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Local Rarity 13th December 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Linshader, Isle of Lewis
the *Firecrest* first seen on 26th November is still finding Linshader to its liking

Brevig, Barra
A Hawfinch seen there this morning - See Bruce's post below

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (S), 2 Long-tailed Duck (S), 8 Red-throated Divers (6S 2N), 1 Great Northern diver (S), 8 Gannets (7S 1N), 20 Shag (1S 19N), 1 Cormorant (S) and 8 Kittiwake (S). Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 7, Wigeon 15, Tufted Duck 29, Long-tailed Duck 2, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 13, Snipe 1, Meadow Pipit 4, Rock Pipit 1.

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Firecrest courtesy of Andy Laffan


Senior Member
I nearly choked on my breakfast this morning when I glanced out of the window and noticed a hawfinch on my garden fence! It flew off after a few moments but I heard it call nearby about half an hour later. My garden feeders are well stocked so hopefully it'll put in another appearance. Otherwise it was business as usual on Barra; the juv Iceland gull and second winter glaucous gull were both at Ardveenish, 93 brent geese were on Traigh Mhor and c40 redwings were scattered around the island.

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Always Birding
Today was the first time this winter that I have seen the Greenland White-fronted Geese here at Askernish. Seven years ago they numbered 70+, today there were sadly only 8!

Greenland White-fronts at Askernish


Senior Member
During a late afternoon visit to the Rubh' Arnal area, North Uist there was an Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull and at least one Lapland Bunting with Skylarks near the fish dump.
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