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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A male Blackcap and a Waxwing were there around midday

Loch Siapabhat, Isle of Lewis
circ 50 barnacle Geese were seen to fly over, 30 of which returned and settled on the loch

Balranald, North Uist
A late Wheatear was seen on the reserve while a Pintail was on Loch nam Feithean and another was seen at Aird an Runair. 5 Whooper Swans were on Loch na Reivil and a white morph ***Snow Goose*** was by Loch Sgaraigh

North Bay, South Uist
2 **White-rumped Sandpipers** were there this morning. and later 3 **White-rumped Sandpipers** and 2 *Pectoral Sandpipers* were on pools on the Range near Ardivachar

Ardkenneth, South Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was by St Michael's Church,

Stoneybridge, South Uist
A Snow Bunting and 2 juvenile Arctic Terns were seen there today

Loch Bornish, South Uist
80 Black-tailed Godwits there today

Acarsaid, Eriskay
The Yellow-browed Warbler was again present today

Morghan, Barra
A *Red-breasted Flycatcher* was seen in a private garden this morning

Eoligarry, Barra
A Common Redpoll was there today

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Blackcap (C) and courtesy of Sam Elmer. Yellow-browed Warbler (C) and courtesy Jarad Wilson
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In addition to the Red-breasted Flycatcher, there were also at least 4 Yellow-browed Warblers on Barra today plus around 20 Bramblings (most moving south in the morning), a Fieldfare and Grey Wagtail at Brevig, 6 Chiffchaffs and 5+ Blackcaps at Creachan and 10 Pink-footed Geese at Allasdale. The usual Iceland Gull was still at Craigston and 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.

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News from Andrew:-
Caught up with the 3 white-rumped sandpipers at Ardivachar, one retains a lot more juv plumage than the others and is clearly a different bird to any of the 3 I saw on the 12th.

Still 1 brambling in my garden.


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News from Tony Marr at Ness:-

A rewarding and enjoyable day, covering the area from The Butt down to South Dell In perfect calm clear weather.

The Butt
A ringtail Hen Harrier, Barn Swallow and 8 Twite.

Six Whoopers and 45 Pinkfeet flew S and 400 Golden Plover by Lionel School.

Port of Ness (pm)
A Waxwing flew in from N and came down in the gardens, but not seen again. Single Goldcrest, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 2 Bramblings.

South Dell
80 Redwings and 10 Blackbirds; a Willow Warbler; and a Pied Flycatcher

Loch Stiapabhat (evening)
Six Whoopers dropped in to the loch in the evening, and only 35 minutes later took off and headed on south. Roost of Curlews in front of the hide reached 66