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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightintings for today, 18th January 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
An Iceland Gull was seen at Port Stoth today

Garrynamonie, South Uist
The Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach today

Castlebay, Barra
The Treecreeper was again seen by the football pitch

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:25-11:55
Weather: Wind W f5-7, mix of sunny spells and a few showers, temp 5-6c.

A 2.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 20 Eider (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 1 Great Northrn Diver (N), 5 Gannets (3S 2N), 14 Shag (5S 9N), 1 Cormorant (N) and 2 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Shelduck 2, Wigeon 19, Tufted Duck 12, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 26, Common Buzzard 2, Golden Plover 6, Grey Plover 2, Ringed Plover 58, Bar-tailed Godwit 29, Turnstone 43, Dunlin 37, Purple Sandpiper 67, Jack Snipe 1, Redshank 8, Common Gull 120, Glaucous Gull [2CY's] 2, Hooded Crow 2, Skylark 44, Pied Wagtail 1, Rock Pipit 1 and Twite 35.

Two Pink-footed Geese were nearby on the machiar

Treecreeper (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts


Senior Member
The American Golden Plover on the South Ford off Heb Jewellry with the grey plover flock.

1 Lapland bunting and 3+ snow buntings with the lark/twite flock on the machair at Ardivachar. Also juv/1st w Glaucous gull there on the pools.

.Green-winged teal and LIttle Egret on Coot Loch .Juv/1st w Iceland gull flew N at Stinky Bay.

Juv/1st w Iceland gull at Peninerine.

cheers, Andrew