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A sighting of a Pied Flycatcher by Peter Murray and others for yesterday - the bird was was feeding around drystone walls about 17.00 hours at Knockintorran, North Uist.


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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th May 2019. Updated throughout the day

Gleann, Barra
A male red-spotted *Bluethroat* was there this evening

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A Grey Wagtail was there today.

Loch Sandary,North Uist
The male Ruff was still there today

Coot Loch, Benbecula
2 Black-tailed Godwits were seen by the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A Long-tailed Skua and 2 Arctic Skuas flew north this morning

Borve, Barra
The 2CY Iceland Gull was still there this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:35 - 09:00
Weather: Wind S F3, bright and sunny. Initially 5C increasing to 9C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 3 Great Northern Divers (1S 2N), 3 Fulmars (2S 1N), 29 Gannets (19S 10N), 14 Kittiwakes (9S 5N), 2 Guillemots (S), 9 Razorbills (1S 8N) and 156 auk sp (75S 81N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 4, Tufted Duck 10, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Hen Harrier 1, Sanderling 46, Dunlin 72, Arctic Tern 14, Rock Dove 64, Hooded Crow 1, Sand Martin 8, Wheatear 3 and Pied Wagtail 1

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Bluethroat (C) and courtesy of John Hansford
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Around 6pm this evening Iain and Catherine noticed an unusual looking bird hopping around their garden at Glen. They managed to get a photo of it and showed it to John Hansford who is staying in their caravan whilst on a family holiday. The bird was clearly a Red-spotted Bluethroat and showed well in their back garden for the next forty minutes before disappearing after a confrontation with a Robin. Also on Barra today a late Redwing and a House Martin at Glen, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers around the island and a Tree Sparrow still at Brevig.

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