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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** and 270+ Snow Buntings were on the machair there and a drake Pintail on the sea.

Loch Mor, Benbecula
7 Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:25 - 10:30
Weather: Wind SW - S f3, mix of mostly cloud and brighter spells later. Temp 6 - 7C

The last seawatch of the year produced 4 Eider (3S 1N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (3S 2N), 7 Gannets (5S 2N), 114 Shag (12S 102N) and 1 Cormorant (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 6, Tufted Duck 17, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Grey Heron 1, Shag 33, Cormorant 18, Common Buzzard 1, Curlew 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 24, Purple Sandpiper 45, Black-headed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 5 and Raven 1