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Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today 6th October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The **Snowy Owl*** was once again in the village. 117 Icelandic Redwings were all newly arrived on the island

Eoligarry, Isle of Barra
The ***Isabelline Shrike*** was again in the garden of Donscurravel House The *Mediterranean Gull* was nearby at Eoligarry jetty

Askernish, South Uist
The ***Lesser Yellowlegs*** and Pectoral Sandpiper are still on the fields by the clubhouse and have now been joined by an *American Golden Plover*

Bragar, Isle of Lewis
A Barred Warbler was in the Post office garden this morning. A Lesser Whitethroat was also in the area

Carinish, North Uist
A Willow Warbler was there today

West Gerinish, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on the Range today

Druidibeg Plantation, South Uist
4 Redwings were seen there today

Brevig, Barra
The Barred Warbler was there again today and the Yellow-browed Warbler was nearby at Creachan.

Gleann, Barra
The Wood Warbler was still there

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Snowy Owl and Redwing (C) and courtesy of Ciaran Hatsell
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A look in a few North Uist gardens this morning revealed a couple of Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat (in a Clachan-a-Luib garden) while the Pied Flycatcher (from Sunday) was still present.


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Although now much more wide ranging the Lesser Yellowlegs was at last more obliging this morning, unlike the Pectoral Sandpiper, They were joined mid morning by an American Golden Plover, probably the same bird that was reported on 3rd October

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News from Tristan in Lewis

Birds in Stornoway Castle Grounds this morning:
Long-tailed Tit 3
Chiffchaff 1
Redwing 1
Swallow 5
Siskin 3
Common Redpoll 3 (plus 5 redpoll sp.)

At Steinish this evening, ca 70 Snipe was the largest number I've ever seen in the Stornoway area. Also 8 Swallows and a flock of 240 Golden Plover.


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News from Tony Marr at Ness:

A beautiful calm, sunny, clear day after weeks of almost continuous rain and gale-force winds made a welcome change. Observations were concentrated on Port of Ness itself.
Redwing – 75+ in the gardens through the day, most passing on southwards
Brambling – 1
Barn Swallow – 1
Tree Sparrow – 2
Goldfinch – 3
Stonechat – 2
Reed Bunting – 1
Garden Warbler – 2
Blackcap – 2
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 1