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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings fot today, 14th September 2019. Updated throughout he day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
The Whinchat was still present this morning

Eoropie. Isle of Lewis
5 Lapland Buntings were again on the machair late afternoon to the north of the township

Labost, Isle of Lewis
25 Sooty Shearwaters and 1 Leach's Petrel passed south between 17:00 - 17:50

The Braigh, Isle of Lewis
Some seabird movement off the south side in 2.5 hours this morning in SSW7, intermittent rain and reduced visibility - Leach's Petrel 3, Pomarine Skua [juvenile] 1, Great Skua 5, Arctic Skua 14 (but possibility of some repeat sightings) and Skua sp 5. Most of these birds seemed to be heading out of the bay in a W or SW direction.

Eilean Mehinish, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
34 Black-tailed Godwits were there today

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A juvenile *Sabine's Gull* and a Leach's Petrel was seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this evening [in Highland recording area]

Balivanich, Benbecula
A juvenile *Sabine's Gull* flew west past this evening.

South Ford, South Uist
6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were opposite Hebridean Jewellery this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:25 - 10:50
Weather: Wind SSW f7-8 gust f9. 8/8 low cloud, some drizzle and misty spells. Temp 13 - 14C

A 4+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Sooty Shearwater (S), 1157 Gannets (S), 1 Whimbrel (S), 4 Kittiwakes (S), 3 Arctic Terns (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 1 Razorbill (S) and 27 auk sp (S)
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Snipe 1, Wheatear 1 and Meadow Pipit 7
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Always Birding
While expectations are high for the arrival of vagrants after these westerlies, migration continues as usual. These 2 Icelandic Oystercatchers were found together recently at Orosay, South Uist. XY was seen almost at the exact same location in December 2018

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The female snowy owl was present below the street on St Kilda yesterday evening (14th)!

Also 2 pink-footed geese - birding limited to Village Bay due to the extreme wind speeds!