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

Loch Paible, North Uist
The ***Broad-billed Sandpiper*** was seen again at the south end of the loch early afternoon and still present late evening

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A drake Surf Scoter was present late morning, the first record for that island

Loch nan Faoileann, Daliburgh, South Uist
The 2 **Red-rumped Swallows** were there again this morning. They are also seen on Loch nan Clacha-Mora behind the Co-op. At least 6 House Martins were also present

South Glendale, South Uist
A *Golden Oriole* was there early this morning. A Garden Warbler was also singing there, the first spring record on South Uist since 2014

Castlebay, Barra
2 drake *Mandarin Duck* were still in a garden close to the football pitch. A Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher were also in the area


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The Stinky Bay surf scoter appears to be a 1st summer male not adult.

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