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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles bird sightings for today, 19th October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A Chiffchaff, Blackcap, two Brambling, 24 Redwing, a Water Rail and 18 Crossbills were there today

Strumore, North Uist
A Rose-coloured Starling was seen there today

Balgarva, South Uist
The Great Crested Grebe was offshore again this morning

Glean, Isle of Barra
A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Blackcaps , a Chiffchaff and a Siberian Chiffchaff were there today.


Senior Member
A Mistle Thrush flew south over Castlebay this morning. 2 Siberian Chifchaffs were by the football pitch, one of which gave a few bursts of song: surprising to hear given the torrential rain at the time! A Hawfinch was at Creachan briefly as was the now tail-less Treecreeper. Yellow-browed Warblers were at Glen and Cuithir. There was a minimum of 12 Blackcaps around the island plus c40 Brambling, c800 Redwing and c125 Fieldfare. Long-tailed Ducks have been returning in the past ten days and today included 26 off Craigston.
Yesterday there were 29 Black-throated Divers and a Slavonian Grebe off Ardmhor.