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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Yellow-browed Warblers have been seen in some numbers today throughout the islands with 18 on Lewis at Stornoway and Ness, Circa 50 on North Uist at Clachan Farm, Carinish, Grenitote, Cladach Baleshare and Callernish House, 9+ on Benbecula at Torlum and Liniclate, and 29+ on South Uist at North Locheynort, South Locheynort, Snishival Plantation and Druidibeg Plantation and 94+ on Barra

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there again today

Bragar, Isle of Lewis
A 1CY **Woodchat Shrike** was seen there today on the cemetary wall. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was also there feeding on a whale carcass

Loch Bhrusda, Berneray
490 Barnacle Geese were by the loch today.

Clachan Farm, North Uist
A Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were seen in the plantation and a Ruff was nearby in fields by the cemetery

Carinish, North Uist
Eight Redwings and a Brambling were there this morning. 380+ Barnacle Geese flew southerly morning

Callernish House, North Uist
A Spotted Flycatcher was seen there today

Claddach Vallay, North Uist
A Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Blackcaps wer there today

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Fieldfare was sen in the area

Baleshare, North Uist
The four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were today seen on Loch na Paisg. 240 Barnacle Geese and a Lapland Bunting were nearby at Lag Gorm

Eochar, South Uist
12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the mud flats off Hebridean Jewellery. Four Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Ardivachar and 80 Barnacle Geese flew south early morning

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Snowy Owl © Soay Sheep Project


Always Birding
The were 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Hawfinch and male Blackcap at North Locheynort this morning. There were also 10 Brambling and 17 Redwing near the confier plantation and 150 Barnacle Geese flew south. Yet another 4 Yellow-browed Warblers and 9 Redwings were at South Locheynort. At Snishival Planation there were another 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Brambling plus 13 Whoopers flew over. A Further 8+ Yellow-browed Warblers and a Chiffchaff were at Druidabeg Plantation early afternoon and 3 Redwings were seen there later.

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Senior Member
94+ Yellow-brows around the island today plus 2 Pied Flycatchers, 4 Crossbills, a Ring Ouzel, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskins, 6+ Bramblings, 1 Grey Wagtail and c100 Redwings. A neighbour also photographed a Hawfinch in their garden this morning.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness

Yellow-browed Warbler – 7 in various gardens between Port of Ness and South Dell
Pied Flycatcher – one in Port of Ness
Common Swift – one over Port of Ness (11.30)
Whooper Swans – 12 on Loch Stiapavat (pm)


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew

There were 3 in my Bornish garden today with a male blackcap, willow warbler and a spotted flycatcher. There as also at least 1 Y-b in the 'Kingbird' garden in Bornish.
Ther were 3+ Y-browed warblers at Snishival Plantation and another one at Grogarry Lodge this afternoon.