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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 13th December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20 - 10:35
Weather: Wind SSE F7 gust f9. 8/8 cloud. Temp 5.5C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 40 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 16 Red-throated Divers (S), 7 Great Northen Divers (S), 2 Gannets (S), 4 Shag (1S 3N) and 2 Kittiwakes (1S 1N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 34, Wigeon 6, Tufted Duck 6, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 22, Golden Plover 9, Snipe 1, Black-headed Gull 1 and Rock Pipit 1


Senior Member
On a brief visit to Loch Sandary, North Uist in the early afternoon the long-staying Green-winged Teal was closer to the track on the S side of the loch than usual no doubt due to the SSE F6-7 wind.