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7th December 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Peninerine, South Uist
70 Snow Buntings were there this morning.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch in NNW F9 winds gusting F10 with occasional rain this morning produced 2 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (1S 1N), 4 Shag (S), 1 Cormorant (S), 4 Knot (N), 11 Sanderling (S), 1 Kittiwake (S) and 1 auk sp (S). Also present in the area wereTufted Duck 20, Long-tailed Duck 1, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 16, Ringed Plover 35, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Purple Sandpiper 25, Dunlin 32, and Black-headed Gull 1.


Senior Member
The Danish ringed Glaucous Gull was feeding on a dead seal off Craigston this morning. Despite the promising conditions I didn't see any other white-wingers today. The usual flock of 79 Brent Geese were sheltering on the edge of Traigh Mhor, while on Vatersay I nearly ran over a Snow Bunting that was feeding on the road at Caolis.