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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today. 18th November 2018. Updated throughout the day

Paiblesgarry, North Uist
The Cackling Goose and Canada Goose were there this morning The drake *Green-winged Teal*, a pale-bellied Brent Goose, 13 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch Sandary.

Carinish, North Uist
A Common Redpoll was seen there this morning

South Glendale, South Uist
5 Blackcaps were in a garden there

Northbay, Barra
2 Blackacaps and 2 Woodcock were seen there today

Borve, Barra
The small Canada Goose was there again today
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew, South Uist

Drake ring-necked duck (returning bird ?) on Coot Loch this afternoon. Also there, single blackwit, 4 coot, pr of pintail & 14 gadwall.
Drake green-winged teal on nearby Loch Mor but chased and probably caught! (they were at the far end of the loch by then) by an adult white-tailed eagle that was hunting wildfowl on the loch.
Still up to 3 brambling and 2 blackcaps in my garden at Bornish.
Yesterday afternoon went for a look around Ollag/Ardnamonie on east side of Loch Bee following the report of a snowy owl there a couple of days ago – no sign but 3 daytime hunting short-eared owls.


Always Birding
A very noticable increase of Greenfinch and Goldfinch around Askernish today plus Woodcock, a Chiffchaff and Brambling were new arrivals

Ringed Plover on the beach


Senior Member
Not a very successful attempt to obtain any worthwhile photos of the Canada Goose and Cackling Goose on the Paiblesgarry machair this morning. These two have been present in the area since the 8th and one only identified as Cackling Goose the previous day.