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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th December 2020. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Hawfinch continues to visit a garden feeder there having been present for two months, the longest staying bird and only the second December record

Balranald, North Uist
60 Snow Buntings were seen on the reserve today

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again seen on the loch this afternoon

Smerclete, South Uist
An immature Iceland Gull was seen there this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:55-11:20
Weather: Wind N f7-8, 8/8 cloud, dull with rain throughout. Temp 5C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Ducks (N), 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 3 Gannets (1S 2N), 2 Shag (1S 1N), 1 Cormorant (S), 5 Kittiwakes (N), 23 Common Gulls (N), 20 Great Black-backed Gulls (3S 17N), 1 Iceland Gull [juvenile] (N) and 48 Herring Gulls (N).
Also present in the area were Red-breasted Merganser 2, Golden Plover 3, Grey Plover 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 9, Black-headed Gull 1, Common Gull 37, Great Black-backed Gull 5 and Herring Gull 36