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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

The Butt of Lewis
Hundreds of Pink-footed Geese were seen arriving in off the sea this morning with 500 being seen in "just a few minutes"

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
The adult **White-rumped Sandpiper** was again seen on the beach this morning and again this afternoon

Balranald, South Uist
2 ***Snow Goose*** were seen to fly in to Loch nam Feithean with 4 Greylag Geese. A *Buff Breasted Sandpiper* was with a flock of Golden Plovers on way to Aird an Runair

Sollas North Uist
An *American Golden Plover* was seen there this afternoon

Paiblesgarry, North Uist
A Lapland Bunting and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were there today

Baleshare, North Uist
An adult *American Golden Plover* was seen there today

Eochar, South Uist
The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again on the mud flats opposite Hebridean Jewellery this morning [see post below]

Kilaulay, South Uist
A **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen on the machair before flying towards North Bay. Also c12 lapland Buntings in the area [see post below]
Please Note:- The Range is "Active" today between 10:00 - 23:59 and hence there is no access to the area during these times

Ormiclate, South Uist
An adult *American Golden Plover* was seen with Golden Plovers south-west of Ormiclate Castle late afternoon.

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White-rumped Sandpiper (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsyth Snow Geese and American Golden Plover (C) and courtesy of Julian Allen
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew:-

Juv semipalmated sandpiper off Heb Jewellery mid morning. Also 100+ grey plover and 44 knot there.

White-rumped sandpiper on the machair at Kilauley but headed towards North Bay. Bird was only seen in flight but at fairly close range with a GP flock initially. Also c12 Lap buntings in the machair stubble at Kilauley.

At least 2 Lap bunts, c40 blackwits and 3 ruff on Ormiclate machair