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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th October 2023. Updated throughout the day.

Hirta, St Kilda
Circa 36 Redwing arrived on the island today. Also present was a male Ring Ouzel and 13 Barnacle Geese and 13 Pink-footed Geese flew over

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The *American Golden Plover* was seen there early evening

Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there early evening. 4 adult Arctic Skuas (3 pale, 1 dark) and a Great Skua flew past Tiumpan Head earlier in the day

Loch Paible, North Uist
2 Pintail were seen there today

Howmore, South Uist
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was still on Loch a Chnoic Bhuide late morning

Bornish, South Uist
The 2 *Common Rosefinches* are still visiting a garden there

Northbay, Barra
A *Kingfisher* was seen there briefly today

Bolnabadoch, Barra
Nine *Glossy Ibis* flew north this morning. A *Ring-necked Duck* was on Loch an Ail. The Ibis were relocated later at Eoligarry

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20-12:50
Weather: Wind W f6 gust f7. Initially cloud 8/8 with some showers. Dryer later with temp 13c.

A 4.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Teal (N), 3 Eider (S), 42 Kittiwakes (S), 5 Arctic Terns (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S),12 Guillemots (S),4 Razorbills (S), 53 auk sp (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 6 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Storm Petrel (S), 6 Leach's Petrels (S), 4 Manx Shearwaters (S), 264 Gannets (262S 2N), and 6 Shag (4S 2N).
Also present in the area were Long-tailed Duck 1, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Oystercatcher 95, Lapwing 14, Cormorant 16, Common Buzzard 1, Hooded Crow 23, Raven 2, Skylark 4, Pied Wagtail 2, and Meadow Pipit 2

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Ring-necked Duck (C) Keith Gillan; Glossy Ibis (C) Ian Ricketts; Ring Ouzel (C) St Kilda Rangers