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curlew sandpiper

  1. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 12th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Brevig, Isle of Lewis A Curlew Sandpiper was seen on the beach mid-afternoon. A 3CY Iceland Gull was seen nearby flying south offshore past Back football club Loch Paible, North Uist The...
  2. Hawkeye

    8th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The Quail was heard calling there again today, in the morning and afternoon. 6 Whimbrel were nearby on the machair by Ness cemetery Tigharry, North Uist A Quail was...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 7th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A Quail was heard calling there this afternoon Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Glaucous Gull was there mid-morning Port Mhor/Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The Little...
  4. Hawkeye

    31st May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st May 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A Little Stint was seen there today Ardivachar Point, South Uist A Curlew Sandpiper was still present late morning
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 29th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Iceland Gull was again seen in the harbour area Loch Odhairn, Isle of Lewis An Osprey was seen today. Balranald, North Uist A Dotterel was on the reserve...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A *Little Ringed Plover* was in Village Bay today. Only the second record there, the last being in 1977 Cheese Bay, North Uist A Swift was sen there today Aird an Runair, North...
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 16th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hitra, St Kilda The male Snow Bunting was again seen in Village Bay Aird an Runair, North Uist A Curlew Sandpiper was on the beach by Eilean an Rubha. A 2CY Iceland Gull and a 2CY *Mediterranean...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Two ***Buff-bellied Pipits*** were on the island today. The **Short-toed Lark** was still present as was the Greenland White-fronted Goose. Two Lapland Buntings and seven Snow...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Six Sooty Shearwaters flew past The Butt today Steinis, Isle of Lewis 25 Black-tailed Godwits and 18 Knot were seen there today Loch Paible, North Uist A ***Baird's...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th September. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again seen in Village Bay. The Dark-bellied Brent Goose was still present around the Manse and a Long-eared Owl was also in the area Stornoway...
  11. Hawkeye

    8th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist A Curlew Sandpiper was near the beach car park this afternoon and still present at 16:42 Ardivachar, South Uist 82 Black-tailed Godwits were moving between the beach...
  12. Hawkeye

    18th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th August 2021. Updated throughout the day A Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua, Sooty Shearwater and 5 Storm Petrels were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry, but it is unknown as to what recording area they were seen Balivanich...
  13. Hawkeye

    29th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Four Tree Sparrows seen there this morning. A Wood Sandpiper was seen nearby at Loch Stiapabhat in the afternoon Loch Barvas, Lewis The two Little Stints were seen there again this...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 4th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th October. Updated throughout the day Valtos, Isle of Lewis 150 Barnacle Geese flew south and 35 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying north Reef, Isle of Lewis A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today Baleshare, North Uist The four...
  15. Curlew Sandpiper

    Curlew Sandpiper

    Curlew Sandpiper © MisterT
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 16 Lapland Buntings were there today Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again seen on the beach Barvas, Isle of Lewis Circa 70...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 8th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas and a Great Northern Diver were seen between 0640-0740. Knockaird, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Dotterel was on the hills to...
  18. Hawkeye

    6th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Isle of Lewis Four Lapland Buntings were on the machair this morning Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was seen there again this morning and still present in...
  19. Hawkeye

    1st September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st September 2020. Updated throughout the day Stoneybridge, South Uist A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was seen there today Druidibeg Plantation, South Uist A juvenile Cuckoo was there Cleat, Isle of Barra A Leach's Petrel was seen...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 31st August 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st August 2020. Updated throughout the day St. Kilda A female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there today Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris 200+ Common Scoters and 3 Slavonian Grebes were in the this afternoon. 13 Black-tailed Godwits were...
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