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  1. MisterT

    Local Rarity 4th March 2021

    Although not always visible, there has been an increase in Goldfinch over the past two days here in Askernish with nearly 50 individuals ringed yesterday alone. Most were new birds (unringed), but one was a control (a bird ringed elsewhere). It had travelled 818km to reach us, but it had taken...
  2. Hawkeye

    26th February 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th February 2021. Updated throughout the day Coot Loch, Benbecula The Little Egret was seen there again today Garrynamonie, South Uist The two immature Glaucous Gulls were there again early afternoon and another nearby at Kilpheder...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 21st February 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st February 2021. Updated throughout the day Carinish, North Uist 150 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Slavonian Grebe were at Baile Iochdrach Stinky Bay, Benbecula An adult Little Gull was seen there this afternoon Loch Mor, Benbecula...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 7th February 2021

    Western Isles /Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th February 2021. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was in the harbour in the afternoon Balranald, North Uist The two ***Cackling Geese*** were seen there again this morning Coot Loch, Benbecula...
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 20th January 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th January 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan A 2CY Glaucous Gull was there late morning Balranald, North Uist Circa 30 Snow Buntings were seen on the reserve today Carinish, North Uist 140 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 18th January 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightintings for today, 18th January 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis An Iceland Gull was seen at Port Stoth today Garrynamonie, South Uist The Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach today Castlebay, Barra The Treecreeper was again seen by...
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th January 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th January 2021. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis Two Iceland Gulls (adult, &1st winter) were seen on the gull roost just before 15:00 Loch Paible, North Uist Ten Pintail were there this morning South Ford, South...
  8. Hawkeye

    13th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Sooty Shearwater flew west while a flock of 1,400 Fulmars were seen following a trawler. Four Manx Shearwaters and two Great Skuas were also seen. A juvenile Iceland Gull was...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Borve, Berneray A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Blackcap were there this morning Trumisgarry, North Uist The Little Egret was seen there again today Carinish, North Uist 40 Barnacle Geese flew...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 9th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Trumisgarry, North Uist A Little Egret was seen there today Grenitote, North Uist A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today Paiblesgarry, North Uist A Turtle Dove was visiting a garden there...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st September 2020. Updated throughout the day Kneep, Isle of Lewis The four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen on Loch Sgallier this morning Tolsta Chaolais, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling has been visiting a garden...
  12. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 18th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 20 Lapland Buntings were there today Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again seen on the beach this morning Oban Trumisgarry, North...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 17th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* flew over the cliffs at 1500. Four Lapland Buntings were also around the lighthouse. A Pied Flycatcher was nearby, seen in a Ness garden Loch...
  14. B

    Local Rarity 7th October 2019

    A Little Egret was a recent arrival at Loch Sandary, North Uist today.
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    Little Egret

    Little Egret, Clachan, South Uist 2019. (C) Ian Thompson
  16. Roger Auger

    30th November 2018

    This Little Egret was sheltering in a drainage ditch on Baleshare this afternoon. There was also a Snow Bunting was at the Illeray road end on Baleshare.
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    Little Egrets, Loch na Liana Mhor, Daliburgh, South Uist 03 11 2015 © Ian Thompson
  18. Roger Auger

    Little Egret

    Doing yesterday's goose count on Grimsay, I bumped into the Little Egret getting very close to becoming a garden tick! Like the new site.
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    Little Egret

    Little Egret Gearradubh
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    Little Egret

    Carinish, South Uist
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