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Always Birding
12 Greenland White-fronts were at Loch Hallan this morning and a juvenile Glaucous and Iceland Gull were on the beach at Milton early afternoon


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th February 2020. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
A Glaucous and Iceland Gull were at Traigh Iar and the drake Pintail was still on Loch a Roe

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Dunnock (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsyth


Senior Member
The Green-winged Teal was still at Ardmhor this afternoon and the Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale. Gull numbers seem to be very low on Barra at present; I've noticed in the past that numbers sometimes plummet during stormy weather. Perhaps they've moved across to Uist?


Always Birding
Strange that @Bruce should mention the gulls possibly moving to the Uists because there is an unusually large gathering at Kildonan at the moment. 500+ birds consisting mainly of Herring and Common Gulls but also 50+ Great Black-backs but it's hard work scanning them in this weather. There are also 600+ Starlings and 60+ Hooded Crows (unusually high count for South Uist), all of which makes for quite a spectacle!