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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch na Meallaird, Benbecula
The *Glossy Ibis* was there again today

Ardmore, South Uist
The ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill this morning

Loch Grogarry, South Uist
A Little Egret was seen there today

Traigh Mor, Barra
2 Glaucous Gulls (1 adult, 1 juv) were there today

Loch Orb, Barra
The Goosander was on the river side of loch Orb this morning

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Adult Glaucous Gull with old injury (C) Ian Ricketts
 
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YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Monthly WeBS counts today, weather started off a little murky but turned into a half reasonable day with some sunshine at times.

Loch Bee:
Over 200 Mute Swans which is a somewhat lower count than some winters, 39 Whooper Swans, 500+ Wigeon, c240 Tufted Duck and 15 Goldeneye. Many Lapwing with an estimated 280+ in several flocks. Three White-tailed Eagles were in the area as was a Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk - needless to say the birds were generally feeling a little nervous! Waders included an unseasonal group of 24 Black-tailed Godwits, plenty of Redshank around and 3 Turnstones, c90 Golden Plover. 126 Greenland Whitefronts were a welcome sight. Bonus sight of the day 3 Otters!!

South Ford:
Tide still fairly high so the waders were quite close, c300 Dunlin, c175 Ringed Plover, c130 Grey Plover, 46 Knot and 45 Curlew. A Little Egret was seen between Heb Jew and Carnan. 58 Shelduck, 55 Teal and 134 Greylags were the only duck/geese around.

Quick call in at Coot Loch on the way to Balivanich to see what was about there, plenty of duck including a male Pintail. 9 Coot. The Lesser Scaup was at Loch an Daill late morning and still there during a brief stop on the way home.

Plenty of raptors out and about today with White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Merlin all on the list.

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Lesser Scaup, Loch an Daill, South Uist
 
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