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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** is still present and has ben sheltering around Village Bay during the recent wet and windy weather

Labost, Isle of Lewis
1 Grey Phalarope, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Great Skuas and 2 Arctic Skuas past the headland in 2 hrs early afternoon. Also good numbers of Kittiwakes, nearly all juveniles

Luskentyre, Isle of Harris
A juvenile Little Stint was seen there today

The Braighe, Isle of Lewis
21 Black-throated Divers were close to shore late morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:40 - 11:45
Weather: Wind WNW f6 gust f7 backing W. 8/8 cloud, mostly dull. Temp 13 - 14C.

A 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (N), 7 Red-throated Divers (5S 2N), 2 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Leach's Petrel (S), 3 Fulmars (2S 1N), 17 Manx Shearwaters (9S 8N), 102 Gannets (15S 87N), 5 Shag (S), 3 Cormorants (S), 19 Kittiwakes (12S 7N), 3 Arctic Skuas (S), 6 Razorbills (3S 3N) and 5 auk sp (3S 2N).
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 2, Ringed Plover 60, Curlew 6, Sanderling 40, Dunlin 35, **White-rumped Sandpiper** 1, Snipe 3, Raven 7, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 5, White Wagtail 1 and Meadow Pipit 32
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Always Birding
C40 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff on newly cut fields around Loch Bornish this morning plus c200 Black-tailed Godwits on Ormaclete machair



Senior Member
A colour ringed Twite at Caolas, Vatersay yesterday was apparently 1 of 79 birds ringed at Montrose Basin, Angus last winter. Thanks to Mr T for helping to trace this scheme.