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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th January 2021

Loch Branahuie, Lewis
A 2CY Iceland Gull was seen there today

Balranald, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** were again seen there today by Loch nam Feithean

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again seen on the loch while the *Snow Goose* was in fields just a little further to the south this afternoon

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
4+ Glaucous Gulls (including 3 juveniles + 3CY) and 2 Iceland Gulls (juvenile + 3CY) were there today. Another Glaucous Gull was seen at Kyles Paible

Traigh Eais, Barra
The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still there feeding on the dead sperm whale

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:25-10:50
Weather: Wind NE f1, bright and sunny. Temp 0 - 2C

A 1+ Hour seawatch produced 2 Eider (S), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 11 Shag (2S 9N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 2 Razorbills (S).
Also present in the area were Shelduck 2, Wigeon 37, Tufted Duck 21, Eider 1, Long-tailed Duck 3, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 6, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 12, Golden Plover 2, Curlew 9, Black-headed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 7 and Skylark 8

Glaucous Gull (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts
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