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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
16 Storm Petrels, 2 Leach's Petrels, 25 Arctic Skuas 20 Great Skuas and 2 Pomarine Skuas were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry today

Langass Lodge, North Uist
The Wryneck was near there again late morning by a small derelict building. A Lesser Whitethroat and male Blackcap were also present
Please Note:- Please refrain from using the Langass Lodge car park

Balranald, North Uist
A Wood Warbler was seen there early afternoon

Carinish, North Uist
The Rose-coloured Starling is still in a garden there

Snishival Plantation, South Uist
A Turtle Dove was there today

Caolas, Vatersay
A Marsh Harrier was there this afternoon [see @Bruce post below]

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 12:45 - 14:30
Weather: Wind SSE f3-4, mostly cloudy, misty out to sea.Temp 16C

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 9 Great Northern Divers (S), 114 Gannets (110S 4N), 7 Shag (1S 6N), 2 Cormorants (S), 4 Kittiwakes (S), 4 Black-headed Gulls (S), 2 Sandwich Terns (S), 4 Arctic Terns (S), 1 *Black Tern* (S) and 8 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 1, Red-throated Diver 3, Cormorant 12, Hen Harrier 1, Common Buzzard 4, Lapwing 36, Bar-tailed Godwit 20, Black-tailed Godwit 30, Knot 1, Purple Sandpiper 1, Guillemot 9, Razorbill 12, Rock Dove 3, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 6, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 26 and Rock Pipit 1

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Reed Bunting (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsyth Marsh Harrier (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts Rose-coloured Starling (C) and courtesy of Brian Rabbitts
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3+ Pied Flycatchers and a Turtle Dove still present on Barra today. I was driving along the lane at Caolas, Vatersay in the rain this afternoon when a Marsh Harrier dropped out of the sky and landed on the road about 20m in front of me. It spent the next 10 minutes there until a van came along. It looked like it had a tough journey getting here and appeared to nod off a couple of times, however it perked up after a short rest.