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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st September 2020. Updated throughout the day

Kneep, Isle of Lewis
The four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen on Loch Sgallier this morning

Tolsta Chaolais, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling has been visiting a garden feeder since Saterday

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
37 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew past this afternoon

Balgarva, South Uist
A ***Baird's Sandpiper*** was seen there today. A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was also present as was a Little Stint

Loch Bee, South Uist
The Little Egret was at the north-west corner of Loch Bee. It later flew south

Kilpheder, South Uist
Two Lapland Buntings and two Black-tailed Godwits were seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:50-10:50
Weather: Wind SW f5, 8/8 cloud, dull.

A four hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Eider (S), 9 Red-throated Divers (S), 13 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Storm Petrel (S), 1 Sooty Shearwater (S), 8 Manx Shearwaters (S), 630 Gannets (619S 11N), 5 Shag (N), 2 Cormorants (S), 19 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 3 Guillemots (S), 24 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S) and 6 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 42, Red-throated Diver 2, Cormorant 12, Common Buzzard 2, Snipe 1, Peregrine 2, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 9, Skylark 8, Pied Wagtail 2, Twite 20 and Linnet 70

Arctic Skua Nicola Hodgins.jpg
Arctic Skua (C) and courtesy of Nichola Hodgins


Senior Member
The adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Glen today. Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1+ Pied Flycatcher and 2 Grey Wagtails around the island.