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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
A Dotterel was seen one mile west of the lighthouse

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A pair of Brambling were visiting a gardent there

Balranald, North Uist
Two drake Garganey are still present and a Wood Sandpiper flew over Aird an Runair early morning and the Curlew Sandpiper was still present this evening. Two House Martins were also seen at Loch nam Feithean in the evening

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A juvenile Glaucous Gull was there today

Loch Mor, Benbecula
A Wood Sandpiper was there late morning, later seen on Loch Fada

Groggary, South Uist
A *Red-rumped Swallow* was around the lodge this afternoon. A Blackcap and Chiffchaff were nearby at Druidibeg plantation

Smerclate, South Uist
An Iceland Gull was seen there today

Morghan, Barra
A Hawfinch was there this morning

Brambling (C) Graham Forsyth


Senior Member
An obvious arrival of migrants on Barra today. A Hawfinch was at Morghan this morning before flying off high east. Another Hawfinch dropped into Creachan this afternoon before flying off north. Our second Redstart of the spring was by the football pitch at Castlebay and a male Whinchat was at Brevig. Our first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was at Northbay. Also at least 5 singing Blackcaps and 7 reeling Grasshopper Warblers around the island. On Vatersay a Black-tailed Godwit and c10 White Wagtails were at Caolas plus 3 migrant Willow Warblers along the roadside fences.

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