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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th July 2022. Updated throughout the day

Ardivachar, South Uist
The Viking Gull was again on the beach this morning. The 2CY Little Gull remains nearby on Loch an t-Saile

Loch Bee, South Uist
A Wood Sandpiper was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning



OH Bird Recorder
Good to find a Wood Sandpiper at the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning (first July record for South Uist).
Also on the loch were good numbers of Mute Swans, I counted c400 though a couple of days ago John Love had counted over 600! A total of five Whooper Swans were there. A few waders around with 35 Dunlin and 30+ Redshank, I was surprised to see 75 Golden Plover - were they coming or going I wonder?

The Little Gull was still with Black-headed Gulls on Loch an t-Saile.

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