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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
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 Loch Stiapabhat, a Lapland Bunting was close the the hide and the Carrion Crow was seen briefly before heading east

Balranald, North Uist
A single House Martin, 12 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pink-feet, 21 Corncrakes (heard only), 5 Common Scoter, a Bonxie, two Iceland Gulls and 84 Purple Sandpiper were seen in and around the area this morning. A Chiffchaff was nearby at Hougharry.
A seawatch this evening from Aird an Runair (18:00-1945) produced 10 Bonxies (N), 11 Arctic Skuas (N), 10 Manx Shearwaters (N), and c400 Arctic Terns. A pair Garganey was seen on the flooded machair to the east of the campsite in the evening

Rubha Mor, North Uist
The four *Snow Geese* were on the flooded machair this morning.

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
236 Ravens were seen there this afternoon. 8 Brent Goose, 236 Raven, 2 Corn Bunt, 5 Iceland Gulls, 7000 Dunlin, and 250 Ringed Plover where also in the area

Knockintorran, North Uist
A Redwing was there today

Carnan, South Uist
The two Common Redpolls were still visiting a garden there as was a Lesser Redpoll

Howmore, South Uist
An adult Iceland Gull was north of the Howmore River. Four Barnacle Geese were also in the area

Askernish, South Uist
A Brambling and two Woodpigeon were visiting a garden there. Two House Martins were around the township late evening

Loch Hallan, South Uist
A Marsh Harrier was there early afternoon which was also seen at Allasdale, Barra in the morning

Eoligarry, Barra
Two Wood Sandpipers were there this afternoon
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Always Birding
The Lesser Redpoll controlled here at Askernish yesterday was originally ringed at Middleton Nature Reserve, Lancashire on 20th April this year and had travelled 452km in 20days. A ringed Willow Warbler that had unfortunately flown into a window and died in South Glendale yesterday had been ringed on Lundy Island, Devon on 4th May and travelled 683km in 12 days. The maps show a definite movement north despite the weather

lesser redpoll control map.JPG willow warbler map.JPG
Lesser Redpoll & Willow Warbler