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Local Rarity 24th December 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Borve, Berneray
The Snow Goose and *Crane* are still to be found on the machair there

Ness, Isle of Lewis
7 Snow Buntings there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A one hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Gannet (N), and 1 Shag (S). Aslo present in the area were Greylag Goose 43, Shelduck 4, Wigeon 75, Teal 34, Tufted Duck 13, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 36, Bar-tailed Godwit 34, Purple Sandpiper 70, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 8, Meadow Pipit 1, Rock Pipit 4, Twite 55

South Glendale, South Uist
The Brambling is still in a garden there

Snow Buntings courtesy of Samantha Hawkins


OH Bird Recorder
Ringing today and a mixture of new birds and recaptures. The most interesting being a control Greenfinch which i'm assuming was ringed in Barra as it is the same ring string and just a few numbers different to The Barra Sparra.

A Grey Heron was overhead and i heard Whooper Swans but couldn't see them to see how many there were.


Senior Member
On North Uist In the Rubh' Arnal area this morning there were 52 pale-bellied Brent Geese, single Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, at least one Lapland Bunting and 32 Corn Buntings. Bruce tells me that the Tràigh Mhor, Barra flock of Brent Geese disperses/moves in late December and it is possible we get them at Rubh' Arnal at this time. We need some colour-ringed birds to prove this. At Balemore the leucistic Common Gull was seen again.

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Buzzard on Craig Hasten


Senior Member
On Barra today, juvenile Iceland gulls were at Ardveenish and Traigh Mhor. The brent goose flock at the latter site had reduced to 48. 22 snow buntings were again feeding along the strandline by the airport.