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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Port Stoth, Isle of Lewis
A Long-tailed Skua was seen there today

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
Two drake Surf Scoters were seen offshore from Luskentyre this morning at 10:30, 12 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Luskentyre estuary.

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, 20+ Lesser Redpolls, 10 Siskins and a Woodcock were there today plus a Snow Bunting flew west early afternoon.

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A male Blackcap was seen there today

Loch Bornish, South Uist
Two Little Egrets were there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Seawatch 08:50-12:15
Weather: Wind SE-S f2, dull 6/8 cloud, sunnier later. Temp 7 - 10c
Red-breasted Merganser 1 (S), Great Northern Diver 14 (S), Gannet 9 (S), Shag 62 (S), 2 (N), Cormorant 1 (N), Kittiwake 11 (S), Razorbill 2 (S)

Also in the area: Greylag Goose 54, Gadwall 4, Wigeon 16, Mallard 38, Tufted Duck 21, Cormorant 18, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 43, Ringed Plover 32, Curlew 8, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Sanderling 73, Snipe 3, Redshank 9, Skylark 7, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 6, Rock Pipit 5, Twite 220
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A few more migrants about today, mostly Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Chaffinches plus a Yellow-browed Warbler at Cuithir. The Surf Scoter was still off Craigston.
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Yellow-browed Warbler