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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 3rd October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Eoligarry, Isle of Barra
The ***Isabelline Shrike*** was again in the garden of Donscurravel House A Barred Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and 3Grey Wagtails were also seen on the island

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
A *Common Rosefinch* was seen in crops there early afternoon

Bragar, Isle of Lewis
2 Lapland Buntings were seen flying north early this morning and a Mealy Redpoll was in a garden there

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Sooty Shearwater was seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning

Carinish, North Uist
A Turtle Dove was seent here this evening

Askernish, South Uist
An *American Golden Plover* was seen there early afternoon.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:40 - 10:25
Weather: Wind WSW F5-6, 8/8 cloud, very dull with some sea mist and persistent heavy drizzle. Temp 12.5C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (N), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (N), 3 Red-throated Divers (1S 2N), 1 Black-throated Diver (N), 2 Great Northern Diver (N), 170 Gannets (153S 17N), 10 Golden Plover (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 3 Guillemots (S), 4 Razorbills (S) and 3 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 21, Red-throated Diver 2, Common Buzzard 1, Curlew 3, Bar-tailed Godwit 5 and Snipe 17
 
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Bruce

Senior Member
The Isabelline Shrike on Barra was showing reasonably well today though wasn't anything like as confiding as yesterday. Nearby the long staying second winter Med Gull was still by Eoligarry jetty and 13 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. A Wood Warbler and at least 1 Lesser Whitethroat were still at Glen and 3 Grey Wagtails were on the island.

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