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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 2nd October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Eoligarry, Barra
An *** Isabelline Shrike*** was seen there this afternoon at NF698083 in the garden and surrounding area on Donscurravel house

Earshader. Isle of Lewis
A Little Egret was there this afternoon, on the edge of Loch Roag

Ardroil, Isle of Lewis
A Pied Flycatcher was seen in a garden there

Carloway, Isle of Lewis
A group of 5 White-tailed Eagles were seen flying north rogether this evening

Bragar, Isle of Lewis
A Sooty Shearwaters few past Geodha nan Cuileachean this afternoon

West Gerinish, South Uist
2 Pectoral Sandpipers and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Range there this morning

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Isabelline Shrike (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts
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Always Birding
The Lesser Yellowlegs was again in the field [first on the left past the culvert] at Askernish, near to the golf clubhouse this morning. There were also 2 Black-tailed Godwits later in the same field

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan, Isle of Lewis

Seawatch this morning from Labost (07h25-09h25, in WNW8 with showers) produced:
Sooty Shearwater 2
Manx Shearwater 1
Bonxie 7
Arctic Skua 1
Great Northern Diver 1
Long-tailed Duck 1
Wigeon 5
Fulmar 4
Kittiwake 50
Guillemot/Razorbill 32
Gannet hundreds

Also a Snow Bunting on the headland there, a Purple Sandpiper and 13 Whooper Swans on Loch Ordais.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tony Marr at Ness

Butt of Lewis: NW F.9 Severe Gale
Seawatch (1) (0740 – 0840)
Sooty Shearwater
– 2 E-W
Gannet – 1,800 E-W
Auk sp. - 2 E-W
Bonxie – 1 E-W

Seawatch (2) (1430 – 1600)
Sooty Shearwater
– 3 E-W
Gannet – 990 E-W
Auk sp. - 9 E-W
Manx Shearwater – 1 E-W
Arctic Tern – I juv. E-W
GN Diver – 1 W-E

Loch Stiapabhat LNR
Whooper Swan - (am) 37 (2 juvs) at (0730) had all gone by (0900) : (pm) 4 at (1300) flew off S at (1414)