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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 17th October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Northbay House, Barra
A ***Baltimore Oriole*** was seen there early afternoon

Miavaig, Harris
12 Bramblings were there today

Carinish, North Uist
A Swallow was seen there

North Loch Eynort, South Uist
A Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Bramblings and 30 Redwings were seen there today and 48 Barnacle Geese flew south there this afternoon.

South Glendale, South Uist
40 Barnacle Geese flew south this morning.

Baltimore Oriole (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts


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The Baltimore Oriole found by Stuart Rivers in the late morning was present at Northbay House, Morghan til at least mid afternoon, though was generally rather flighty. Also on Barra today at least 5 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Siberian Chiffchaff. A Mistle Thrush was at Glen along with the Wood Warbler. There was an obvious influx of Greenfinches that included flocks of 20 at Brevig and 30 at Castlebay.



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News from Andrew, South Uist

yellow-browed warbler, chiffchaff, 2 brambling and 6 redwing at Snishival plantation
Coal tit and chiffchaff at Howmore, with c50 barnacle geese S there.
2 blackcap; 1 chiffchaff, 5 brambling and c30 redwing North Loch Eynort
2 brambling in my garden (also up to 10 greenfinch, 10 goldfinch and 8 chaffinch in recent days plus 2 house sparrows only the 2nd time birds have been in my garden this year)

Also my neighbours (the ones who had the kingbird) had a turtle dove in their garden on 9 or 10 Oct.


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News from Tony Marr at Ness

Butt of Lewis (am)
Golden Plover – 10 at lighthouse flew SW
Turnstone – 3 with the GPs
Common Snipe – one along cliffs
Fieldfare – one at lighthouse
Redwing – at the lighthouse 10 at (10.00) rose to 25 by (12.00)
Brambling – one in lighthouse compound
Snow Buntings – 6 at the lighthouse

Machair between Eoropie & Lionel Sports Centre
Golden Plover – 225

Port of Ness
Whooper Swan – at (08.25) 19 flew SE over the village
Redwing – 15
Blackcap – male
Yellow-browed Warbler – one


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North Uist: the Little Egret was seen again at Loch Grogary.

A 2 hour seawatch (once again late morning) at Aird an Runair included the following SW: 23 Brent Geese (also juvenile still present on nearby stubble), 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Northern Divers, 22 Kittiwakes, at least 3 Razorbills (also 56 Guillemots/Razorbills) and 3 Skylarks.

At Loch Sandary there were 52 Black-tailed Godwits.