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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Brambling and Siskin are still visiting a garden there

Sollas, North Uist
The *Snow Goose* was seen there again today. A Pink-footed Goose was also in the area and 2 Snow Buntings nearby at Grenitote

Balranald, North Uist
A ***Cackling Goose*** amongst the Barnacles on the south side of Loch Scarie

Carnach, North Uist
A darke *Green-winged Teal* was seen on Loch nan Faoileige

Malacleit, North Uist
The ***Cackling Goose*** was seen there again today

Carinish, North Uist
A Fieldfare was again seen in the township

Clachan, South Uist
2 Little Egrets were there today


Always Birding
An obvious influx of Goldfinch here in Askernish with 40+ new birds ringed in the past 2 days. A Lesser Redpoll previously ringed here in July 2021 as a juvenile was amongst them and yet another House Sparow from Barra! This one had been ringed in Brevig on 15-October-2021 as a juvenile.

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Senior Member
A drake Goosander in the bay at Brevig late afternoon before flying towards Castlebay at dusk. The Surf Scoter remained off Allasadale, 19 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Eoligarry, and a Greenland White-front was on the machair there, a further 17 Greenland White-fronts were at Cleat, the adult/near adult Glaucous Gull was at Scurrival and the probable juvenile Kumlien's gull was at Borve.