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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Port Scolpaig, North Uist
A 1CY Glaucous Gull and a female Snow Bunting were seen there today

Baleshare, North Uist
A Snow Bunting and five Whooper Swans were at Eachkamish and another five Whooper Swans were on Loch na Paisg

Balgarva, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was there this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:15-10:20
Weather: Wind SSW f5-6 gust f7. Mostly 8/8 cloud and showers. Temp 9C.

A three hour seawatch this morning produced 11 Eider (S), 31 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 16 Great Northern Divers (15S 1N), 22 Gannets (20S 2N), 7 Shag (2S 5N), 4 Purple Sandpipers (S), 1 Kittiwake (S) and 4 Razorbills (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 33, Tufted Duck 13, Long-tailed Duck 1, Cormorant 26, Common Buzzard 1, Skylark 24, Twite 90, Linnet 1


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Siberian Chiffchaffs were at Creachan, Glen and Castlebay still. A late Willow Warbler was at Cuithir; there was a Mistle Thrush there yesterday. Another Hawfinch was at Brevig. A Brambling and Blackcap were at Creachan, 3 Common Chiffchaffs were at Glen and the long-staying Grey Wagtail was still at Brevig.

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News from Tristan

Still two Hawfinches in my garden all day today (with a possible third bird at dusk). Both are females, and one is a first-winter though I'm not sure about the age of the other.

Also a male Blackcap.