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

Butt of Lewis
12 Greenland Wheatears were at there and two Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch Stiapabhat

Borve, Isle of Lewis
A Lapland Bunting flew over this morning

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
The juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was still there today

Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis
A Lapland Bunting was seen there today

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
7 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua and a Sooty Shearwater were seen offshore from the harbour

Lockmaddy, North Uist
2 Grey Phalaropes were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning

Eoligarry, Barra
A *Common Rosefinch* was seen there this morning [see Bruce's post below]
Five Sooty Shearwaters, four Great Skuas, eight Teal and 100s of Manx Shearwaters past Eoligarry in an hour this evening

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:30-10:20
Weather: Wind SW f4 - 6, initially 8/8 cloud with light rain but clearing to bright sunny conditions, Temp 14 - 15 C.

A near 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 7 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 6 Great Northern Divers (S), 3 Storm Petrels (S), 51 Fulmars (S), 5 Sooty Shearwaters (S), 238 Manx Shearwaters (S), 449 Gannets (447S 2N), 7 Shag (2S 5N), 14 Oystercatchers (S - in off the sea), 14 Golden Plover (S- in off the sea), 4 Bar-tailed Godwits (S - in off the sea), 21 Kitiwakes (S), 3 Common Terns (N), 1 Arctic Tern (S), 2 Great Skuas (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 2 Guillemots (S), 5 Razorbills (S) and 2 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 23, Teal 1, Tufted Duck 3, Eider 9, Red-throated Diver 1, Cormorant 8, Ringed Plover 24, Turnstone 25, Knot 1, Sanderling 30, Dunlin 27, Peregrine 2 [adult & juvenile], Hooded Crow 1, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 4, White Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 12 and Lapland Bunting 1

Counting period: 13:30-14:15
Weather: Wind strengthen with showers in afternoon.

A later 45 minute seawatch produced 1 Storm Petrel (S) and 2 Leach's Petrel (S).

A **Great Shearwater** later heading south at 19:27
An additional 32 Leach's Petrel's flew past the point between 14:40 and 20:07 with two killed and eaten by a Peregrine. 4 Storm Petrels, 7 Sooty Shearwaters, 302 Manx Shearwaters and 750+ Gannets also passed during that period.

Great Shearwater, Rubha Ardvule. Courtesy of and ©Peter Stronach


Senior Member
A juv Common Rosefinch was at Eoligarry first thing this morning, though apparently wasn't seen later. A Ruff was in nearby fields and the Pied Flycatcher remained at Ardmhor.
A 3 hour seawatch on the west side of Vatersay from 2pm produced a juv Sabine's Gull (2.30pm), 5 Leach's and 3 Storm Petrels, 1 Great Skua, I Red-throated Diver, 8 Sooty Shearwaters and c1800 Manx all going south.

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