5th May 2019

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th May 2019. Updated throughout the day

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A male Brambling is visiting feeders there

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
2 pairs of Grey Wagtail were seen along the River Creed in the Castle Grounds today and 2 Cuckoos were calling there.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:20 - 09:00
Weather: Wind N backing NW F3-4, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 6-7C.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Gadwall [males] (N), 2 Red-throated Divers (N), 27 Gannets (3S 24N), 1 Shag (N), 4 Cormorants (1S 3N), 1 Whimbrel (N), 26 Kittiwakes (N), 9 Arctic Terns (N), 1 Arctic Skua (N), 3 Guillemots (N), 15 Razorbills (N), 3 Puffins (N) and 48 auk sp (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 4, Shelduck 6, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 11, Eider 14, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 5, Cormorant 14, Whimbrel 3, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Knot 5, Sanderling 9, Dunlin 162, Snipe 1, Arctic Tern 8, Sand Martin 1, Wheatear 1 and White Wagtail 1. 3 Whooper Swans were nearby on Bornish machair

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

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Brambling (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsyth
 

Bruce

Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
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A marked influx of White Wagtails today including c80 on Vatersay this morning. Whimbrel were widespread on Barra and included a flock of 64 at Borve. Golden Plover have been very prominent over the past couple of weeks, the largest flock I saw today was 50 also at Borve. There were still c70 Long-tailed Ducks off Craigston and 50 or so off West Beach, Vatersay.

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MisterT

Always Birding
Feb 6, 2017
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A noticable influx of redpolls around the township today here at Askernish and the single Pink-footed Goose is still to be found with greylags on the machair

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Willow Warbler
 

BrianR

Senior Member
Feb 7, 2017
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There was little moving N during a seawatch at Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning (09.25-10.55 hours). Sightings included four Common Scoter, four single Red-throated Divers, two single Arctic Skuas, same for Great Skuas, 18 Kittiwakes, a Black Guillemot and also 85 Arctic Terns probably moved N (feeding and slowly moving through). Also noted were two lingering Barnacle Geese and two Canada Geese (subspecies unknown) flew over and were later on the water off Hougharry.

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