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2017

Please note that the sightings below do not reflect the variety of species you can see in a normal day out birding or wildlife watching. These reports concentrate on more unusual species or significant counts or movements.

31st January:

Lewis: 6 Iceland Gulls (4 juveniles and 2, 2nd winters) plus 4 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean. 2 hybrid Cackling x Barnacle Geese were on the machair at Malaclate and a Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags at Grenitote. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Carinish.

Benbecula: 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on the beach in Balivanich this evening.

Marine Sightings: A Harbour Porpoise was off Traigh Iar, Grenitote.

Cackling Goose hybrid hybrid Cackling x Barnacle Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

30th January:

Lewis: An adult and 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway Harbour today. A Brambling and a Great Tit were in Willowglen, Stornoway.

North Uist: 6 Glaucous Gulls (5 juveniles and a 2nd winter) and 7 Pintail (5 males) were on Baleshare this morning.

South Uist: 2 juvenile / 1st winter Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull were at Orosay today.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Tangasdale and another was at Ardveenish.

 

29th January:

Lewis: A Waxwing was briefly in Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway today.

North Uist: A 2nd winter Iceland Gull and 57 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal whilst another pale-belled Brent was with Barnacle Geese at Cnoc a Lin. The American Coot was on Loch nam Feithean along with 5 Coots and 4 Pintail (2 pairs). A Gyr Falcon was on the dune edge at Balranald this afternoon before heading south towards Paible. A Fieldfare were also along the main road at Balranald.

South Uist: A Jack Snipe was at Mingarry. 4 Snow Buntings flew over Arnaval.

Barra: The drake American Wigeon was on the sea at Eoligarry. Juvenile Iceland Gulls were at Traigh Mhor and off Vatersay. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardveenish. A Chiffchaff is at Brevig.

Marine Sightings: 5 Orcas, 3 Humpback Whales and 2 Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning. Also around 10 White-sided Dolphins past by close in yesterday.

Gyr Falcon - Outer Hebrides Birds Gyr Falcon, Balranald 2017 Gyr Falcon, North Uist pale-bellied Brent Goose, North Uist Golden Plover, Ardvule
Gyr Falcon and Brent Goose (Steve Duffield); Golden Plover (John Kemp)

 

28th January:

North Uist: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was in Carinish today. 3 Fieldfares were at Clachan.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Uskevagh

South Uist: 2 juvenile / 1st winter Iceland Gulls were in the south bay at Ardvule today. 5 Scaup and a Pink-footed Goose were on Loch Bee. The Blue Tit was again in Bornish. 46 Black-throated Divers were in the Sound of Barra off Eriskay. A juvenile Kumlien's Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull were at Orosay. A juvenile Iceland Gull and 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Howmore / Peninerine.

Barra: 29 Snow Buntings were at Eoligarry. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Garrygall.

1st Iceland Gull, Outer Hebrides Birds Rock Pipit, North Uist Iceland Gull (John Kemp); Rock Pipit (Mary Lewis)

 

27th January:

South Uist: An adult Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Balgarva. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardivachar. 3 Common Scoters flew south at Ardvule. The Blue Tit from last autumn was in Bornish again today.

Barra: The adult Ring-billed Gull was still on Vatersay today along with a juvenile Iceland Gull.

Marine Sightings: 200+ Common Dolphins were seen from Tiumpan Head this morning.

juvenile Iceland Gull, South Uist Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

26th January:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Sand Street, Stornoway.

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary this morning. At least 5 juvenile Glaucous Gulls, a hybrid Glauc x Herring Gull, juvenile Iceland Gull and a 2nd winter Kumlien's Gull were at Rubh' Arnal; also at least 34 Brent Geese were in the area.

Barra: An adult Ring-billed Gull was at Caolis, Vatersay today.

Greenshank - Outer Hebrides Birds leucistic Common Gull, North Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull, North Uist juvenile Iceland Gull, Outer Hebrides Birds 2nd winter Kumlien's Gull, North Uist Nelson's Gull, North Uist
Greenshank, leucistic Common Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Kumlien's Gull and hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

25th January:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Bayhead, Stornoway.

North Uist: The Little Egret was again feeding in pools just west of the North Ford Causeway, just south of Grimsay this morning.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was sheltering in the creek at the northern end of Loch Bee this morning.

 

24th January:

Lewis: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was seen at Tiumpan Head and a Storm Petrel was reported off-shore. 250+ Gannets and a similar number of auks were also seen just east of the lighthouse.

North Uist: 2 Iceland Gulls (and adult and a juvenile); 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 8 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale was seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

23rd January:

Lewis: 2 adult Iceland Gulls were at Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: 10 immature Glaucous Gulls and 9 Pintail were on Baleshare today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Carinish. The Little Egret was seen again this afternoon on pools west of the causeway just south of Grimsay.

Benbecula: 9 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on Loch Fada today.

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were between Boisdale and Kilpheder this morning and a juvenile Iceland Gull flew south.

Marine Sightings: A mixed group of Risso's Dolphins and Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

juvenile Iceland Gull, South Uist Sanderling juvenile Glaucous Gull, North Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull - Outer Hebrides Birds Winter
Iceland Gull and Sanderling (John Kemp); Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

22nd January:

North Uist: The American Coot was at the south side of Loch nam Feithean with 5 Coots this morning. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Loch Paible, 4 immatures flew north along the coast there and 2 juveniles were on the machair at Balemore along with an Iceland Gull. At least 7 immature Glaucous Gulls and 4 Pintail were on Baleshare.

Barra: The drake American Wigeon was on the sea off Eoligarry. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardveenish.

juvenile Glaucous Gull with Herring Gulls Glaucous Gull gape juvenile Glaucous Gull - Outer Hebrides BIrds, winter Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

21st January:

North Uist: A Gyr Falcon was seen heading towards Kyles Paible today. 16 Glaucous Gulls (all juveniles or 2nd winters) were on Baleshare this afternoon. 2 American Wigeon were on Loch Aileodair. 140 Snow Buntings, 2,450 Barnacle Geese and a Pink-footed Goose were on Berneray. A Water Rail and female Blackcap were at Carnan.

Glaucous Gull - Outer Hebrides Birds Glaucous Gull, Baleshare 2nd winter Glaucous Gull, North Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull - Outer Hebrides Birds juvenile Glaucous Gull, Baleshare
Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

20th January:

Lewis: A juvenile Kumlien's Gull, 5 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls (adult and juvenile) were in Stornoway Harbour early afternoon.

North Uist: 2 drake American Wigeon were on Loch Aileodair, just south of Loch Portain turning today. A Pink-footed Goose was in Carinish. 13 Glaucous Gulls were still on Baleshare today. 30+ Brent Geese were seen from the North Ford causeway between Benbecula and Grimsay this afternoon.

South Uist: 3 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and 2 juveniles) were on the south bay at Ardvule this morning.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale was seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry today.

Rock Pipit, Outer Hebrides Birds Rock Pipit (Steve Duffield)

 

19th January:

North Uist: The Little Egret was on the North Ford just south of Grimsay again this morning.

Little Egret, North Uist Little Egret (Steve Duffield)

 

18th January:

Lewis: 2 Iceland Gulls (1st winter and 3rd winter) and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were in Stornoway.

North Uist: 13 Glaucous Gulls (an adult, 10 juveniles and 2 x 2nd winters) were on Baleshare this morning; also 4 Pintail and 16 Brent Geese. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Carinish this morning.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in the south bay at Ardvule. The drake Green-winged Teal was at the north end of Loch Bee.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, Outer Hebrides Birds Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

17th January:

Lewis: An adult Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head. A Mute Swan was at Loch Cromor (scrace in Lewis).

North Uist: 12 Glaucous Gulls (at least 10 juveniles and 1 probably 2, 2nd winters) were on Baleshare this morning; also 5 Snow Buntings there. The American Coot was seen at Loch nam Feithean today.

Marine Sightings: 2 Orcas and a pod of Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

16th January:

North Uist: A dead Little Auk was found at Claddach Baleshare.

South Uist: An adult Glaucous Gull was in the south bay at Ardvule.

 

15th January:

North Uist: An adult Glaucous Gull was at the southern end of Berneray today.

South Uist: A dead Little Auk was picked up along the Gualan today. 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and juvenile) were at Ardvule and 2 female Pintail were on Loch Ardvule.

adult Glaucous Gull, Berneray Little Auk, Outer Hebrides Birds Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield); Little Auk (Martyn Jamieson)

 

14th January:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Carinish today. A Snow Bunting was on the road at the north end of Grimsay.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish this morning. The drake American Wigeon was at Eoligarry again today.

 

13th January:

Lewis: An adult and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were in Stornoway harbour today. 2 Fieldfare were seen in Crossbost today.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Carinish. A juvenile Glaucous Gull, 9 Brent Geese and a Pied Wagtail were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: 13 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Kilpheder.

Barra: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Borve. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north past Traigh Eas and another was off Ardmhor ferry terminal. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Brevig. 11 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor. 3 Whooper Swans flew south from Eriskay and past Ardmhor in the late afternoon.

 

12th January:

North Uist: At Balranald the American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean, 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Aird an Runair and 13 Snow Buntings were present. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Carinish today. 7 Glaucous Gulls ( 2x 2nd winters and 5 juveniles) were on Baleshare; also 2 drake Pintail here.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull flew south at Ardvule this morning; also 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls in south bay before flying south.

Barra: A Chiffchaff was at Skallary. 2 Fieldfare were at Brevig.

 

11th January:

North Uist: At least 2 Glaucous Gulls were still on Baleshare (a juvenile and 2nd winter).

Benbecula: Around 70 Kittiwakes flew north-west off Stinky Bay in 10 minutes late morning.

South Uist: A 1st winter Iceland Gull flew north at Ardvule this morning.

Lapwing, Baleshare juvenile Glaucous Gull, North Uist Lapwing and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

10th January:

North Uist: 5 Glaucous Gulls (a 2nd winter and 4 juveniles) are still on Baleshare today.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Craigston and another was on Vatersay.

 

9th January:

North Uist: 6 immature (5 juveniles and a 2nd or 3rd winter) Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare; also 3 Pintails were on the island.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, Baleshare juvenile Glaucous Gull, North Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull, North Uist Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

8th January:

North Uist: The American Coot was on the south side of Loch nam Feithean with 5 Coots this afternoon. The Little Egret was seen just south of Grimsay, off the North Ford causeway again today.

South Uist: An adult Iceland Gull and 13 Snow Buntings were seen on the Range.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardveenish today. 11 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor.

 

7th January:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull was off Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Carinish this morning. A Little Egret was on the North Ford today just south of Grimsay.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish.

 

6th January:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Carinish.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north at Ardvule and a female Pintail was on Loch Ardvule.

Marine Sightings: 2 Humpback Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head around lunchtime today.

 

5th January:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Carinish.

Benbecula: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on airport beach in Balivanich; also a Pied Wagtail there.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish today and an adult Glaucous Gull flew north past Allasdale.

Pied Wagtail, Benbecula Pied Wagtail (Steve Duffield)

 

4th January:

North Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and a couple of Fieldfare were in Carinish today. Around 40 Brent Geese were seen on the North Ford around lunchtime today.

Barra: The drake American Wigeon was back at Eoligarry this morning and a Siberian Chiffchaff was at Northbay.

 

3rd January:

North Uist: 44 Brent Geese were on the North Ford between Benbecula and Grimsay this afternoon. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Carinish.

 

2nd January:

North Uist: 3 Glaucous Gulls (3rd winter and 2 juveniles) were at Carinish. The American Coot was still on Loch nam Feithean. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and female Pintail were on Loch Dusary. At least 4 Pintail are on Baleshare.

Benbecula: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Balivanich. An adult Iceland Gull was at Stinky Bay. 6 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was at the north end of Loch Bee; also 9 Scaup were at the south end. 5 Lapland Buntings were on Eochar machair.

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull was off Ardmhor ferry terminal today. A juvenile Iceland Gull was off Cleat whilst 2 Little Auks flew west there. Juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Eoligarry and Allasdale. 8 Pink-footed Geese were at Eoligarry. A Brambling was still in Brevig.

drake Green-winged Teal, South Uist Green-winged Teal (Steve Duffield)

 

1st January:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Bayhead, Stornoway this morning and it or another around Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway in the afternoon. A couple of Pink-footed Geese were with Greylags in the Stornoway area too.

North Uist: The American Coot was showing close to the road at Loch nam Feithean today along with 5 Coots; also 2 female Pintails were present. 5 Pintail (3 males - 1 immature and 2 female) were on Baleshare. 3 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and 2 juveniles) were on the North Ford at Carinish this morning. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 3 Snow Buntings were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: 3 Barnacle Geese and a Pink-footed Goose were on Bornish machair. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in the bay at South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Kumlien's Gull was off Scurrival this morning whilst an adult Glaucous Gull was also nearby. 11 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor.

Marine Sightings: Masses of By-the-wind Sailors were seen on Baleshare today along with a dead Common Dolphin. Masses of By-the-wind Sailors are also still washing ashore in Barra.

American Coot, North Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull, Carinish Pink-footed Goose with Greylags
American Coot and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield); Pink-footed Goose (John Kemp)