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semipalmated sandpiper

  1. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 5th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and **Short-toed Lark** were still on the island today. Also present were the first Jack Snipe of the autumn, a Sparrowhawk, Slavonian Grebe, 25...
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 4th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th October. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The **Short-toed Lark** and only one ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** were seen there today. A male Blackcap and the first Redwing of the autumn were also on the island Loch Stiapabhat...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 18th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 20 Lapland Buntings were there today Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again seen on the beach this morning Oban Trumisgarry, North...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 17th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* flew over the cliffs at 1500. Four Lapland Buntings were also around the lighthouse. A Pied Flycatcher was nearby, seen in a Ness garden Loch...
  5. 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...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 21 Lapland Buntings were still circa 1km to the south-west today Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again seen on the beach this morning...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A juvenile Dotterel and 38 Lapland Bunting were to the south-west of the lighthouse this morning Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th September 2020 Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was seen on the beach again at 17:10 Stornoway, Isle of Lewis Two Long-tailed Skuas and four Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Stornoway-Ullapool...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th September 2020, Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapavat, Isle of Lewis Two Black-tailed Godwits and 42 Curlew were there this afternoon Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis Two Lapland Buntings were seen there today Loch Mheacleit, Isle of...
  10. 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...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist 2 *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* were with Golden Plovers near the picnic site. A Lapland Bunting, Ruff and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were also seen there [see post below]...
  12. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Scaup was seen there today Sollas, North Uist The *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was still there today Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Snow Geese*** were there...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 18th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 20+ Pink-footed Geese flew south early afternoon Sollas North Uist The *American Golden Plover* was seen there again mid morning along with a juvenile...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis The Whinchat was still present this morning reported as "still looking fed up with life" Barvas, Isle of Lewis An adult **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen on...
  15. Hawkeye

    Mega!!! 11th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A ***Long-billed Dowitcher*** was feeding by the roadside pool just before the lighthouse Labost, Isle of Lewis 40 Sooty Shearwaters flew south this morning Seilebost, Isle...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 28th September 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 28th September 2018. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Ilse of Lewis A juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was on the this evening before flying to the west Hirta, St Kilda The first Redwings (3) of the autumn were seen on the...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 25th May 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 25th May 2018 St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was in the village on Hirta this morning. The adult *Ring-billed Gull* and a juvenile Iceland Gull were also on the island Loch nam Feithean, North Uist 2 Whooper Swans, a drake Garganey...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th May 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 15th May 2018 Aird an Runair, North Uist The ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was still present this afternoon on its favoured pool at top of the beach. A Long-tailed Skua north at 15:12, 11 Pomarine Skuas and a 2CY Glaucous Gull were also...
  19. B

    National Rarity 14th May 2018

    Dotterel still present on the Paiblesgarry machair early this morning also Semipalmated Sandpiper at Aird an Runair, North Uist (Barry Barnacal). When watching this bird yesterday was consistently showing antagonistic behaviour, especially towards Dunlin, flying at any encroaching on its feeding...
  20. B

    National Rarity 13th May 2018

    The three Dotterel are still present on the Paiblesgarry machair, North Uist early this morning (Barry Barnacal).
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