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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
11+ Waxwings were again by the entrance to the hospital today

Langass Woods, North Uist
A male ***Two-barred Crossbill*** was seen there late morning while others were heard in the vacinity. 5 birds were seen later in the day plus 200+ Siskins were also present [see post below]

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:35 - 10:50
Weather: Wind N veering NE f3, mix of Sunny periods and slow moving showers. Temp 6-8C

A 3+ hour seawatch this mornng produced 21 Eider (15S 6N), 1 Common Scoter [female] (S), 18 Long-tailed Duck (7S 11N), 4 Red-throated Divers (3S 1N), 2 Great Northern Divers (N), 4 Gannets (N), 49 Shag (5S 44N), 3 Cormorants (S), 2 Kittiwakes (S) and 4 auk sp (N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 4, Wigeon 1, Tufted Duck 60, Scaup 1, Red-throated Diver 4, Great Northern Diver 1, Grey Heron 1, White-tailed Eagle 3, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 45, Black-tailed Godwit 3, **White-rumped Sandpiper** 1 [juvenile], Snipe 8, Redshank 18, Merlin 1, Hooded Crow 4, Raven 2, Skylark 34, Meadow Pipit 4, Rock Pipit 2 and Twite 37
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Shortly after entering Langass Woods this morning I heard the diagnostic 'toy-trumpet' calls of Two-barred Crossbill. A short while later I had very good views of a male and much later still flight views of five. It proved difficult to tie them down but eventually managed some distant photos of at least two in a sitka spruce. Still present in the afternoon but I only managed further flight views. Good numbers of Siskins were also present, possibly our largest number since an exceptional passage in 2007.


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On Barra the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Castlebay. A Waxwing was at Nasg. The Siberian Chiffchaff was still at Creachan along with 2 Common Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 12 Common Redpolls and 2 Siskins. A further 15 Common Redpolls were at Northbay.