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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
A juvenile ****Hudsonian Whimbrel**** reported there today. The female ***Snowy Owl*** also still there [see @Slawrence post below]

Stornoway, Isle of lewis
15+ Great Skuas, 4 Pomarine Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua. 8 Storm Petrel. and c25 Manx Shearwaters were seen during a return trip on the Ullapool - Stornaway Ferry. 1 Minke Whale, 15+ Common Dolphin and 20+ Harbour Porpoise were also seen


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew

Male ‘subalpine’ warbler in my garden this afternoon though quite elusive (seen for 10 mins around 3pm and a brief glimpse around 4) . Attached poor cropped photos were taken through the office window. I’m not sure which one it is but leaning based on most colour being in the throat area with pale bricky pink wash on flanks, reasonably obvious moustache, rather pale looking upperparts and what you can see of white on the tail feathers (tail is in moult) in 3rd photo it’s maybe eastern or Moltoni’s???

Also today - Pectoral Sandpiper still at LA3 on the Range with 20 blackwits there. 19 blackwits and 2 ruff at Loch Bornish.

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