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Local Rarity 3rd December 2017

Chris Johnson

Senior Member
Ardivachar Beach
340 Bar-tailed Godwits, 43 Turnstones., 1 Great-northern Diver. Other waders but too far out.
50 Twites, 15 Curlews.
West Loch Bee
30+ White-fronted Geese (possibly more as the ground shelved away).
South-west Loch Bee
93 Tufted Ducks, 155 Widgeons, 10 Teals, 164 Lapwings; 8 Golden Plovers.
21 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Borve, Berneray
The *Crane* is still to be found on the machair along with 80+ Snow Buntings

Ness, Isle of Lewis
Number of Snow Buntings have risen to 25 this morning

Port Skigersta, Isle of Lewis
25 Snow Buntings also seen

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Chiffchaff was seen near the pier around midday

Photo courtesy Sam Hawkins


Senior Member
The only birds of note during walking the dogs at Eachkamish (Baleshare), North Uist in the late morning were three Snow Buntings. One came down on the shingle ridge so I was able to obtain the attached photo.


Always Birding
Here at Askernish there were 70+ Purple Sandpipers (a high count for here) on the beach amongst the exposed rocks at low tide and 60+ Redwing in and around the township. A Coot was again at Eilean nan Ramh and other was behind the co-op at Dalibrough

Golden Plover, Askernish beach