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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Borve, Berneray
A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Blackcap were there this morning

Trumisgarry, North Uist
The Little Egret was seen there again today

Carinish, North Uist
40 Barnacle Geese flew south over at 09:30

Loch Paible, North Uist
Two ***Cackling Geese*** were among circa 2000 Barnacle Geese this morning. A little Stint and eight Lapland Buntings were also present

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler, two Chiffchaffs (one possible Siberian Chiffchaff), a Blackcap, two Brambling and four Siskins were seen there today. 43 Barnacle Geese flew south

Balashare, North Uist
The four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen again today on Loch Mor. Two Lapland Buntings and 600 Barnacle Geese were also on the island

Loch Mor, Benbecula
A Ruff was seen there today

West Gerinish, South Uist
A female Scaup was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. The *American Golden Plover* were on the flashes by Launch Area 3. A Ruff was also in the area

Druidibeg Plantation
A Yellow-browed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, and Blackcap were seen there today

A Hawfinch, 16 Yellow-browed Warblers, Two Pied Flycatchers, a Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail and 10+ Brambling were seen on the island today


Always Birding
3 Lapland Buntings were on Bornish machair in amongst a flock of circa 20 Skylark and my first Long-tailed Duck of the winter was on Loch Ardvule. 8 Whooper Swans were on Loch West Ollay and 37 Barnacle Geese were on the west shore where similar numbers spent last winter.

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness:-

A NW near-gale with heavy downpours continued all day, with some sunny periods in the afternoon. It was uncomfortably cold.

Butt of Lewis
Sooty Shearwater – 3 passed E-W in the morning
Manx Shearwater – 5 E-W
Snow Bunting – 2 near the lighthouse – first of the autumn

Loch Stiapabhat
Whooper Swan – 4 (one juv.) flew off at (1040)
Ruff – 2

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1
Lapland Bunting – 1