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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st December 2020. Updated throughout the day

The Range, South Uist
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** was present this morning on flooded machair in the company of a single Redshank (see post below)

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10-10:25
Weather: Wind SW veering WSW f 6-7. 8/8 cloud with rain for most of watch. Temp 7c

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 7 Eider (3S 4N), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (N), 7 Gannet (4S 3N), 18 Shag (N), 55 Common Gulls (S - leaving roost at dawn), 6 Great Black-backed Gulls (S), 4 Razorbills (S) and 3 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 1, Cormorant 13, Purple Sandpiper 12, Glaucous Gull 1 [juvenile] and Hooded Crow 2


Always Birding
The Lesser Yellowlegs was again on The Range this morning on pools just to the north of the rifle range. Four dead Swans and another not looking in the best of condition plus a dead gull were all in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. While there may frequently be dead birds to be found in this area, there are not normally four together and rather disconcerting when Avain Flu is known to be in the country.

A pair of Pintail were on Loch Fada, Benbecula.