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Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th September 2020

Hirta St. Kilda
Late News The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there again yesterday

Loch Paible, North Uist
A Little Stint was there this morning on the southern shore. The **Lesser Yellowlegs** a Ruff and at least two Lapland Buntings seen later here

Baleshare, North Uist
Four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen on Loch Mor this morning

Iochar, South Uist
Ten Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the mud flats by Hebridean Jewellery before heading towards Kilaulay. A Black-tailed Godwit was nearby at Ardivachar

Kilpheder, South Uist
Six Black-tailed Godwits were in the area this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:45-11:10
Weather: Wind SSW f4, initially 8/8 cloud, sunny periods developing later. Temp 13C

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 9 Red-throated Divers (7S 2N), 4 Great Northern Divers (S), 125 Gannets (117S 8N), 11 Shag (9S 2N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 8 Razorbills (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 68, Teal 12, Tufted Duck 7, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 9, Ringed Plover 32, Curlew 6, Bar-tailed Godwit 13, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Purple Sandpiper 3, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 5, Skylark 16, Pied Wagtail 4, Meadow Pipit 12, Rock Pipit 2, Lapland Bunting1

A Curlew Sandpiper was seen later on the north beach

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Snowy Owl & Lesser Yellowlegs (C) and courtesy of Soay Sheep Project & Brian Rabbitts
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6 Yellow-browed Warblers around the island today. By contrast the only other warbler I saw all day was a single Blackcap. A 30 minute seawatch off Brevig this evening produced a single Sooty Shearwater and 3 Great Skuas going south.

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News from Ness

Today's garden birds in Port of Ness/South Dell

Lesser White: 2 Port of Ness
YBW: 1 Ness, 4 South Dell,
Chiffchaff: 1 South Dell
Goldcrest: 1 Port of Ness
Blackcap: 3 Port of Ness
Song Thrush: 5 Port of Ness
Redpoll: 7 South Dell

White- rumped Sand 1 juvenile Loch Ordais