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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th October. Updated throughout the day

Valtos, Isle of Lewis
150 Barnacle Geese flew south and 35 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying north

Reef, Isle of Lewis
A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today

Baleshare, North Uist
The four ***Blue-winged Teal*** were today seen again on Loch na Paisg.

Clachan a Luib, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen there today

Carinish, North Uist
Two Yellow-browed Warblers was still present this morning

Scotvein, Grimsay
Two Yellow-browed Warblers were seen the early afternoon

Balivanich, Benbecula
Two Yellow-browed Warblers and a Willow Warbler were seen in the Dunganachy area and 4+ Yellow-browed Warblers are nearby at Torlum

Carnan South Uist
A Hawfinch and three Bramblings was there mid afternoon

Druidibeg Plantation, South Uist
Seven Yellow-browed Warblers, two Willow Warbler, two Goldcrests, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and six Redwings were there today.

Grogarry, South Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler and 12 Redwings were around the lodge. Seven Whoopers and a Goldeneye were on a small loch nearby

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was in the south bay

South Glendale, South Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Brambling were seen in a garden there

Eoligarry, Barra
Two ***Blue-winged Teal*** were there again today [see Bruce's post below]


Senior Member
Fairly challenging weather conditions today. There were still high numbers of Yellow-browed Warblers around the island and certainly in the more sheltered sites I visited there were similar numbers to yesterday. The Pied Flycatcher was still at Ardmhor. a Ring Ouzel was at Creachan and the 2 Blue-winged Teals were at Eoligarry after an absence of nearly 2 weeks.
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Senior Member
4 yellow-browed warblers in my garden today with still a blackcap and spotted flycatcher. Also a few redwings and a brambling in the miserable conditions.

A short walk at North Loch Eynort this aft produced very little apart from a heard only yellow-browed warbler.

cheers, Andrew