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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A Lesser Whitethroat was there today

West side of Loch Bee, South Uist
A Lapland Bunting was present today plus a minimum of 8 Pink-footed Geese.

Howmore, South Uist
90 Pink-footed Geese were reported flying south there today.

Loch Bornish, South Uist
2 Pintail and 2 Pink-footed Geese were there.

Kildonan, South Uist
40 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east and 2 more were seen at nearby Askernish

Castlebay, Barra
Yellow-browed Warbler and Redwing were seen around the football pitch

Craigston, Barra
A flock of 28 Whooper Swan were on the sea today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A seawatch from 07:50 to 11:45
Weather: Wind NNE f4, mostly 8/8 cloud, a few brighter spells later. Temp 8 - 10C

Pink-footed Geese 694 (S, John noted that flocks were arriving off the sea throughout the count period), Whooper Swan 15 (S), Long-tailed Duck 1 (N), Red-breasted Merganser 3 (S), Red-throated Diver 3 (S), Great Northern Diver 1 (S) 1 (N), Gannet 106 (S) 26 (N), Shag 2 (S) 5 (N), Cormorant 2 (N), Kittiwake 2 (S) 4 (N), Guillemot 1 (S), Guillemot/Razorbill 1 (S).
Also present: Greylag Goose 63, Tufted Duck 3, Red-throated Diver 3, Lapwing 39, Golden Plover 1, Ringed Plover 84, Curlew 4, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Dunlin 10, Black-headed Gull 4, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 4, Skylark 3, Pied Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 8, Rock Pipit 2, Twite 2

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Pink-feet and Whooper Swans (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts


Senior Member
At least 3 flocks of Pink-footed Geese passed over Barra in the hour before sunrise today. The first Woodcock of the season was at Creachan where there was also a Yellow-browed Warbler. Another Yellow-brow was at Ardmhor and a Pied Flycatcher was at Morghan. There were a few Redwings around the island and an increase in Blackbird numbers.

Pied Flycatcher


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew:-

Yellow-browed Warbler in my garden still. 185 pink-feet over my house in 3 flocks & 15 whoopers (2 flocks) prior to 10:30

Single Yellow-browed Warbler at North Loch Eynort with at least 6 common type redpolls this afternoon