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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 4th October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Eoligarry, Isle of Barra
The ***Isabelline Shrike*** was again in the garden of Donscurravel House this morning

Askernish, South Uist
The ***Lesser Yellowlegs*** was still on the flooded field near golf clubhouse this morning

Creachan, Barra
A **Blyth's Reed Warbler** was there this afternoon

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in Lews Castle grounds along the Strawberry Hill Trail this afternoon

Shawbost, Isle of Lewis
2 Scaup were on Loch Grinnebhat

Upper Coll, Isle of Lewis
2 Common Redpolls were in a small planation there

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A Lesser Whitethroat was there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:55 - 10:20
Weather: Wind SW f6 veering W f 4-5. Dull with drizzle and occasional sea mist. Temp 12.5C

A 2+ hour seawatch produced 1 Teal (S), 3 Eider (S), 3 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 203 Gannets (211S, 2N), 2 Cormorants (S), 1 Golden Plover (S), 104 Snipe (S), 1 Kittiwake (S), 2 Black-headed Gulls (S), 7 Razorbills (S), 1 Puffin (S) and 8 auk sp (S)
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 42, Red-throated Diver 1 and Skylark 5


Senior Member
A Pied Flycatcher, first seen on Sunday, is still present in a garden near Loch Sandary, North Uist.

At Loch Paible, North Uist a flock of 57 Barnacle Geese came down to rest and later departed S.

Five Pink-footed Geese also landed and there must have been well over 200 Snipe in the general area (impossible to work out how many as flocks coming and going; largest wisp was 37).

Six Black-tailed Godwits were at Knockintorran, North Uist.


Senior Member
On a wet and windy morning on Vatersay I noticed a Merlin perched in an unusual spot; on the windscreen wipers of an abandoned van! On Barra the Blyth's Reed Warbler found at Creachan during the late afternoon was typically very elusive. A Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap were also at this site and the Wood Warbler remained at Glen.



Always Birding
The Isabelline Shrike was again showing well in between the showers at Duncurraval House this morning. Snipe were noticable with at least 3 wisps of 20+ passing over, there was a Wheatear at Eoligarry jetty which according to those on the island were scarce this year and 42 Barnacle Geese flew over mid afternoon

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tony Marr at Ness

Butt of Lewis – Port of Ness (am)
Snow Bunting – 8 near the lighthouse in mid-morning
Barnacle Geese – flocks of 28, 48, 46, and 16 E-W round the Butt
Barn Swallow – one in Port of Ness
Chiffchaff – one there
Willow Warbler – one there
Arctic Tern – one at Port of Ness

Machair between Lionel School and Eoropie (pm)
Golden Plover – 550
Black-tailed Godwit – one
Bar-tailed Godwit – one