frequent sleet/snow showers. Temp 1c.
A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (N), 25 Gannets (7S 18N), 3 Kittiwakes (N), 6 Razorbills (N) and 2 auk sp (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Shelduck 2, Shoveler 1, Wigeon 42, Tufted Duck 9, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Black-tailed Godwit 8 and Raven 1


Senior Member
A drake Green-winged Teal was still at Ardmhor this afternoon. Several small groups of Whooper Swans were grounded around the island along with large numbers of Redwings. A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was at Brevig, perhaps the same individual I saw here a couple of weeks ago. Although inseparable from local Rock Pipits in autumn and winter, in spring some Scandinavian birds develop a subtle pink flush across the throat and breast as the breeding season approaches. They also have a cleaner looking grey mantle, crown and ear coverts than local birds and a bold white supercilium. This race must surely be overlooked on the Outer Hebrides.
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