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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen in the harbour area this afternoon

Aird an Runair, North Uist
7 Long-tailed Skua flew north early morning. A further 6 Long-tailed Skuas, 7 Pomerine Skuas and a Leach's Petrel passed north sometime between 10:30-12:15

Baleshare, North Uist
A Pomarine Skua flew along the beach at 16:20

Claddach-Knockline, North Uist
A Pomerine skua flew along the shore at the south end of Committee Road towards Bayhead this evening

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY drake Surf Scoter was seen there early afternoon. A drake Garganey was nearby on Loch Mor

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
A Pomarine Skua flew past sometime between 11:30-13:00. A Long-tailed Skua flew north early evening

Castlebay, Barra
A ***Rustic Bunting*** was seen in bushes to the south of the football pitch early afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10-15:05
Weather: Wind WSW f6-7 veering W f7-8. Bright and sunny, occasional showers. Temp10-12c.

A 7 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 48 Fulmars (19S 29N), 87 Manx Shearwaters (S), 553 Gannets (316S 237N), 17 Kittiwakes (16S 1N), 1 Black-headed Gull (S), 2 Great Skua (1S 1N), 4 Pomarine Skuas (N), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 55 Razorbills (51S 4N), and 94 auk sp (71S 23N).
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 8, Eider 8, Whimbrel 1, Turnstone 40, Sanderling 250, Arctic Tern 34, and Sand Martin 12
 

Bruce

Senior Member
Barra
A Rustic Bunting by the football pitch at Castlebay today, seen twice in the early afternoon but not seen in the late afternoon when high winds and disturbance hampered the search. Also 2 drake Mandarins still present at the pitch and the Rosy Starling was still at Bruernish, though elusive.
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Rustic Bunting
 
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