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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Bunanavoneadar, Isle of Harris
Three male Goosanders were seen there today

Grenitote, North Uist
Barred Warbler there this morning

Loch Sandary, North Uist
An immature Scaup was on the loch today

Balranald, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** were seen there this morning. A **Lesser Yellowlegs** was seen nearby at Hougharry

Traigh Mhor, Barra
A juvenile Iceland Gull, juvenile Glaucous Gull and 30 Brent Geese were there today


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News from Tristan

There were two Hawfinches in my garden in Stornoway all day today. Also three Bramblings, a Treecreeper and a Grey Wagtail.

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News from Ness

The weekend weather was mostly dreadful, and there were few interesting birds to report. Today picked up a little.

Hen Harrier – currently three in the area: an adult male, an immature male and a ringtail.
House Sparrow – four currently in residence around the lighthouse
Redwing – 5 at the lighthouse
Fieldfare – 10 at the lighthouse

Bramblings – 2 in Port of Ness
Crossbill one flew SW over Port of Ness (12.40) high up and ‘chipping’ loudly
Common Rosefinch – one calling loudly in the sycamore plantation next to my rented house at 9 Port of Ness (11.55) flew off SW with House Sparrows.