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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings today, 16th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Bunavoneadar, Isle of Harris
A Barred Warbler was seen there this morning

Mangersta, Isle of Lewis
A Leach's Petrel flew past the point this morning

Bornish, South Uist
32 Black-tailed Godwits were on machair

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:40 - 11:10
Weather: Wind W f7-8, easing to F6. 8/8 cloud and dull at first with light showers, slowly brightening. Temp 12C.

A 4+ hour seawatch produced 1 Eider (S), 3 Common Scoter (S), 10 Red-throated Divers (6S 4N), 4 Great Northern Divers (S), 13 Leach's Petrel (S), 8 Fulmars (S), 5 Sooty Shearwaters (S), 57 Manx Shearwaters (S), 1 ****Barolo Shearwater**** (S), 883 Gannets (881S 2N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 2 Arctic Tern (S), 2 Great Skuas (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 4 Razorbills (S) and 2 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Ringed Plover 19, Curlew 15, Snipe 1, Rock Dove 19, White Wagtail 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 15
The Barolo Shearwater was described as "small size, low fluttering flight alternating glides very distinct"


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There was little passing Aird an Runair, North Uist in an hour and a quarter seawatch the morning. The small number of species included a Leach's Petrel, 33 Manx Shearwaters, a Great Skua and a Guillemot.
After I had left the headland Mike Bell counted an impressive 257 Black-tailed Godwits. I think this is our largest flock in autumn since around 250 in the Ardivachar area, South Uist in mid-September 2014.


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An hours seawatch on Vatersay late morning produced 9 Sooty Shearwaters, c90 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Great Skuas and 5 Red-throated Divers going south. The Med Gull was at Eoligarry again.