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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd August 2022. Updated throughout the day

Traigh na Cleavag, Northton, Harris
23 Black-tailed Godwits were there this morning. A Pectoral Sandpipier was nearby at Northton Beach at ///node.clashing.chained

Grenitote, North Uist
25 Black-tailed Godwits were there today

Liniclate, Benbecula
18 Black-tailed Godwits flew south this afternoon.

Ardivachar, South Uist
The Viking Gull was there again today

West Gerinish, South Uist
9 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:05-09:45
Weather: Wind SW f5-6, 8/8 cloud, very dull, rain, misty at times. Temp 15c.

A near 3 hour seawatch produced 15 Storm Petrels (S), 18 Fulmar (S), 1484 Manx Shearwaters (1481S 3N), 19 Kittiwakes (S), 5 Arctic Terns [3 juveniles], (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 1 Razorbill (S), and 57 Puffins (S).
Also present in the area were Great Northern Diver 2, Ringed Plover 6, Turnstone 10, Dunlin 8, Black-headed Gull 14, Common Gull 64, Raven 2, Sand Martin 4, and Pied Wagtail 3.

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Pectoral Sandpiper (C) Dan Watson


Senior Member
A 2 hour seawatch off of Aird a Chaolais from mid morning produced 2 Sooty Shearwaters, c700 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Storm Petrels, 5 Arctic Terns, 3 Great Skuas and an impressive 864 Puffins going south.
My first Kestrel of the autumn was at Brevig. I received confirmation today that a ringed Oystercatcher at Allasdale on Saturday was ringed in SW Iceland in May '17, was resighted on Oronsay, Argyll in autumn '17 and '18, returning to Iceland in between. Although I don't have its exact location yet, I understand it was logged in Iceland the day before I saw it here!