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10th December 2017

Chris Johnson

Senior Member
WeBS count today.
Ardivachar beach has been scoured so little in the way of waders. 30+ Purple Sandpipers were nice in among the rocks. There were 15 Long-tailed Ducks off-shore.
North Bay is contining to shine with 600+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 290 Sanderlings, 1 Knot, 35 Oystercatchers, 160 Turnstones, 41 Ringed Plovers, 14 Redshanks, and a Gannet.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Borve Point, Benbecula
A female Pintail was seen today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch in chill (-1.0 C) but bright and sunny conditions produced 4 Long-tailed Ducks (3S 1N), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 17 Red-throated Divers (3S 14N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 4 Gannets (2S 2N), 55 Shag (7S 48N), 3 Cormorants (S) and 10 Kittiwakes (2S 8N). Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 17, Wigeon 23, Mallard 71, Teal 16, Tufted Duck 29, Eider 14, Long-tailed Duck 5, Goldeneye 3, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 16, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 22, Golden Plover 15, Snipe 9, Bar-tailed Godwit 12, Curlew 8, Purple Sandpiper 65, Black-headed Gull 3, Hooded Crow 3, Skylark 20, Meadow Pipit 8, Rock Pipit 10, Twite 65, Otter 1


Always Birding
On a bright, calm but chill morning, Whooper Swans numbers had increased to 37 at Loch Hallan but they were finding it difficult to find open water. Six Snow Buntings were on the beach at Askernish

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Senior Member
At Rubh' Arnal, North Uist this morning the two Iceland Gulls and one Glaucous Gull were again noted, also a couple of Pied Wagtails and five Snow Buntings flew over. At the fish dump there were 13 Corn Buntings with another 25 at nearby Balemore. The population has been in serious decline in the last few years.
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