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Local Rarity 26th December 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Borve, Berneray
The *Crane* is still present on the machair along with 300+ Snow Buntings and an adult Glaucous Gull

South Glendale, South Uist
The Brambling still to be found in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Barnacle Geese (S), 2 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (N), 6 Red-throated Divers (N), 10 gannet (3S 7N), 42 Shag (10S 32N) and 3 Cormorants (1S 2N). Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 18, Shelduck 2, Wigeon 23, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 13, Long-tailed Duck 14, Goldeneye 1, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 6, Shag 24, Cormorant 19, Ringed Plover 90, Black-tailed Godwit 13, Black-headed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 6, Meadow Pipit 3, Twite 45


Senior Member
The ringed glaucous gull was at Ardveenish today; 1 of 2 second winters on Barra in recent days. The usual juvenile Iceland gull was still there too. There were a few birds on the move today including a party of 5 whooper swans heading south over the sea past Brevig at dawn and a Lapland bunting going south over Scurrival. The best of the rest included 3 wintering greenshank scattered around the island, 4 slavonian grebes off Ardmhor ferry terminal, c25 golden plover on Traigh Mhor and c135 long-tailed ducks off Craigston.

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Always Birding
An influx of Redwing this morning at Askernish with many looking paler and less heavily marked, more like Scandinavian birds rather that the usual Icelandic sub species. Also an unusual sight of a Barnacle Goose on the machair


OH Bird Recorder
A small number of birds were ringed in Askernish today including yet another control Greenfinch - the second bird this week that had originally been ringed in Barra during October.