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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 5th October 2018. Updated throughout the day

Eoligarry, Isle of Barra
The ***Isabelline Shrike*** was again in the garden of Donscurravel House today

Askernish, South Uist
The ***Lesser Yellowlegs*** was still in the fields by the clubhouse this morning. A Pectoral Sandpiper was also seen in the same field

Creachan, Barra
A **Blyth's Reed Warbler** was trapped and relaeased there late this afternoon. A Yellow-browed Warbler, Wood Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat were also on the island

Bragar, Isle of Lewis
An immature Pomarine Skua and a Sooty Shearwater flew past Geodha nan Cuileachean late morning

Loch Sandray, North Uist
The Pied Flycatcher is still in a garden near Loch Sandary. A Willow Warbler and Redwing were also in the area

Loch Paible, North Uist
160+ Barnacle Geese were on the loch

Balivanich, Benbecula
A Greenland Redpoll, Greenland Wheatear and 7 Swallows were seen there today

Blyth's Reed Warbler (C) & courtesy of Ian Ricketts
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tony Marr at Ness

Butt of Lewis: Seawatch (0830 – 0930) WNW F. 7-8
Sooty Shearwater – one E-W
Manx Shearwater – one E-W
GN Diver – 2 E-W
Rt Diver – 2 -W
Bonxie – one E-W
Auk sp. - 15 E-W and 3 NW-SE
Red-breasted Merganser – 3 NW-SE
Kestrel – one offshore lost to view
Merlin – one mobbing the Kestrel
Barnacle Goose – one came in from sea from E & continued SW
Kittiwake – 12 E-W
Arctic Tern – 3 E-W
Gannet – est. 1,200 E-W

On the Butt (0930 – 1120)
Common Snipe – flocks of 8+7+5 and a single along cliffs W of lighthouse
Redwing – four inside lighthouse compound (0950) flew off S
Snow Bunting – 10 along clifftops W of lighthouse (1030)


Senior Member
Four Great Northern Divers flew SW in a brief seawatch at Aird an Runair, North Uist in the late morning. Apart from a small number of Guillemots/Razorbills there was not much else passing and 54 Black-tailed Godwits were on the stubble. Also there were a few flocks of Linnets (exceptional numbers have been present recently including a flock of some 300 a few days previously).

A Willow Warbler was in a Carinish garden, North Uist.

It was fairly quiet during a brief late afternoon visit to Langass, North Uist but a calling Buzzard drew my attention to a Golden Eagle as it flew over.



Always Birding
The Lesser Yellowlegs was again on the same field here at Askernish but was joined today by a Pectoral Sandpiper. A Chiffchaff was in the garden and circa 14 Swallows were picking flies off the wall of a local house. Snipe were very much in evidence with some 60 on the fields and some 80+ birds seen flying south in 5 or 6 wisps during the morning. Curlew had greatly increased with some 80+ birds around Loch Hallan and the machair held 50+ Skylark which were not there yesterday. 42 Barnacle Geese flew south along the beach mid morning

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Chris Johnson

Senior Member
30 barnacle geese passed Ardivachar headland in the early morning but none since. 18 golden plovers and small groups of snipe all day dropped in.