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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 17th May 2019. Updated throughout the day

Bolnabadoch, Barra
The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali this morning

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Whitethroat was singing in the castle grounds this morning and a Grey Wagtail was on the river at Bayhead

Cheese Bay, North Uist
A Whitethroat was heard singing at Bagh a Chaise this evening

Gearreaidh Gall, North Uist
A Yellow Wagtail was there early afternoon

Balranald, North Uist
A Yellow Wagtail (grey-headed race) was by the visitors centre briefly this evening. 2 male Ruff were nearby at Loch nam Feithean

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A male Ruff was around the loch and a Whinchat was nearby

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A Spotted Flycatcher was there today

Market Stance, Benbecula
A Whitethroat was heard singing there today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
Impressive numbers of waders were noted this morning with circa 1400 Sanderling, 300 Dunlin, 135 Turnstone and 70 Ringed Plover present

Loch Fada, Benbecula
A Drake Garganey was seen on the loch

Coot Loch, Benbecula
An adult Little Gull was seen around the loch today

Clachan, South Uist
A little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee briefly this morning before fly north towards South Ford

North Locheynort, South Uist
An Osprey flew north this afternoon

South Glendale, South Uist
A Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Siskins were seen in a garden there

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Purple Heron (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts
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In addition to the generally elusive Purple Heron on Barra there was our 4th Wood Warbler of the year at Creachan this afternoon and the 1st Garden Warbler of the year at Castlebay.