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  1. Hawkeye

    15th July 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th July 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Bee, South Uist The Wood Sandpiper was again seen in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning
  2. Hawkeye

    14th July 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th July 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Bee, South Uist The Wood Sandpiper was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning and again late afternoon Red Knot (C) St Kilda Rangers. Seen there yesterday
  3. Wood Sandpiper

    Wood Sandpiper

    Wood Sandpiper, Loch Bee, South Uist, July 2022 (C) Ian Thompson
  4. Hawkeye

    13th July 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th July 2022. Updated throughout the day Ardivachar, South Uist The Viking Gull was again on the beach this morning. The 2CY Little Gull remains nearby on Loch an t-Saile Loch Bee, South Uist A Wood Sandpiper was in the south-west...
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Late news of a female Blue-headed Wagtail in Village Bay yesterday Lochmaddy, North Uist A Little Egret was seen at roost in fir trees outside the Hammersby Hotel this evening...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis A *Common Crane* was seen flying south over the harbour at 10:02 Loch Sandary, North Uist The Wood Sandpiper was seen there again this morning at the south end of the...
  7. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 18th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The *Little Ringed Plover* was still there this morning. Also present were 2 Yellow Wagtails (male thunbergi + female), 2 Whitethoats, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whooper...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis An immature *White-billed Diver* was seen offshore early afternoon Scoloaig, North Uist The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig this this...
  9. Hawkeye

    29th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Four Tree Sparrows seen there this morning. A Wood Sandpiper was seen nearby at Loch Stiapabhat in the afternoon Loch Barvas, Lewis The two Little Stints were seen there again this...
  10. Hawkeye

    17th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st may 2021. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist An early morning (05:15 - 10:15) seawatch produced 1 Long-tailed Skua (N at 0744hrs), 4 Arctic Skuas (N), 6 Bonxies (N), 96 Puffins (N), 7 Great Northern Divers (3S...
  11. Hawkeye

    14th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis The Dotterel was still to be found one mile west of the lighthouse. Three Tree Sparrows were in Gardens at Ness Balranald, North Uist 22 Pink-feet were seen on the reserve today and...
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Dotterel was seen one mile west of the lighthouse Barvas, Isle of Lewis A pair of Brambling were visiting a gardent there Balranald, North Uist Two drake Garganey are still...
  13. Hawkeye

    12th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist A Crossbill flew north this evening Balranald, North Uist Circa 30 Pink-feet, 40 Barnacle Geese and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the machair to the south of the...
  14. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Late news:- Two Short-eared Owls were seen there yesterday Butt of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was seen by pools near the lighthouse this morning. A male Pochard was nearby at...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd September 2020. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist Two Barnacle Geese and a Wood Sandpiper were seen on the reserve today Loch Mor, Baleshare Three ***Blue-winged Teal*** were there this morning. Four birds were...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Eight Sooty Shearwaters flew west between 0800 - 1000 Kneep, Isle of Lewis Four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen to the south of the Church of Scotland on Loch Triallabhat...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 18th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 20 Lapland Buntings were there today Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again seen on the beach this morning Oban Trumisgarry, North...
  18. Hawkeye

    20th May 2020

    News from Tristan Late this evening, a Wood Sandpiper was on the small flood behind the shore between Sand Street (Stornoway) and Steinish. Wood Sandpiper (C) and courtesy Tristan ap Rheinallt
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