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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st April 2019. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapavat, Ness, Isle of Lewis
400+ Pink-footed Geese were on the machair close to the loch this evening

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
250+ Redwings were seen moving north early this morning

Newton, North Uist
The drake *American Wigeon* is still present on Loch an Sticir

Clachan Sands, North Uist
9 Greenland Whitefronted Geese were there today

Malaclete, North Uist
80 Redwings were seen there today

Griminis, Nort Uist
160 Redwing were there today

St Kilda viewpoint, North Uist
35 Greenland White-fronted were in the area today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:55 - 09:35
Weather: Wind S F5 gust 6. 8/8 cloud, dull. Light shower at end of watch. Temp 7.5C.

A near two hour seawatch this morning produced 13 Eider (2S 11N), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 12 Gannets (10S 2N), 19 Shag (N), 1 Cormorant (S) and 1 Kittiwake (S).
Also present in the area were Pale-bellied Brent Goose 1, Greylag Goose 13, Mute Swan 2, Wigeon 8, Tufted Duck 11, Red-breasted Merganser 6, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 5, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 2, Wheatear 1 and Meadow Pipit 2

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Redwing (C) & courtesy of Graham Forsyth
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Apart from two Great Skuas that flew N and a small number of Razorbills that flew SW there was not much else moving past Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning (only half an hour spent seawatching intensively).
_DSC8592_2.JPG_DSC8605_2.JPGTwo Great Skuas passing Aird an Runair distantly.

At nearby Hosta there were six Black-tailed Godwits at a flooded area and a bit later a flock of 21 Whooper Swans came over and landed on Loch Hosta.


Always Birding
A 2CY Glaucous Gull flew along the beach at Askernish this morning and I found my first incubating Lapwing of the year on the machair



Senior Member
Not much time in the field today but long enough to confirm that the Iceland Gull and Canada Goose were both still at Borve Point.