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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A Pied Flycatcher was there early afternoon

Labost, Isle of Lewis
A Snow Bunting was on the headland this morning

Bragar, Isle of Lewis
A Slavonian Grebe and a flock of 40+ Reed Buntings were there today

Langass, North Uist
A Wryneck was there late morning

Sollas, North Uist
A Turtle Dove was there today

Balranald, North Uist
2 ***Snow Geese***, 4+ Lapland Buntings and an Arctic Tern were there this morning.

Kyles Paible, North Uist
27 Black-tailed Godwits were there this morning

Baleshare, North Uist
A Spotted Redshank was at Eachcamish today

The Range, South Uist
The ***Long-billed Dowitcher*** was again on the flooded area near Launch Area 2 this morning and present into the evening. 3 Black-tailed Godwits were also there

Grogarry Lodge, South Uist
A Turtle Dove and a Common Redstart were seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:25 - 10:30
Weather: Wind SE backing ESE f4, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 17C.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Common Scoters (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (1S 2N), 621 Gannets (557S 62N), 25 Shag (3S 22N), 2 Cormorants (S), 71 Kittiwakes (68S 3N), 5 Arctic Terns (S), 2 Guillemots (S), 1 Razorbill (S), 26 auk sp (15S 11N), 1 Kestrel (S) and 10 Raven (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 56, Red-throated Diver 2, Common Buzzard 2, Ringed Plover 12, Turnstone 9, Dunlin 16, Snipe 4, Redshank 3, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 12, Wheatear 2, Pied Wagtail 2, White Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 7, Rock Pipit 1 and Twite 11

50 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch Bornish

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Photographs (C) and courtesy of Sam Elmer, Brian Rabbitts, Ian Thompson & Graham Forsyth
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A minimum of 5 Pied Flycatchers on Barra today plus a Wood Warbler at Castlebay and an increase in Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps around the island. The 2w Iceland Gull was still at Castlebay.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew:-

Subalpine Warbler briefly again in my garden early afternoon. Also 2 juv/F blackcaps, chiffchaff and a willow warbler in my garden.

A male Blackcap and Garden Warbler were at Snishival Plantation