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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
A Brambling was there today

Luskentyre, Isle of Harris
6 Waxwings and 6 Snow Buntings were reported flying over Beinn Dubh today

Borve, Berneray
A late Corncrake was seen there today

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Kingfisher , 50 Siskins, a Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap were seen there today

Langass Woods, North Uist
Seven ***Two-barred Crossbill*** was seen there late morning along with 70+ siskins and a Brambling. 100+ Fieldfare were seen to fly south at Langass

Ardivachar, South Uist
A single juvenile **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen there today

South Glendale, South Uist
A Tree Sparrow was in a garden there

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Redshank and Brambling (C) and courtesy of Graham Forsythe


Senior Member
On Barra a new juvenile Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tangasdale (though too distant for any worthwhile photos) along with a Goldeneye. The Red-breasted Flycatcher and 3 Blackcaps were at Castlebay, the Siberian Chiffchaff, Common Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcaps were at Creachan, Tree Sparrow at Brevig and 6 Woodcock and 10 Fieldfares were around the island. The main feature of the day though was the arrival of 120 or more Siskins. Flocks were moving south throughout the island, pausing briefly where ever there were spruce cones to feed on before moving off again.

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In the Callernish House garden, North Uist this morning was a male Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Common Chiffchaffs and what was almost certainly a Siberian Chiffchaff (absence any green or yellow in plumage and this bird showed a very well marked pale wing-bar. Call was not collybita but neither was it typical tristis). A Snow Bunting was heard.

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