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Local Rarity 8th December 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Tiumpan Head, Lewis
A Sooty Shearwater was seen at Tiumpan Head around midday.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A two hour seawatch this morning in F6 gusting F8 NNW winds with a few heavy snow/sleet showers produced 3 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 2 Red-throated Divers (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 3 Gannets (N), 9 Shag (1S 8N), 3 Kittiwakes (2S 1N) and 1 auk sp (S). Also in the area were Greylag Goose 24, Wigeon 14, Tufted Duck 22, Long-tailed Duck 4, Goldeneye 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 22, Common Buzzard 1, Ringed Plover 80, Snipe 2, Bar-tailed Godwit 16, Knot 1, Sanderling 180, Purple Sandpiper 20, Black-headed Gull 1, Peregrine 1, Meadow Pipit 7, Rock Pipit 3 and Snow Bunting 1


Always Birding
The 60+ Snow Buntings are still at Peninerine along the strand line while 200+ Twite and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Bornish machair this morning. Closer to home, the Coot was still at Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh and the Little Egret was found struggling to fly across Loch Hallan in the wind.

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OH Bird Recorder
A cold and blustery day in Lewis, not too many birds around though there was a Pied Wagtail at Barvas. The 100+ Golden Plover that had previously been at Shawbost beach have all disappeared leaving only a handful of gulls (Great Black-backed, Herring and Common), 3 Redshanks and a Turnstone.

A single Gannet flew past at Dalmor