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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th June 2020. Updated throughout the day

Ardnastruban, Grimsay
A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at 13:30 on the fence at Ardnastruban Guest House

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY ***Bonaparte's Gull*** was there again this afternoon. An immature Glaucous Gull was also present

Ardnamonie, South Uist
The *Great White Egret* was seen flying high over before dropping down at the north end of Loch Bee this afternoon

Snipe (C) and courtesy of Bill Neill


Senior Member
Another Crossbill dropped in briefly at Northbay this morning before continuing south. Spotted Flycatchers are regular late spring migrants on Barra but they rarely stay and breed, so 2 pairs currently nesting here is noteworthy.



Always Birding
Although we are still stranded in Cyprus, @Bill Neill is continuing to monitor and record our colour ringed House Sparrows that are visiting his garden in Askernish and today N62 made an appearance. Ringed as a juvenile in June 2017, it stayed in Askernish until April 2018 and then disappeared. It reappeared in November 2018 and remained until January 2019 and had not been seen - until today! Where has it been all this time?
If you see a colour ringed House Sparrow in your garden, I would really like to know. You can inform me here on the forum or by emailing me at askernish.sparrows@gmail.com
Many thanks

N62 at Askernish (C) and courtesy of Bill Neill