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

New Tolsta, Isle of Lewis
A drake Surf Scoter was reported as being offshore

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Stornoway landfill site

Aird an Runair, North Uist
16 Long-tailed Skuas flew north early morning. Circa 120 Long-tailed Skuas and 90 Pomarine Skuas had passed north by 13:00 with 75 Long-tailed and 12 Pomarine Skuas passing 14:30-15;30. In total, 320 Long-tailed Skuas and 64 Pomarine Skuas flew north between 09:30-16:00. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and juvenile Iceland were seen on the beach to the south. 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 24 Whimbrel were also on the reserve

Bayhead, North Uist
A *Hobby* was reported there today, seen from the Tractor Shed

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
The 2CY Viking Gull was still present this morning

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2 Canada Geese were in fields to the north of the bay

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:40-10:50
Weather: Wind WSW f6-7, mostly cloudy, brighter later. Temp 10 - 11c

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Red-throated Divers (1S 2N), 2 Great Northern Divers (1S 1N), 10 Fulmars (9S 1N), 1 Manx Shearwater (S), 78 Gannets (41S 37N), 4 Shag (1S 3N), 23 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 5 Razorbills (S), and 15 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 4, Wigeon 2, Tufted Duck 7, Eider 22, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 13, Arctic Tern 35, Hooded Crow 6, Sand Martin 7, and White Wagtail 1

Long-tailed Skua.jpg Hobby Bayhead NU 13-May 2022 Chris Sharp 2.jpg Hobby Bayhead NU 13-May 2022 Chris Sharp 4.jpg
Long-tailed Skua (C) Brian Rabbitts; Hobby (C) Chris Sharp