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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
The Whinchat was still present this morning reported as "still looking fed up with life"

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
An adult **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen on the beach late afternoon and still present in the evening

Seilebost, Isle of Harris
18 Common Scoters were seen there today

Balranald, North Uist
An *American Golden Plover* was with Golden Plovers in stubble fields circa 1 mile west of the visitors centre. 5 Lapland Buntings were also seen there today.

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The juvenile *Sabine's Gull* was still present early morning and still there this evening

Eochar, South Uist
A juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was on the mud flats opposite Hebridean Jewellery this morning

Balnabodach, Barra
The ***Western Bonelli's Warbler*** was again seen there today

The Range, South Uist
A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on the flooded machair by Launch Area 2 early this morning
Please Note:- The Range is "Active" today between 10:00 - 17:00 and hence there is no access to the area during these times

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White-rumped Sandpiper (C) and courtesy of Josh Jones
 

Bruce

Senior Member
On Barra the Western Bonelli's Warbler was still at Bolnabodach this afternoon and the 2w Iceland Gull was still at Castlebay. There seemed to be a few more migrants about today including a Lesser Whitethroat at Eoligarry, a scattering of new Goldcrests around the island and a few high flying Song Thrushes. I was surprised to find a dead Corncrake chick on the beach at Eoligarry; I would guess it was roughly 3 weeks old, which would mean it hatched in late August which seems extremely late.

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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew:-

A better day today with a juv semipalmated sandpiper at opposite Heb Jewellery and a juv pectoral sandpiper at LA2 on the Range. (The Range is active all this week with limited access). No sign of the dowitcher again though.

Juv Sabine’s gull from yesterday eve showed very well in Stinky Bay today.

No sign of the subalpine warbler again to day but on Friday I managed to get a photo of the spread undertail – it shows 2 generations of feathers and a pattern that fits either a western or Moltoni’s rather than an eastern.

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