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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 28th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch Ordais, Ilse of Lewis
A juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was on the this evening before flying to the west

Hirta, St Kilda
The first Redwings (3) of the autumn were seen on the island this morning. A Grey wagtail was also around the helipad

West Gerinish, South Uist
3 Pectoral Sandpipers were seen briefly this morning. 106 Black-tailed Godwite were nearby on the west side of Loch Bee

Iochar, South Uist
A Curlew Sandpiper was seen near Hebridean Jewellery

Loch Bornish, South Uist
One of the Little Egrets was still on the loch this morning

Icelandic Redwing (C) and courtesy of Cairan Hatsell
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Always Birding
Passerines much in evidence again this morning with an influx of Reed Bunting and Redpoll plus a steady trickle of Swallows. A Barred Warbler was a surprise find in the garden. Several family groups of Whooper Swan flew over Askernish early morning



Senior Member
On Barra a new Lesser Whitethroat was at Craigston and at least 1 was still at Glen, bringing the total to 4 birds in recent days. 2 Blackcaps were at Morghan and a Wood Warbler and Common Whitethroat were seen briefly by others there. The Reed Bunting influx mentioned by Ian was also evident here with c15 present at Brevig early morning. A Siskin was at Northbay. On Vatersay this afternoon a flock of c300 Twite near the township contained at least 1 North-western type Redpoll.

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A Lapland Bunting was heard at Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning and 25 Black-tailed Godwits were near Loch Sandary. A Brambling was in a Paiblesgarry garden, North Uist the previous day.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tony Marr at Ness:

There were 5 Snow Buntings on the Butt cliffs a quarter of a mile SW of the lighthouse this morning.