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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 13th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The Rose-coloured Starling is still present in the village and a Lapland Bunting was seen up at Mullach Sgar.

Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis
A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was seen there today. A Sooty Shearwater also flew past the point

Mangersta, Isle of Lewis
2 Sooty Shearwaters flew past the point this morning

Ardivachar, South Uist
the juvenile Curlew Sandpiper is still to be found on the beach south of the point

Loch Bee, South Uist
3 Pintail were sen on the loch today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:55 - 09:00
Weather: Wind W F6 backing WSW f5, 8/8 cloud, occasional showers at first. Temp 11C.

A 2+hour seawatch this morning produced 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (S), 11 Leach's Petrel (S), 4 Fulmars (S), 4 Manx Shearwaters (S), 118 Gannets (116S 2N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (S), 1 Arctic Tern (S), 2 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S) and 2 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 2, Snipe 1, Rock Dove 70, Pied Wagtail 1 and Meadow Pipit 48

A further seawatch for Ardvule between 10:30-12.00 produced 4 Leach’s Petrels, 6 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 21 Redshank (in off the sea), 3 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Northern Divers

Rosy Starling (C) and courtesy of Cairan Hatsell
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Senior Member
A change in seawatching venue from Aird an Runair this morning with a visit to Griminish Point, North Uist. With no access to vehicles to the track at Scolpaig means a walk of just under 2 km from the main road. Cloudy with a few showers and a couple of glimpses of the sun with a W-WSW wind F5-6.
In a 3 hour watch (07.55-10.55 hours) the following were recorded flying SW: a flock of 13 Teal, 60 Fulmars, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 34 Manx Shearwaters, a Leach's Petrel, 60 Gannets (25 juveniles), 24 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, single Arctic and Great Skuas, two Kittiwakes, two Arctic Terns (well out and went up high when briefly chased by a skua, and a Razorbill (also three auks not specifically identified).
Also present was a female Peregrine and some 350 Rock Doves vacated their roost at Sloc Roe.
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Senior Member
Yesterdays Lapland Bunting was still at Eoligarry today. Another was on the end of the headland at Aird a Chaolais, Vatersay when I began seawatching at 4 pm and a flock of 5 came in off the sea shortly after. The 2 hour seawatch produced 7 Leach's Petrels, 9 Sooty Shearwaters, c250 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Red-throated Divers and 3 Kittiwakes all going south. Nearby 15 White Wagtails were on the beach at Caolas this evening.

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Always Birding
102 black-tailed Godwits on Bornish machair this afternoon

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Black-tailed Godwits before and after an uncontrolled dog arrived