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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
Five *Ring-necked Ducks* were on the loch this evening

Grenitote, North UIst
A colour-ringed Lesser Grey Shrike was present on Machair Leathann this afternoon - this is a bird from the Spanish re-introduction programme. This bird was also seen at Gallay Head, County Cork 10-12th September.
Eight Pale-bellied Brent Geese were also in the area

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper is still to be found there at the south end of the loch

Balranald, North Uist
A Ruff was seen on the reserve today

Baleshare, North Uist
The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was still on the island today

Torlum, Benbecula
two Chiffchaffs were there today

Kildonan, South Uist
The ***Todd's Canada Goose*** was again seen on the township machair by Loch Aird an Sgairbh this morning and late afternoon

Ludag, South Uist
A *Shore Lark* was reportedly seen along the Eriskay - South Uist causeway this morning, but has not been relocated since

Glen, Barra
A ***Red-eyed Vireo*** was seen in the trees by the old dump

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05-10:45
Weather: Wind S f2-3, initially 8/8 cloud but sunny spells later. No rain. Temp 9 - 10c.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 104 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 2 Eider (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 10 Great Northern Divers (S), 92 Gannets (86S 6N), 7 Shag (6S 1N), 2 Cormorants (S), 6 Kittiwakes (S), 11 Common Gulls (S), 10 Razorbills (S), 3 auk sp (S), and 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins.
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 16, Pink-footed Goose 1, Shelduck 1, Mallard 42, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 3, Red-throated Diver 1, Grey Heron 1, Hen Harrier 1, Common Buzzard 1, Whimbrel 1, Common Gull 66, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 2, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 8, Rock Pipit 2. A Pink-footed Goose was on Bornish machair


Senior Member
A Red-eyed Vireo at Glen in the 'old dump clump' at the top of the hill between 9.30 and 10am. It wasn't seen later but it's perhaps likely to have moved down the hill where there's a lot more cover.
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