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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Scoloaig, North Uist
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig this morning and again in the afternoon

Tigharry, North Uist
A juvenile Iceland Gull was seen there in a field amongst Herring Gulls

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A 2CY Little Gull was on the beach this morning. 4 Pomarine and 3 Arctic Skuas were also seen

Loch Mor, Bembecula
The 2 Canada Geese and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were seen there today. 43 Whimbrel were nearby at Torlum

Peter's Port, Benbecula
11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew west this morning

Loch Bee, South Uist
A pair of Scaup were seen there today

Daliburgh, South Uist
Circa 70 Whimbrel were on the machair there with another circa 50 at Kilpheder

Allasdale, Barra
The juvenile Kunlien's Gull was there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:25-10:20
Weather: Wind WSW - SW f6. Mainly sunny, occasional brief showers. Temp10 - 12c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 20 Fulmar (17S 3N), 21 Manx Shearwaters (S), 57 Gannets (43S 14N), 2 Shag (1S 1N), 180 Kittiwakes (178S 2N), 7 Guillemots (S), 7 Razorbills (S), 2 Puffin (S), and 32 auk sp (23S 9N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Shelduck 1, Tufted Duck 8, Eider 7, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 23, Whimbrel 2, Turnstone 85, Sanderling 60, Dunlin 50, Little Tern 3, Arctic Tern 35, Sand Martin 16, Wheatear 3, and Pied Wagtail 3
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