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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** was seen there again today, as was the female ***Snowy Owl***. Two Pectoral Sandpipers were also on the island as was the Shelduck, a Grey Plover and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was there this afternoon

Griminish Point, North Uist
2 Leach's Petrels, 4 Sooty Shearwaters and 9 Puffins flew west in 1.5 hours this morning. 13 Pink-feet also came in-off the sea

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Leach's Petrel, juvenile *Sabine's Gull* , 50 Storm Petrels and a Pomarine Skua were seen at sea from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry this morning

Loch Paible, North Uist
Two juvenile Little Stints, five Brent Geese and ten Barnacle Geese were there this morning

Loch a Bhursta, Market Stance, Benbecula
The female *Ring-necked Duck* was still present amongst the Tufted Ducks this afternoon

Ormiclate, South Uist
Two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* were on the machair with circa 300 Golden Plover opposite Loch Toronais

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20-09:55
Weather: Wind W f 5-6, 8/8 cloud. Temp 14c

A 1.5 hour seawatch this morning described as "another poor watch, winds still not quite right for this headland in autumn" produced 2 Red-throated Divers, (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 12 gannets (9S 3N), 1 Guillemot (S), and 1 Razorbill (S).
Also present in the area were Shoveler 1, Wigeon 1, Tufted Duck 7, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Hen Harrier 1, Skylark 24, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 1, and Meadow Pipit 6

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Buff-bellied Pipit & 2 Pectoral Sandpipers (C) Craig Nisbet
 
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