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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Ahmore, North Uist
A juvenile ***Laughing Gull*** flew north along the road just south of Ahmore about 15:30 but couldn't be relocated.

Scolpaig, North Uist
3 Snow Buntings were seen there today

Grenitote, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was at in the memorial plantation.

Balranald, North Uist
The white phase ***Snow Goose*** was seen there today and a drake Pintail was on Loch a Roe

Lochmaddy, North Uist
2 Pomarine Skuas were seen from the ferry Lochmaddy - Tarbet ferry this afternoon

Ardivachar, South Uist
An unprecedented 7 **White-rumped Sandpipers** and a *Pectoral Sandpiper* were seen there today. A second *Pectoral Sandpiper* was seen later in the day
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On Barra the Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale, 12 Pink-footed Geese were at Allasdale and another 16 were at Eoligarry. At least 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were still on the island plus several Brambling. A Whinchat was at Caolas, Vatersay.

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A Myrtle Warbler was in the walled garden at Callernish, North Uist this morning. Heard calling (a distinct hard chick) and sporadic views for 10 minutes or so and eventually managed to see its yellow rump. Unfortunately couldn't manage any photos. I left to get a phone signal and to get permission from Fergus Granville for access (granted). I put the news out as Yellow-rumped Warbler but later found out that it had been split again from Audubon's Warbler after 45 years or so. Keith Dawson and Roger Auger came but despite a fairly lengthy stay we did not see or hear it again. Will try again tomorrow. Two previous records for the Outer Hebrides (1982 that was the second record for Scotland and 1999).