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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Achmore, Isle of Lewis
A Tree Sparrow was at a garden feeder (and was also present yesterday).

Balemore, North Uist
A Ring Ouzel was present.

Callernish, North Uist
One *Common Rosefinch* was present this afternoon, along with 2 Bramblings, 3 Siskins, 3 Blackcap and a Willow Warbler.

Clachan, South Uist
The Little Egret was seen in various pools there today.

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Seawatch: 08:05-13:00
Weather: Wind variable WSW - W f6-8, initially dull and murky with persistent rain, brighter with sunny spells from about 11am. Temp 10c.
Eider 3 (N), Long-tailed duck 5 (S), Red-throated diver 9 (S), 2 (N), Great Northern Diver 91 (S), 3 (N), Gannet 379 (S), Shag 1 (S), 2 (N), Cormorant 1 (S), Kittiwake 32 (S), Black-headed Gull 5 (S), Common Gull 26 (S), Great Black-backed Gull 3 (S), Glaucous Gull 1 (S), Guillemot 2 (S), Razorbill/Guillemot 8 (S), Skylark 9 (S).

Also in the area: Pink-footed Goose 130, Whooper Swan 3, Wigeon 26, Tufted Duck 33, Red-throated Diver 2, Cormorant 15, Hen Harrier 1, Common Buzzard 1, Black-tailed Godwit 40, Purple Sandpiper 17, Snipe 1, Skylark 8*, Rock Pipit 2

The Little Egret was still present, a Willow Warbler was at Glean and 1-2 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff were at Creachan. 27 Brent Geese were on Traigh Mhor.

St. Kilda
A Ring Ouzel and 5 Fieldfare among the hundreds of Redwing. A male Blackcap was new in.

Little Egret, courtesy of and (c) Ian ricketts