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2 juvenile Velvet Scoters off Ardmhor late morning. Also 1 Slavonian Grebe here and 23 Greenland White-fronted Geese passed SE through the Sound of Barra. The adult female Velvet Scoter was still roughly half a mile east of Vatersay causeway. The 2 Long-tailed Tits were at Creachan again first thing before moving over the hill to Glen. A further flock of 11 Long-tailed Tits appeared at Morghan late morning. The Willow Warbler was still at Castlebay. Again thousands of Redwings were around the island.
Long-tailed Tit.
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd October 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
2 Bramblings and 3 rather late Swallows were there today, nearby in Lionel the *Glossy Ibis* was still present

Uachdar, Benbecula
The Spotted Redshank was still in the channel near MacLean's Bakery

Balgarva, South Uist
The Great Crested Grebe and 17 Slavonian Grebes were offshore this morning

Loch Bee, South Uist
A Little Egret was at the south-west corner, as was a single Pintail
Hirta records from 22/10: Little Bunting, Lapland Bunting, 300+ Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 2 Blackbird, 2 Rook, 4 Woodcock, 2 Blackcap, Teal, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Long-tailed Duck, Wood Pigeon. Also had a pod of around 40 Common Dolphins and refound the Violet Coral Fungus in the same location as last year, but about a month later.