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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th July 2022. Updated throughout the day

The Braighe, Stornoway, Lewis
an immature Glaucous Gull was seen flying along the Braighe at 8.55pm this evening.

Tiumpan Head, Lewis
A group of 25+ Twite at Tiumpan today and regularly seen over the last two weeks

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:15-10:00
Weather: Wind variable WSW - W f5-6, 8/8 cloud. Temp 13c.

A near 3 hour seatwatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 2 Storm Petrels (S), 85 Manx Shearwaters (84S 1N), 48 Gannets (38S 10N), 1 Shag (S), 3 Bar-tailed Godwits (S - offshore), 11 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (S), 2 Arctic Skuas (S), 5 Guillemots (S), 29 Razorbills (S), 5 Puffins (S), and 18 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 15, Eider 4, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 12, Oystercatcher 93, Ringed Plover 16, Curlew 5, Turnstone 23, Sanderling 4, Arctic Tern 3, Razorbill 6 (adults with chicks loitering offshore)