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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 12th October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Reed Warbler was heard singing by Willowglen Burn at Porters' Lodge
Note: This record was later withdrawn by the observer

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
A Lapland Bunting was still there today along with eight Pale-bellied Brent Geese. A Juvenile Iceland Gull was nearby at Loch Sandary.

Loch Paible, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** were again at Loch Paible. A Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and a Female Blackcap were at Paiblesgarry

Clachan Sands, North Uist
The Little Egret was there again today

Baleshare, North Uist
The four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen this morning on Loch na Paisg and later on Loch Mor

The Range, South Uist
The *American Golden Plover* was by the Qinetic buildings and the Pectoral Sandpiper and Ruff were on pools by Launch Area 2. The female scaup was still in the south-west corner of Loch Bee

Druidibeg Plantation, South Uist
A Crossbill, Redpoll and a Blackcap were seen there this morning. An Iceland Gull was nearby at Grogarry opposite Kinloch B&B

Daliburgh, South Uist
A Fieldfare was at the entrance to Daliburgh machair

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Fieldfare and Blackcap (C) and courtesy of Alan Irvine & Peter Murray. Blue-winged Teal


Always Birding
News today of a juvenile Meadow Pipit ringed in Askernish on 9th September 2020 being controlled (caught and released by a ringer) at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory on 8th October. It had travelled 284 Km in 29 days on its journey south

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