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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was in village bay today [see post below]

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Swallow was seen in the castle grounds today

Loch Paible, North Uist
The white phase ***Snow Goose*** was seen there again today in stubble with Greylag Geese in the SW corner

Balranald, North Uist
A Pintail was seen on the reserve today

Ardivachar, South Uist
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** and at least 2 **White-rumped Sandpipers** were there this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:00 - 11:20
Weather: Wind WSW f6 gust f8, mostly long sunny spells with occasional showers. Temp 7C.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 6 Red-throated Divers (5S 1N), 8 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Leach's Petrel (S), 33 gannets (31S 2N), 11 shag (1S 10N), 1 Purple sandpiper (S), 88 Kittiwakes (S), 3 Great Black-backed Gulls (S), 1 Guillemot (S) and 10 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 33, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 42, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Golden Eagle 1 [juvenile], White-tailed Eagle 1 [juvenile], Common Buzzard 1, Snipe 3, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 1, Skylark 18, Redwing 1, Meadow Pipit 2 and Rock Pipit 1
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St Kilda today - female snowy owl in the village, 3 Whooper Swans, 1 Brent Goose, ~100 redwing, 2 oystercatcher, ~30 snow buntings.


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On Barra the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still by the football pitch at Castlebay plus a Blackcap. 6 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and 5 Bramblings were at Creachan and a rather dishevelled Tree Sparrow was in my garden at Brevig. This bird appeared to have a few patches of feathers missing, perhaps the result of a close encounter with a cat, an issue with feather mites or maybe just a battering by the elements? 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew south past Brevig in the late afternoon.

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