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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th September 2020. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
A Sooty Shearwater and two House Martins were there late afternoon.

Valtos, Isle of Lewis
19 Black-throated Divers were offshore from Traigh na Beirigh. A single House Martin was also in the area

Aird an Runair, North Uist
6 Lapland Buntings were there today plus two Sooty Shearwaters were seen offshore

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:30-12:20
Weather: Wind SSW veering WSW f5-6 dropping to f4-5. Rain and foggy spells clearing. Temp 14C.

A near six hour seawatch this morning produced 6 Eider (1S 5N), 9 Red-throated Divers (8S 1N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 25 Storm Petrels (S), 1 Leach's Petrel (S), 10 Fulmars (7S 3N), 29 Manx Shearwaters (28S 1N), 849 Gannets (845S 4N), 2 Shag (S), 1 Kilttiwake (S), 1 Arctic Tern [juvenile] (S), 1 Great Skua (N), 11 Razorbills (S), and 1 Black Guillemot (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 27, Eider 9, Knot 1, Pied Wagtail 6 and Meadow Pipit 35.

A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was seen to fly in from the sea and land on the shore at Ardvule this evening


Always Birding
23 Black-tailed Godwits were on Askernish machair in the mist early afternoon. A rather sad looking Fulmar was just a few yards offshore, not how I normally see them on the patch