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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th October 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The Lapland Bunting was still there today. A 1CY Long-tailed Duck was in Village Bay

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen flying over this morning. Also present were 3 Brambling, a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap in garden bushes

New Tolsta, Isle of Lewis
A vocal Yellow-browed Warbler was in a garden there below Buth Toloastaidh

Ranish, Isle of Lewis
The *Glossy Ibis* was there again today

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in the castle grounds in a tit flock. A Garden Warbler 20 Redwings and 20 Siskins were also seen in and around the grounds

Callanish, Isle of Lewis
A *Glossy Ibis* was seen there today

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
A drake Surf Scoter was seen there early afternoon

Uachdar, Benbecula
The Spotted Redshank was seen there again in the tidal channel behind McCleans bakery

Coot Loch, Benbecula
A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there this afternoon

Gleann, Barra
A ***Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll*** was seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10-10:35
Weather: Wind WSW backing SW then SSW f4. 8/8 cloud, dry at first but rain gradually increasing. Temp 12c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Eider (N), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), 8 Great Northern Divers (7S 1N), 79 Gannets (72S 7N), 22 Shag (7S 15N), 1 Purple Sandpiper (S), 122 Kittiwakes (S), 3 Common Gulls (S), 1 Arctic Skua [adult (S), and 8 Razorbills.
Also present in the area were Pink-footed Goose 4, Tufted Duck 10, Red-throated Diver 2, Cormorant 8, Ringed Plover 104, Curlew 3, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Sanderling 6, Dunlin 33, Snipe 1, Common Gull 57, Herring Gull 44, Guillemot 1, Rock Dove 13, Hooded Crow 2, and Rock Pipit 1
Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll present late morning on the site of the former dump at the top of the hill at Glen. Also a small arrival of Redwings around the island.
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Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll.