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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th April. Updated throughout the day

St Kilda
A **Black-crowned Night Heron** was found on the island this morning

Butt of Lewis
250+ Pink-feet passed over north early morning

Callernish, North Uist
A **Black-crowned Night Heron** was seen near Callernish House today

Claddach Kyles
730 Pink-feet flew over this morning

Baile Iochdrach, North Uist
A large movement of circa 3000 Barnacle Geese flew north between 1000 and 1235 in skiens ranging between 150 and 600. Circa 2000 were also seen passing over Loch Sandary. 2 Arctic Terns and a Whimbrel were also in the area

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Tern was seen there today

Askernish, South Uist
A Jackdaw was visiting a garden there

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Night Heron (C) St Kilda Rangers
A belated WeBS count as Sunday's tide was too early and not very high.
Ardivachar Headland to Range 1.
Oystercatchers 134, sanderlings c600, ringed plovers c100, bar-tailed godwits 253, turnstones c300, black-tailed godwit 1, purple sandpipers 11, lapwings 8, redshanks 15, eiders 12, mallards 8, cormorants 7, greylag geese 5, barnacle geese 70, great northern divers 2, and a few gulls.
Not part of the count: c200 golden plovers at range 2 and 2 wheatears.
Not much ar North Bay, the main count was c250 turnstones.
At Hebridean Jewellery an arctic tern.
Jackdaw at Brevig this morning plus my first Grasshopper Warbler of the spring. Our first big pulse of Greenland Wheatears were evident around the island and at least 5 Blackcaps were new in. 14 Pink-footed Geese were at Tangasdale.