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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th September 2019. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
500 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 juvenile Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and 150 Manx Shearwaters were feeding off shore this morning along with and number of Great Skuas and a mass of Gannets

Sandwick, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
41 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were on fields opposite Parkend Industrial Estate

Bornish, South Uist
A Lapland Bunting was on the machair, seen from the track to the point this afternoon

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:35 - 09:35
Weather: Wind S f4, 8/8 cloud, very dull, misty with drizzle. Temp 13C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Red-throated Divers (S), 4 Fulmars (S), 42 Gannets (S), 37 Shag (10S 27N), 2 Cormorants (N), 2 Razorbills (S), 8 auk sp (S) and 1 Meadow Pipit (S - in off the sea).
Also present in the area were Mallard 17, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 2, Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Snipe 1, Wheatear 1 and Meadow Pipit 19
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan

A juvenile Little Gull was with Black-headed Gulls at Steinish this afternoon. A scarce bird up here - I see about one every 2 yrs on average.
The Wigeon flock now up to 85 birds. 45 Linnets in a flock at Parkend was a large number by local standards.