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Always Birding
46 Greenland White-fronts flew south over Askernish mid-morning and a further 120+ in 3 skiens flew over in the afternoon. The Chiffchaff is still in my garden.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and **Short-toed Lark** were seen there again today. Circa 50 Redwing were in Village Bay

Carnan, South Uist
180 Pink-footed Geese and 120 Bar-tailed Godwits were seen there today. A Chiffchaff was also visiting a garden there

Howmore, South Uist
A male Blackcap and three Redwings were there today

Kilpheder, South Uist
750 Barnacle Geese flew south today. 16 Black-tailed Godwits were also in the area

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Redwing, St Kilda (C) Craig Nisbet; Wheatear (C) Steve Dodd


Senior Member
Yellow Wagtail by the jetty at Eoligarry this afternoon, the Kingfisher reappeared at Castlebay where there was also a Lesser Whitethroat and the Yellow-browed Warbler remained at Cuithir along with a Blackcap. Flock after flock of Barnacle Geese passed south over the island throughout the day, mostly shrouded by the fog. Also a small arrival of Redwing and a few Snipe and Golden Plovers were on the move. A Little Egret was reported at Ardmhor.

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Yellow Wagtail