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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th April 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
two juvenile Iceland Gulls were seen there early afternoon

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
12 Woodpigeons were present today

The range, South Uist
58 Black-tailed Godwits and 51 Whimbrel were by the LA2 pools

Peninerine, South South Uist
An immature Iceland gull was there early afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A drake Garganey was seen on Loch Ardvule this morning. 54 Black-tailed Godwits and 17 Whimbrel were in the area. 3 Great Skuas, 27 Brent Geese and 23 Pink-footed Geese flew north this morning

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A sea-watch this morning (08:25 - 10:25) produced 7 Great Skuas (N), 4 Arctic Skuas (N), 122 Kittiwakes (N), 10 Fulmars (N), 23 Arctic Tern (N), 6 Red-throated Diver (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (N), 2 Common Scoters (N) and 2 Whimbrel (N).
15 Whimbrel, 4 Barnacle Geese and a Pink-footed Goose also in the area. 2 Coots, 40 Sand Martins and 43 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch nam Feithean

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Iceland Gull (C) Sam Hawkins & Hooded Crow snacking on tadpoles (c) Graham Forsyth


Senior Member
My first Cuckoo of the year was singing at Northbay this morning. At least 1 House Martin was still around Brevig. 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Eoligarry and a Pink-footed Goose was at Scurrival. There were c350 Golden Plovers around the north and west of the island, a clear increase from yesterday plus an increase in Whimbrels. It seems to be a good year for Sand Martins: a flock of 13 at Eoligarry was a high count by Barra's standards!

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Sand Martin.


Always Birding
Still some Black-tailed Godwits to be found on Daliburgh machair including a colour ringed bird from Iceland, ringed as a chick, still awaiting full details. A Gadwall on Loch Hallan was unusual as was circa 80 Sand Martins around our local colony where only 10 - 15 pairs normally breed. 20 Whimbrel were on the beach at Frobost and a pair of Pintail were on the flooded machair

A Woodpigeon, male Blackcap and 3 female Siskins visited a garden in Askernish yesterday and a Whitethroat was also seen in the township

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Senior Member
1 swallow & c30 sand martins at Coot Loch.

25th - woodpigeon and female blackcap in my garden in Bornish. 6 Arctic terns and 2 common terns at Scotvein Grimsay also 3 whimbrel there.

24th - 15 sand martins Howmore/Drimsdale.

cheers, Andrew