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Local Rarity 3rd June 2024


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd June 2024. Updated throughout the day

Aird an Runair, North Uist
3 Long-tailed Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas and 236 Manx Shearwaters flew north between 0700 - 1000. A male Ruff was nearby at Loch nam Fiethean

Carinish, North Uist
A female Hawfinch was visiting a garden there

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Hawfich (C) Brian Rabbitts
A Hobby flew west over Castlebay/Glen late afternoon, presumably the same bird we saw a few days ago. The main news though was confirmation that Dippers have bred successfully near Brevig. Following a surprise sighting of a single bird a week ago, further investigation revealed a pair feeding well grown young out of the nest today, apparently the first confirmed breeding record for Barra.
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