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

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** and an adult Rose-coloured Starling were in the village this morning. A Swift was seen later in the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still at the landfill site, reported as "looking a bit dirty"

Baleshare, North Uist
There are now 2 *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* at Traigh Leathann. The original bird, which was seen early this morning, has been now been joined by a second bird which arrived around midday

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Snowy owl and Rose-coloured Starling courtesy of Cairan Hatsell
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Always Birding
Many more passerines around Askernish today reflected in the numbers ringed today with 90 birds [all juveniles] ringed in 2 hours this morning. They were 74 Meadow Pipits, 14 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Willow Warbler and a male Sparrowhawk


Senior Member
The Med Gull was again at Traigh Mhor, Barra this evening and a Ruff was with Lapwing on the machair just north of the airport. Earlier in the day, I arrived at work to find a big box containing a bird that had been mauled by a cat. I must admit I was expecting it to be a Robin or Blackbird, but opening the lid I found a young Corncrake looking back at me. It was a bit ruffled but otherwise ok despite its earlier encounter, so I released it nearby and last saw it running up a path towards the nearest patch of nettles!