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

Hirta, St. Kilda
Late News of the ***Snowy Owl*** being seen yesterday after an absence of over a week

Ness, Isle of Lewis
Late News of a Yellow-browed Warbler seen there yesterday afternoon

Baleshare, North Uist
Late News of three ***Blue-winged Teal*** still on Loch Mor yesterday afternoon

Loch Paible, North Uist
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** was seen the again today. Three Lapland Buntings and two Ruff were also in the area. Another three Lapland Buntings and a Yellow-browed Warbler were nearby at Knockintorran

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was seen behind Hammersay House

Howmore, South Uist
A Lapland Bunting was there today. Another Lapland Bunting and 21 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Drimsdale. 27 Whooper Swans were at Drimore

North Loch Eynort, South Uist
A Crossbill and a Chiffchaff were seen there today

Ardmore Plantation, Barra
A Yellow-browed Warbler was there this morning. A Brambling flew over North Bay Bridge

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Yellow-browed Warbler & Rose-coloured Starling (C) and courtesy of Brian Rabbitts, Ian Ricketts & Glyn Evans


Always Birding
Five Pink-feet were on fields at Askernish this afternoon. Four Swallows have been around the township all day and 5 were feeding along the dunes on the beach this afternoon. 3 Whooper Swans were at Frobost



Senior Member
A minimum of 5 Yellow-browed Warblers around the island today. Our first Brambling of the autumn was feasting on rowan berries at Northbay and a Redwing called low over my house in the early hours. The Treecreeper that's been at Creachan for the past 2 days moved over the hill to Glen. There were 6+ Blackcaps around the island and a small influx of Chaffinch and Dunnock.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness:-

In settled overnight conditions, an arrival today included the following in Ness:
Chiffchaff – 3
Goldcrest – 1
Yellow-browed Warbler – 7
Lesser Whitethroat – 1
Pied Flycatcher – 1
Redwing – 1
Pied Wagtail – 9

A winter plumage Slavonian Grebe was on Loch Stiapavat this morning.