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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st December 2023. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A drake Pintail was there today

Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again today

Sollas, North Uist
A *Snow Goose* was there with Barnacle Geese this morning

Balranald, North Uist
An adult Glaucous Gull and 3 Snow Buntings were today

Earsay, Barra
A 2CY Iceland Gull was by the road this morning

An adult Iceland Gull was seen off the west side of the island

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00-11:15
Weather: Wind SE backing ESE f4, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 7c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Eider (3S 2N), 6 Kittiwakes (S), 2 auk sp (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (2S 2N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 18 Gannets (15S 3N), and 45 Shag (12S 33N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 5, Mute Swan 1, Wigeon 8, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 12, Long-tailed Duck 10, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Oystercatcher 114, Bar-tailed Godwit 50, Common Gull 25, Great Black-backed Gull 5, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 36, and Hooded Crow 7