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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
The 2CY Iceland Gull was again seen in the harbour area

Loch Odhairn, Isle of Lewis
An Osprey was seen today.

Balranald, North Uist
A Dotterel was on the reserve between the visitors centre and Aird an Runair this morning. A Pomarine Skua flew north off Aird an Runair at midday

Loch Paible, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull was present.

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was still to be found in the bay this morning. A Long-tailed Skua seen was on the sea this afternoon before flying north

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
The Viking Gull (Herring x Glaucous) and 2 Curlew Sandpiper were seen on the beach and a 2CY Iceland Gull flew north late morning. 14 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch an t-Saile