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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
8 Snow Buntings and 68 Pink-footed Geese were seen arriving from the east this morning. A 3CY Glaucous Gull flew south mid afternoon and 4 Pink-feet were feeding around the lighthouse

Balemore, North Uist
The white phase ***Snow Goose*** was there again today. A Jack Snipe and Swallow were also in the Rubh' Arnal / Balemore area

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat were seen 200 yards from the ferry terminal

Langass Lodge
A Fieldfare was seen there today

South Glendale, South Uist
A female Blackcap and 8 Feildfare were there today

Pink-footed Goose (C) and courtesy of Steve Dodd
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The Ring-necked Duck and Red-breasted Flycatcher were both still present on Barra today. Also a minimum of 8 Yellow-browed Warblers, c25 Blackcaps and 33 Fieldfares on the island today.

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News from Andrew:-

Mini-fall in the garden this morning! 1st winter Red-breasted flycatcher, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 chiffchaff, 6+ brambling, 7 siskins, c150 redwing. Also increase in goldfinch, chaffinch and greenfinch numbers.

Still at least 2 white-rumped sandpipers at Ardivachar late afternoon – though waders flushed by a peregrine before I could check the whole area, didn’t see any in North Bay.

Also 2 blackcaps in the garden and c6 fieldfares moving through the garden with redwing flocks during the day, prob around 400 of the latter in total.
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