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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Mangersta, Isle of Lewis
30 Sooty Shearwaters and 220 Manx Shearwaters flew south during an hour long watch in the early afternoon.

Stornoway, Isles of Lewis
300+ Fulmars, c30 Great Skuas, c20 Arctic Skuas were seen from the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry. Several Storm Petrels seen on the return journey but just 5 Manxies and no Sooties at all despite large numbers being seen further north.

Carinish, North Uist
A juvenile Sedge Warbler was there today.

The Range, South Uist
The Pectoral Sandpiper was again at Launch Area 2

Loch Bornish, South Uist
60 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were by the loch

Bornish, South Uist
The male ***Subalpine Warbler sp*** was again seen briefly in a garden there this morning after no sign yesterday in largely dreich conditions

Castlebay, Barra
An adult Glaucous Gull and the 2CY Iceland Gull were seen there today [see @Bruce post below]
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Always Birding
93 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff were on flooded fields at Kildonan and 15 Black-tailed Godwits were on newly cut fields at Bornish this afternoon



Senior Member
The long-staying 2w Iceland Gull and new adult Glaucous Gull were both at Castlebay today among a large number of gulls feeding on sprats close to the shore. The Grey Wagtail was still around Creachan/Brevig as was a Whitethroat.

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Hudsonian Whimbrel still on St Kilda today.

Also, female Snowy Owl still present, min 18 Lapland Bunting, & 1 Wood Pigeon (!)