Mega!!! 18th October 2018

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 17th October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Northbay House, Barra
A ***Baltimore Oriole*** was seen there this morning, later it was in a neighbouring garden.

Huisinis, Isle of Harris
20 Barnacle Geese flew south and 5 Whooper Swans flew east there this morning.

Bornish, South Uist
2 Brambling were there today

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Northern Oriole (C) and courtesy of Andrew Stevenson


Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
As far as I'm aware there were no further sightings of the Baltimore Oriole during the afternoon. The small Canada Goose was again on Borve Point, 13 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor and the Whooper Swan count on Loch Tangasdale increased to 36.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Feb 7, 2017
News from Tony Marr at Ness

A day of reasonably settled weather, and an impressive arrival of Arctic birds coming in off the sea at the Butt. Most numerous were Barnacle Geese, with Whooper Swans, Golden Plover, Redwings and Snow Buntings.

Butt of Lewis
Barnacle Goose – 405 in 18 flocks arrived from NE and continued SW down the west coast (08.30 – 12.00)
Whooper Swan – 12 in off the sea (11.50) from NE continued down the west coast
Great Northern Diver – 3 passed NE-SW
Black-headed Gull – 6 passed E-W
Snow Bunting – 5 in off the sea over the lighthouse continued SW down the island
Golden Plover – 13 arrived by the lighthouse (10.20)
Redwing – (am) 8 around the lighthouse compound, and 2 along cliffs west of the lighthouse: (pm) 100+ in fields between the Butt and Eoropie at dusk

Loch Stiapabhat LNR
Whooper Swans – 15 over the loch flew off SW (14.00) plus a flock of 10 on the loch (16.40)

Port of Ness
Garden Warbler – one in gardens
Lesser Whitethroat – one
Brambling – one
Redwing – in late afternoon six flocks totalling 280 passed through the village gardens
Dunnock – 4 together in one garden – unprecedented here!
Chiffchaff – one
Goldfinch – one