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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd May 2021. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
A 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen by the track to Aird an Runair late morning. A Curlew Sandpiper was by Loch na Reivil late evening

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The two male Ruff and the adult Glaucous Gulll were still there this morning

Lochmaddy, North Uist
An Osprey flew south this evening

Orasaigh, South Uist
The 2CY Iceland Gull and the 2CY Glaucous Gull were still there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:25-10:20
Weather: Wind SSE - SE f5 increasing f7. 7/8-8/8 cloud, some very light drizzle at end of watch
A four hour seawatch this morning produced 6 Eider (S), 2 Red-throated Divers (N), 3 Great Northern Divers (1S 2N), 68 Fulmars (N), 7 Manx Shearwaters (N), 114 Gannets (23S 91N), 6 Shag (4S 2N), 15 Kittiwakes (1S 14N), 4 Great Skuas (N), 4 skua sp (N) and 48 auk sp (7S 41N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 12, Mute Swan 2, Shelduck 2, Shoveler 2, Wigeon 3, Tufted Duck 8, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 16, Ringed Plover 16, Turnstone 18, Sanderling 22, Dunlin 16, Little Stint 1, Little Tern 2, Arctic Tern 24, Sand Martin 4 and Pied Wagtail 1
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