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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th April 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
A 3CY Iceland Gull was there this morning. 6+ Lapland Buntings and a Black-tailed Godwit were nearby at Loch Stiapabhat (see post below)

Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
The *Snow Goose* and four Pink-feet were around the loch for most of the day

Balranald, North Uist
The ***Todd's Canada Goose*** was still present this morning as was 11+ Lapland Buntings, a juvenile Iceland Gull and a drake Common Scoter was offshore. Circa 160 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding on the headland with another 40 flying north early morning. 13 Whooper Swans also flew north and three Pink-footed Geese were also in the area.

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A 2CY Glaucous Gull was there this afternoon

Askernish, South Uist
A Chiffchaff was again singing in a gareden there. 24 Whooper Swans were on Loch Hallan and 44 flew north late evening
 

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Barra.
My first Willow Warbler of the year was singing at Bruernish this morning. 10 swans presumably Whoopers were sat on the sea in the extreme distance viewed north east from Leanish.
 

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness

This morning there were 6 or 7 Lapland Buntings along the path down to the Loch Stiapabhat hide. Also a single Black-tailed Godwit at the loch, with 41 Barnacle Geese, about 65 Pinkfeet, and 300 Greylags. A few more Pinkfeet were on the machair (along with a ringtail Hen Harrier) and a couple of skeins went over, but my total for the morning was only about 150 birds. I believe that larger numbers passed in the afternoon. An Iceland Gull (3cy) was at the Butt, and another 2/3cy at Port of Ness later might have been the same individual.
 
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