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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and **Short-toed Lark** were still on the island today. Also present were the first Jack Snipe of the autumn, a Sparrowhawk, Slavonian Grebe, 25 Snow Bunting, 2 Lapland Bunting, a Robin, Brambling and Shelduck, 7 Redwing, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 73 Barnacles and 50 Pink-feet

Loch Stiaphabhat, Lewis
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** and three Pectoral Sandpipers were on flooded fields by the road to the northwest of the loch. Six Bramblings were nearly in Port of Ness

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
An adult drake Surf Scoter was seen from the Seilebost road viewpoint this afternoon. Four Long-tailed Duck were also seen

Langass Woods, North Uist
Four Brambling were seen there today

Baleshare, North Uist
The juvenile *American Golden Plover* is still to be found at Teanamachar, in the fields to the north of the Baleshare bothies

Loch Bee, South Uist
The ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was seen on the west side of Loch Bee early afternoon

Ludag, South Uist
A Snow Bunting was at the north end of the Eriskay causeway

11 Brent Geese were on the beach near Am Politician

Creachan Woods, Barra
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen there early afternoon. Another was seen elsewhere on the island

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Jack Snipe & Sparrowhawk, St Kilda (C) Craig Nisbet


Senior Member

Tree Pipit at Glen this morning and the Yellow-browed Warbler was still at Creachan. A handful of Redwings around the south end of the island first thing along with a few Siskins moving south.