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A flock of at least 45 Pink-footed Geese flew S over Carinish, North Uist this morning as I was taking the dogs out while a Water Rail (the first for some while) was 'squealing' in the marsh.

Later in the morning there was the first arrival of Whooper Swans on Baleshare, North Uist with three on Loch Mhic Coan and Vicky and Terry Easter saw a herd of 24. A Great Skua flew N off Baleshare beach.
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Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 21st September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Hirta St Kilda
A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* and 2 Lapland Buntings were seen on Ruaival this morning

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
2 drake Surf Scoters [adult and 1W], 160 Common Scoter, 2 Black-throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver were seen in the sound this morning

South Glendale, South Uist
44 Pink-footed Geese flew south at 08.30

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (C) and courtesy of Cairan Hatsell
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News from Tristan

About 2,200 pinkfeet flew southeast over Stornoway this morning, between 08h15 and 09h15.


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A skein of 35 Pink-feet flew south over Barra this morning and a Common Rosefinch was at Glen briefly this afternoon.


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News from Tony Marr at Ness:

Butt of Lewis (N gale F.8)
Sooty Shearwater – 60+ passed close in E-W in 40 mins (0800-0840)
Manx Shearwater – 32 E-W
Bonxie – 18 E-W
Pinkfooted Geese – 418 passed overhead NW-SE (early am)

Loch Stiapabhat LNR (am)
Black-tailed Godwit – 2
Ruff – 1

Port of Ness (pm)
Sand Martin – still one
Swallow – 11
Tree Sparrow – still 2
Whinchat – still one
Willow Warbler – one

*Mediterranean Gull* –
a 2nd winter around the harbour (early afternoon)