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Hawkeye

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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
150+ Redwings were seen there today

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
42 Waxwings were in a garden there and another 30+ were opposite the hospital entrance [see post below]

Ardivachar, South Uist
A **Lesser Yellowlegs** and 7 **White-rumped Sandpipers** were there today. Another **White-rumped Sandpiper** was nearby in North Bay

Castlebay, Barra
A *Red-breasted Flycatcher* and 2 Waxwings were seen there this morning [see @Bruce post below]

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10 - 10:30
Weather: Wind WSW veering W f5-6, cloud at first sunny spells later. Temp 9C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 6 Gadwall (S), 5 Eider (S), 6 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 13 Red-throated Divers (10S 3N), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 52 Gannets (S), 15 Shag (6S 9N), 3 Golden Plover (S), 16 Kittiwakes (S), 25 Black-headed Gulls (S), 1 Common Gull (S), 3 Guillemots (S) and 28 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 40, Red-throated Diver 1, Golden Eagle 1, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 1, Snipe 2, Raven 2, Skylark 13, Redwing 5 and Twite 4
 
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Bruce

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On Barra today, a Red-breasted Flycatcher, 2 Waxwings, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Bramblings and a Woodpigeon were by the football pitch at Castlebay. Another Waxwing and Woodpigeon along with 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were at Glen. The Yellow-browed Warbler was still at Creachan along with a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Bramblings and a Woodcock. The Pale-bellied Brent flock at Traigh Mhor increased to 43 and included a colour ringed bird.

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Hawkeye

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News from Tristan:-

There were 20 Whooper Swans on Loch Ordais this morning and 6 Snow Buntings nearby on the headland at Labost.

A flock of 42 Waxwings was around my garden briefly at lunchtime. The biirds flew off in the direction of the hospital, and were presumably responsible for the reported count of 30+ from there

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Hawkeye

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News from Tony Marr at Ness:-

Wednesday 23 October
Whooper Swans – a build up through the day from 8 to 23 at Fivepenny Flood, and 40 on Loch Stiapavat; most had gone by this morning.
Redwings – 150 in two flocks (100 and 50) flew in off the sea by the lighthouse (am).
Snow Bunting – 5 near the lighthouse.


Thursday 24 October
Whooper Swans – 8 on Fivepenny Flood all day; 4 on Loch Stiapavat flew off S at (16.00).
Redwing – 275 around the lighthouse (am).
Snow Bunting – 7 around the lighthouse (am).
 

Slawrence

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Sorry about the lack of Kilda updates recently.
Yesterday 24th - female snowy owl in Village Bay, ~30 snow buntings, ~200 redwing, 4 fieldfare, 2 oystercatcher.
 
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