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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua and 92 Sooty Shearwaters flew past between 07:00 - 08:20. A Lapland Bunting was also in the area

Tobson, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis
350 Pink-footed Geese flew over in 4 groups today

Uig Sands, Isle of Lewis
2 female Goosanders were seen there today

Labost, Isle of Lewis
A 5 hour seawatch (07:00 - 12:00), in a WNW near-gale produced 2 *Sabine's Gulls* (juv), 16 Leach's Petrels, 331 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Great Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas, 17 R-throated Divers, 20 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Arctic Terns, 2 Teal and 1 Common Scoter. Also c165 Pinkfeet came in off the sea and appeared to head inland.

Mangersta, Isle of Lewis
2 adult Pomarine Skuas and 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Arctic Skuas, 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 100 Manx Shearwaters flew past between 08:30 - 09:00

Borve, Berneray
A Lapland was seen on the machair today

Aird an Runair, North Uist
1 Leach's Petrel and 110 Manx Shearwaters passed off shore this morning. 3 Lapland Buntings were nearby on the machair

Loch Hosta, North Uist
A Slavonian Grebe was seen there today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A juvenile *Sabine's Gull* was feeding there this evening.

The Range, South Uist
A ***Long-billed Dowitcher*** was with Golden Plovers to the west of the Qinetiq buildings and later seen on the flooded area by Launch Area 2

Ormiclate, South Uist
100+ Blackwits on Bornish-Ormiclate machairs plus 2 Ruff and a juvenile Knot on Ormiclate machair.

Askernish, South Uist
A Corncrake was seen on the machair this afternoon

Balnabodach, Barra
The ***Western Bonnelli's Warbler*** was ringed and released at midday [see @Bruce post below]

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:55 - 09:45
Weather: Wind varying W-WNW f5-6. 8/8 high cloud. Temp 12C

A near 3 hour seawatch this morming produced 73 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S),12 Teal (S), 12 Red-throated Divers (S), 8 Great Northern Divers (S), 17 Manx Shearwaters (5S 12N), 26 Gannets (17S 9N), 1 Shag (S), 6 Golden Plovers (S - in off the sea), 2 Kittiwakes (S), 2 Arctic Terns [juveniles] (S) and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the are were Red-breasted Merganser 1, Cormorant 16, Hen Harrier 1, Rock Dove 12 and Merlin 1

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Long-billed Dowitcher (C) and courtesy of Julian Allan. Sparrowhawk (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsyth
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The Western Bonelli's Warbler, now present for its 4th day was ringed and released at midday at Bolnabodach. Otherwise it was pretty quiet on Barra. There were more Pied/White Wagtails around today, the usual Grey Wagtail was still at Brevig and another was at Cuithir.