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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
There was a noticeable passage of Blackcaps today with a maximum of seven seen together. Two Chaffinches were also present

Ness, Isle of Lewis
The ***Brown Shrike*** is present again this morning along the Cross Skigersta Road.

Grenitote, North Uist
Two Chiffchaffs were there today

Langass Lodge, North Uist
Five Crossbills, a Blackcap and two Fieldfare there today

Ardnamonie, South Uist
90+Greenland White-fronted Geese were there by Loch Bee

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Brown Shrike (C) and courtesy of Sam Elmer
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The dusky warbler was still at Gleann on Barra today though elusive - only seen c13:45 despite spending me over 2hrs there - it was only heard calling occasionally during that time.

Also common chiffchaff and 2 blackcaps there,

Still a chiffchaff, 2 male blackaps and a female brambling in my garden at Bornish.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan:-

The 1w Brown Shrike located yesterday afternoon by Samantha Hawkins was present towards the N end of the Cross-Skigersta road (croft nos. 64-70) for a prolonged period this morning (at least). At first it was feeding on the ground, and seemingly getting very wet in the long grass, but it looked better later. Couldn't get close for decent photos, though.

Also a Blackcap there and another at Port of Ness with a Chiffchaff

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In addition to Andrews sightings, there were 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Whitethroat at Castlebay, a Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and Woodcock at Creachan and a Siberian Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcaps around Glen.