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I managed to get some slightly better photos than on the 28th of the Two-barred Crossbills present in Langass Woods, North Uist. Perhaps a similar number (seven) present as reported the previous day.


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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th October 2019. Updated throughout the day

The Butt of Lewis
A Snow Bunting was seen there today

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Sooty Shearwater was seen today 4Km East of Stornoway

Borve, Berneray
A juvenile dark-bellied Brent Goose, juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose, 2 Pink-footed Geese and a Canada Goose were seen along with 835 Barnacle Geese and 369 Greylags on today

Langass Woods, North Uist
Apart from the Two-Barred Crossbills, 200+ Siskins, 2 Bramblings and 2 Fieldfare were also seen there today

Balivanich, Benbecula
A Black Redstart was seen at the hospital today

Ardivachar, South Uist
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** was seen on pool at the north end of the Range and a single **White-Rumped Sandpiper** was at Ardivachar Point. [see post below]A Pectoral Sandpiper was nearby at Lauch Area 2

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:30 - 11:20
Weather: Wind SE f3, prolonged bright and sunny periods. Temp 6 - 9C.

A near 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 9 Eider (1S 8N), 1 Common Scoter [female] (S), 2 long-tailed Ducks (1S 1N), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 8 Red-throated Divers (7S 1N), 6 Gannets (1S 5N), 43 Shag (10S 33N), 2 Cormorants (1S 1N), 4 auk sp (3S 1N), 1 Peregine (S - headed out to sea), 295 Starlings (Flew SE over the sea), 12 Meadow Pipits (S - arrived off the sea) and 130 Twite (Flew SE out over the sea).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 42, Wigeon 5, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 71, Scaup 1, Eider 25, Long-tailed Duck 43, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Red-throated Diver 4, Great Northern Diver 3, White-tailed Eagle 2, Golden Plover 71, Ringed Plover 56, Bar-tailed Godwit 11, Black-tailed Godwit 8, Turnstone 54, Snipe 7, Redshank 33, Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 2, Skylark 6, Rock Pipit 2 and Twite 29

Sooty Shearwater (C) and courtesy of Steve Dodd
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Roger Auger

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The Lesser Yellowlegs was back/still at Ardivachar this afternoon, moving between the tidal sea weed pools and the small flooded area nearby on the machair. Still one White-rumped Sandpiper there.
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The Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale and Siberian Chiffchaffs were still at Eoligarry and Creachan plus a new bird at Castlebay. There were far fewer Siskins around than yesterday but I still logged about 25 birds during the course of the day. There was an increase in Woodcock including 10 at Creachan. 80 or so Fieldfares included a flock of 50 at Creachan and there was also an obvious influx of Blackbirds around the island. The usual Iceland Gull was at Craigston and 127 Long-tailed Ducks were off shore there. The Tree Sparrow and a Brambling were still at Brevig.

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News from Bob Wemyss:-

1 drake Surf Scoter in the Sound of Taransay. Also 21 Slavonian Grebes, 220 Common Scoter, 225 Eider and 130 Long-tailed Ducks. 4 Snow Buntings in the dunes.


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News from Tony Marr:-

Tuesday 29 October 2019
In the morning 25 Fieldfares and 175 Redwings flew S over Port of Ness. In South Dell there were 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Bramblings.

Wednesday 30 October 2019
A Northern Wheatear was around the lighthouse at The Butt in the morning. A Snow Bunting was in Eoropie Dunes. Barnacle Geese have now reached 50 around Loch Stiapabhat. In South Dell were 2 Woodcocks, 3 Fieldfares and 2 Goldcests.