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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th May 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A flock of 21 *Snow Geese* which included two blue-phase birds were seen in the north-east corner of the loch. Also present were 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, and one Barnacle Goose

Stonornoway, Isle of Lewis
A male Brambling was seen in Benside

Loch Dubhasairidh, North Uist
An immature Iceland Gull was seen there early afternoon

Balranald, North Uist
71 Pink-footed Geese flew north this morning. A Ruff was also in the area and a Whooper Swan was by Loch nam Feithean

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull and two Whooper swans were there this evening

Borve, Benbecula
Three Dotterel were seen on the machair this morning.

Carnan South Uist
Two Common Redpolls are still visiting a garden there

West Gerinish, South Uist
A drake Garganey was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:35-09:30
Weather: Wind E backing ENE f 4-5, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 6-7 c

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 43 Gannets !!S 32N), 6 Shag (1S 5N), 7 Cormorants (2S 5N), 7 Know (N), 21 Kittiwakes (S), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (N), 1 Great Skua (S) and 10 auk sp (8S 2N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 7, Shelduck 3, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 8, Eider 15, Great Northern Diver 6, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 29, Whimbrel 5, Bar-tailed Godwit 4, Knot 1, Little Tern 2, Arctic Tern 20, Rock Dove 23, Peregrine 1, Sand Martin 1, Wheatear 2 and Pied Wagtail 2

Snow Geese (C) Tristan ap Rheinallt
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Chris Johnson

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A steady pasage of whimbrels all weeks with about 50-60 daily. More today, c80 stopping briefly to feed on the headland, much to the annoyance of the nesting lapwings.

A corncrake ran across the road in Iochdar this morning.