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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
2 Snow Buntings were seen by the lighthouse this morning

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
15 Waxwings were seen feeding in an apple tree in Urquhart Gardens today

Knockintoran, North Uist
The white morph ***Snow Goose*** was seen there today

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Snow Bunting (C) and courtesy of Sam Hawkins
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2 Siberian Chiffchaffs on Barra today: 1 at Eoligarry, the other at Creachan. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Castlebay. Also 2 Common Chiffchaffs and 6+ Blackcaps around the island.

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan:-

Two Purple Sandpipers at Labost this morning were my first of the autumn. Also, 8 Greenland Whitefronts nearby at Loch Ordais

White-fronted Geese (C) and courtesy of Tristan ap Rheinallt