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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A ***Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll*** was seen in a sycamore tree by 9 Port of Ness and then flew off. [See news from Tony Marr below]

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
24 Whoopers Swans were seen between 10:00-1100, 18 of which headed south while 6 (2 adults 4 juvs) alighted on Loch na Tiumpan. A further 13 headed East at 15:00

Miavaig, Isle of Lewis
A Fieldfare was seen there today

Balemore , North Uist
A white morph ***Snow Goose***, 34 Barnacle Geese, 4 Lapland Buntings and 44 Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair in Balemore/Rubh' Arnal area. 120 Barnacle Geese and 222 Pink-footed Geese flew south there late morning.

Loch Sandary, North Uist
2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Coot were there today

Langass, North Uist
A Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler were seen there today plus 32 Whooper Swans and 250 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying over

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today

Ardnamonie, South Uist
A Ring Ouzel was there this morning.

The Range, South Uist
2 **White-rumped Sandpipers** were around the flooded area at Launch Area 2 this evening

North Loch Eynort, South Uist
A female Ring Ouzel was seen there this morning.

Eologarry, Barra
This morning 143 Barnacle Geese (3, 13, 31, 43, 20, 33), 3 Great Northern Divers and 5 Whoopers flew south over the jetty area. 3 Pale-bellied Brents were nearby on the airport sands.

Coalas, Vatersay
14 Black-throated Divers were in Caolas Bhatarsaigh today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A seawatch this morning, 07:40 - 10:05
Weather: Wind W f3 backing WSW, mix of cloud and bright spells. Temp10-11C.

Barnacle Geese 1 (S), Whooper Swan 5 (S), Tufted Duck 7 (S), Eider 9 (S) 4 (N), Red-throated Diver 2 (S), Black-throated Diver 1 (S), Great Northern Diver 8 (S) 1 (N), Gannet 22 (S) 3 (N), Shag 2 (S) 25 (N), Cormorant 2 (S) 3 (N), Kittiwake 44 (S), Black-headed Gull 1 (S), Glaucous Gull 1 (S), Guillemot 1 (S), Razorbill 1 (S), Razorbill/Guillemot 28 (S)
Also present in the area: Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 12, Common Buzzard 2, Bar-tailed Godwit 14, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Rock Dove 19, Raven 2, Skylark 9, Meadow Pipit 3, Rock Pipit 2, Twite 21
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan:-
A juvenile American Golden Plover was at Loch Ordais this morning but flew off calling after a couple of minutes and I didn't see it again.
Attached record shot is truly awful
Also 15 Barnacle Geese (my first of the autumn) flew SW past Labost, as did 2 Long-tailed Ducks and a Bonxie. A Gadwall, a Chiffchaff and 3 Redwings were at Loch Ordais, and a Willow Warbler in Bragar village.



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A big fall of Redwings on Barra today with a thousand or more weary looking birds around the island. 40 or so Barnacle Geese were at Borve and 15 Pink-footed Geese flew south past Allasdale. The Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tangasdale and the Subalpine Warbler was trapped and ringed at Nasg. The tail pattern of this bird indicates that it's not an Eastern Subalpine. DNA analysis will no doubt prove which of the other two options it is!

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Today on St Kilda : minimum 150 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Ring Ouzel, 25 Snow Bunting, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Chiff Chaff, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Raven, 1 Wigeon, 3 Dunlin.

Flying east over Ruival this aftenoon: 14 Barnacle Geese, 43 Pink-footed Geese & 2 Whooper Swans.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tony Marr at Ness:-

This afternoon I found a Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll in the sycamore trees beside the house in which I am staying, 9 Port of Ness. It showed well for a mere few minutes before flying off towards the village gardens, but despite being in the area for the next three hours, I could not find it again. I was unable to obtain any photos. The wind up here yesterday reached storm force from the south-west in the morning, with frequent torrential downpours throughout the day.