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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th September 2021. Updtaed throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A Pectoral Sandpiper was at the north end of the loch early afternoon

Loch Bee, South Uist
Three Little stints and seven Knot were on the loch at the south end of the causeway

Carnan, South Uist
A Pied Flycatcher and 55 Goldfinch were seen in a garden there. 220 Bar-tailed Godwits were on nearby mudflats

Ormaclete, South Uist
Two **Buff-breasted Sandpipers** were on the machair in amongst Golden Plovers. A Ruff was nearby on Bornish machair

Lochboisdale, South Uist
Two **Great Shearwater** and a Sooty Shearwater were seen at sea this morning from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry, 30 minutes out from Lochboisdale

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:50-10:40
Weather: Wind SSW f 4, 8/8 cloud and drizzle at first, bright and sunny later followed by further rain. Temp 14-15 c
A near 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 8 Eider (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 27 Red-throated Divers (S), 5 Great Northern Divers (S), 2 Storm Petrels (S), 1 Sotty Sheawater (S), 1 Manx Shearwater (S), 770 Gannets (768S 2N), 13 Shag (4S 9N), 2 Cormorants (S), 1 Whimbrel (N), 9 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Arctic Tern (S), 2 Guillemots (S), 14 Razorbills(S) and 11 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 2, Merlin 1, Skylark 4, Wheatear 1, White Wagtail 5, Pied Wagtail 15, Meadow Pipit 16 and Rock Pipit 1


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness:-

At around (1140) today a Pectoral Sandpiper was found in a flock of Golden Plover (and one Grey Plover) which dropped in to the loch in front of the hide. The bird remained on the lochside and was still there into the afternoon. (Grey Plover is much scarcer in Ness than Pectoral Sandpiper).