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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
A *Little Ringed Plover* was in Village Bay today. Only the second record there, the last being in 1977

Cheese Bay, North Uist
A Swift was sen there today

Aird an Runair, North Uist
Two Pomarine Skuas flew north between 0900 - 1100. The Curlew Sandpiper was again on the beach by the car park

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A Curlew Sandpiper was there late afternoon

Loch Fada, Benbecula
3 Garganey (2 drakes +female) were there this afternoon. 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a Little Egret were also there. A Spotted Redshank and female Ruff were nearby at Loch Mor

Liniclate, Benbecula
A summer plumage Spotted Redshank was on the rocks to the SW of Otters Edge campsite at Borve Point, possibly the same as seen at Loch Mor

Ardivachar, South Uist
A Curlew Sandpiper was there at 16:00

Loch Bee, South Uist
2 Swifts were seen there today, one at either end of the loch

Howmore, South Uist
A House Martin flew north today

North Locheynort, South Uist
A male Whinchat was seen there today

Allasdale, Barra
The Turtle Dove was there again this afternoon

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Little Ringed Plover (C) St Kilda Rangers


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In addition to the Turtle Dove at Allasdale, the Kumlien's Gull was on the nearby beach, the 2 Mandarins remained at Castlebay, a Spotted Flycatcher was at Cuithir and 2 House Martins were at Brevig.