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22nd October 2018


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Despite the W wind F5-6 at Aird an Runair, North Uist there was hardly anything heading SW apart from a trickle of Gannets and a single Great Northen Diver (only watched 10.00-10.30 hours). Just before 10.00 a flock of 14 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew S just over rocks at end of headland. Also seen again was the Little Egret (at Loch a' Roe and later on Loch na Reivil).


At Loch nam Feithean a bit later there were some 1,600 Barnacle Geese, a Canada Goose (somewhat distant for any specific ideas as to race), and five Pintail.

_DSC6589.jpgCanada Goose at back and roughly in centre.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 22nd October 2018. Updated throughout the day

South Dell, Isle of Lewis
A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Siberian Chiffchaff were there today. Late news of a juvenile Rosy Starling also being seen there on 19th;

Loch Paible, North Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was there today

Balranald, North Uist
20 Brent Geese flew south around midday.

Daliburgh, South Uist
17 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew south today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:50 - 1045
Weather: Wind WSW F6-7, 8/8 cloud, a few light showers at first. Temp 10 - 11C.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 24 Greenland White-fronted Geese (S), 9 Tufted Duck (S), 2 Eider (N), 4 Long-tailed Duck (3S 1N), 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 22 Great Northern Divers (20S 2N), 58 Gannets (55S 3N), 1 Shag (S), 2 Golden Plover (S), 1 Snipe (S), 16 Kittiwake (8S 8N), 10 Common Gulls (S), 1 Pomarine Skua (S), 4 Guillemots (S) and 1 Black Guillemot (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 63, Cormorant 12, Merlin 1, Hooded Crow 1 and Raven 6
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There was no sign of the Baltimore Oriole on Barra today though the weather conditions were far from ideal. The small Canada Goose was still at Borve Point and nearby 46 Whooper Swans were at Loch Tangasdale.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tony Marr at Ness

Eurasian Treecreeper – one in a garden in Port of Ness (the first I know of up here)
Siberian Chiffchaff – one in a garden in South Dell
Yellow-browed Warbler – one there
Redwing – 75+ in gardens in Port of Ness
Rose-coloured Starling – one in the same South Dell garden on Friday (19th) was photographed by the owner of the garden, but could not be found today