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Local Rarity 29th November 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (1S 1N), 5 Long-tailed Duck (N), 20 Red throated Divers (3S 17N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 8 Gannets (1S 17N), 71 Shag (2S 69N), 5 Cormorants (S), 1 Kittiwake (S) and 4 auk sp (S). Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 106, Wigeon 23, Tufted Duck 17, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 4, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 16, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 5, Raven 6, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 2, Rock Pipit 3, Twite 55


Senior Member
I found a firecrest this afternoon in hebes at Brevig. Funnily enough I found one in exactly the same bush back in 2010. Todays bird showed well when the sun was out but vanished as soon as the hail started! Also a chiffchaff in the same spot plus 2 more at Glen. Yesterday there were still 2 chiffchaffs at Northbay; I didn't see them today but they could still be there. The 2 long-tailed tits are still around Northbay.

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Roger Auger

Active Member
15 Snow Buntings in with a large flock of Twite on Baleshare today until a Peregrine scattered them.
A Pied Wagtail there too.


Always Birding
Locheynort was quiet this morning with 5 Woodcock flushed as I walked around. On Bornish machair there were 200+ Twite and a "drift" of 38 Snow Buntings. A single Barnacle Goose was in amongst the Greylags at Loch Ardvule. There may have been an influx of Snow Buntings on these northerly winds as a further 74 were on Askernish machair this afternoon

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Snow Buntings on Askernish machair


Senior Member
No change at Loch Sandary with Green-winged Teal and two Coot.

The Waxwing at Sollas (in a Mishigarry garden) was last seen yesterday.