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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st December 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
4 Snow Buntings were there this morning. Another 3 Snow Buntings were nearby on the machair by Loch Arnol and a drake Pintail was on the loch

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00-11:10
Weather: Wind ENE f1, variable cloud and sunny periods. Temp 1-2c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Red-throated Divers (1S 1N), 1 Cormorant (S) and 20 Shag (7S 13N).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 35, Teal 8, Tufted Duck 18, Oystercatcher 36, Lapwing 9, Golden Plover 10, Ringed Plover 89, Bar-tailed Godwit 38, Sanderling 138, Dunlin 164, Purple Sandpiper 21, Snipe 4, Redshank 6, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 13, White-tailed Eagle 3, Peregrine 2, Hooded Crow 4, Raven 2, and Rock Pipit 2