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bird sightings

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    15th August 2021

    A 3 hour seawatch off Aird a Chaolais, Vatersay this afternoon produced an adult Long-tailed Skua, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, c500 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Terns, 5 Great Skuas and a couple of small flocks of Dunlin flying south. 4 Teal on the end of the headland looked rather out of place. A Tree...
  2. Hawkeye

    14th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Scurrival, Barra A Carrion Crow was there this morning
  3. Hawkeye

    13th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 06:20-10:40 Weather: Wind SSW f6-7, mostly rain with some brighter spells. Temp 7-9C. A 4+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Common Scoter (S), 2...
  4. Hawkeye

    12th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Scarista, Harris A Rose-coloured Starling is visiting a garden there Paible, North Uist Five Black-tailed Godwits were there today Borve, Benbecula Twenty Black-tailed Godwits were seen on...
  5. Hawkeye

    11th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Stinky Bay, Benbecula A juvenile Ruff was there this morning. Ardivachar, South Uist A Swift was seen there today
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 9th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Northbay, Barra A *Honey Buzzard* flew north circa 08:00 This is the first record for Barra and the first to be seen in August.
  7. Hawkeye

    8th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th August 2021. Updtaed throughout the day. Orosay, South Uist A juvenile/ female Marsh Harrier flew south heading towards Garynamonie this afternoon
  8. Hawkeye

    7th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis An Iceland Gull was reported to be on the rocks below and to the right of the lighthouse plus two Sooty Shearwaters were said to be seen just off the cliffs Claddach Vallay, North...
  9. Mediterranean Gull

    Mediterranean Gull

    Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Cleat, Barra 2021 (C) Bruce Taylor
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    Local Rarity 6th August 2021

    Barra. Juvenile Mediterranean Gull on the beach at Cleat this evening.
  11. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 5th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Brevig, Barra A **Cory's Shearwater** flew south early afternoon (see post below)
  12. Hawkeye

    2nd August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd August 2021. Updated throughout the day Lochmaddy, North Uist An adult Long-tailed Skua was seen flying south-west at 12:15 just off Lochmaddy, viewed from the Uig Ferry
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    31st July 2021

    Barra. 2 Sooty Shearwaters past Cleat mid morning and a juvenile Ruff at Traigh Mhor for its second day.
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    National Rarity 28th July 2021

    Barra. The Subalpine Warbler at Cuithir showed briefly as the rain stopped at lunchtime before going to ground again.
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    National Rarity 27th July 2021

    Barra. The Subalpine Warbler species was still at Cuithir but very elusive. We spent 5 hours looking for it today and were rewarding with a couple of fleeting glimpses totalling about 3 seconds of viewing time! Not an easy bird.
  16. Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling, St Kilda, July 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th July 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st July. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** and the Rose-coloured Starling were both seen there again today Balranald, North Uist Five Whimbrel and eight Black-tailed Godwits were on the reserve today...
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    23rd July 2021

    Barra. A high-flying Crossbill went south over Brevig. Seems to be a small influx as a male was photographed on Mingulay on the 18th. Also a Pom Skua along with 12 Arctic Skuas and c50 Puffins off Brevig this evening. Juvenile Cuckoos were at Skallary and Tangasdale.
  19. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 22nd July 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd July 2021. Updated throughout the day Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris 85 Common Scoters were seen there this morning Loch Sandary, North Uist An immature Iceland Gull was there this afternoon Carnan, South Uist A *Common Crane*...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st July 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st July. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** and the Rose-coloured Starling were both seen there again today Rushgarry, Berneray A Sandwich Tern was seen there today Orosay, South Uist A 2CY Glaucous Gull...
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