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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today 24th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** is still present on the island. Other migrants seen today were a drake Long-tailed Duck, Jack Snipe, Song Thrush and a *Common Rosefinch*

Snowy Owl (C) and courtesy of Cairan Hatsell


Senior Member
On Barra today a Lesser Whitethroat and my first Grey Wagtail of the year were at Glen this morning. There was a noticeable increase in the number of Goldfinches and Song Thrushes around the island including about 30 of the latter around Brevig. Other than that though, birding continues to be hard work!


Always Birding
Like Bruce, birding is hard work here too, but 6 Pink-feet on the fields at Askernish were new for the patch this year. 120+ Snipe on a small flooded area in the same field was an unusual sight. 4 Black-tailed Godwits and flock of 60+ Twite were on the machair plus several Wheatears which looked as if the could be from Greenland. In the township there were 2 Willow Warblers and a noticeable increase in the number of Blackbirds and Linnet

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