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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st July 2022. Updated throughout the day

Eoropie, Isle of Lewis
2 Whimbrel were seen on the machair today

St Kilda
Late news of a Pectoral Sandpiper seen "at sea" flying around the RV Celtic Explorer, an Irish research vessel, 47.42km (29.46 miles) NNW of St Kilda last Tuesday, 19th July

Ardivachar, South Uist
A Little Stint was there this afternoon


Senior Member
Cuckoos seem to have had a productive breeding season with at least 5 juveniles being fed by Meadow Pipits around the island today. An obvious influx of Golden Plovers and Oystercatchers in the past 2 days and yesterday, 2 Sandwich Terns on Vatersay South Beach and another at Traigh Mhor.