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

Aird an Runair, North Uist
Three Whimbrel where there and 70 Brent Geese flew south at 14:30

Carinish, North Uist
A Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler were seen in a garden there

Drimsdale, South Uist
155 Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair there

Bornish, South Uist
The *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* and a Pectoral Sandpiper were seen again the machair this morning. Two Ruff were also present. The *Buff-breasted Sandpiper * was later seen on the machair towards Ormiclate Castle

Cleat, Barra
The *Red-backed Shrike* was again seen along the road to the golf course early afternoon

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:35-10:30
Weather: Wind N-NNE f2, 8/8 cloud, Temp 11 - 13c.

A three hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 4 Gannets (S) and 14 Shag (N).
Also present in the area were Shelduck 1, Shoveler 2, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 12, 1, Hen Harrier 1, Ringed Plover 13, Whimbrel 1, Curlew 6, Turnstone 12, Sanderling 8, Dunlin 42, Snipe 3, Redshank 6, Skylark 8, Wheatear 6, White Wagtail 6, Pied Wagtail 8, Meadow Pipit 14 and Rock Pipit 1

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Pied Flycatcher & Red-backed Shrike (C) Ian Ricketts


Senior Member

Found a Booted Warbler in the umbellifer filled field at the north end of Earsary this evening, showing well on and off. Also today our first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn at Cuithir, Lesser Whitethroat at Ardmhor, Garden Warbler at Eoligarry, Common Whitethroat at Scallary and Blackcaps at Creachen and Morghan plus the Red-backed Shrike for its second day near Cleat.