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31st December:

North Uist: A Fieldfare was at Scolpaig.

South Uist: The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

 

30th December:

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal and 3 Coots are on Loch Sandary.

South Uist: The Brambling is still in South Glendale. A Little Egret flew south over Askernish machair and a few Fieldfare were in the area.

Barra: 17 Snow Buntings and a juvenile Iceland Gull were at Traigh Mhor. A Fieldfare was in Northbay.

 

29th December:

Lewis: A 2nd winter Iceland Gull and 3rd winter Glaucous Gull were at Tiumpan head this morning.

South Uist: A Little Egret was near Hebridean Jewellery this morning.

 

28th December:

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

North Uist: The Crane is still on Borve machair, Berneray with good numbers of Snow Buntings which were widely scattered.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was at Loch Mor and a Black-tailed Godwit at Coot Loch.

Crane Goldeneye Crane (Steve Duffield); Goldeneye (John Kemp)

 

27th December:

Lewis: An adult Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head mid-afternoon.

North Uist: 2 Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull were at Rubh Arnal.

South Uist: An adult Iceland Gull flew north at Ardvule this morning. 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Askernish.

Barra: An Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor. A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and 3 Iceland Gulls were at Ardveenish.

 

26th December:

North Uist: The Crane is still on Berneray; also an adult Glaucous Gull and 300+ Snow Buntings on the machair at Borve.

South Uist: The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

Barra: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull are at Ardveenish. A Lapland Bunting flew south over Scurrival. 135 Long-tailed Ducks are off Craigston.

Crane in snow adult Glaucous Gull Crane and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

Merry Christmas to you all

25th December:

Lewis: 8 Snow Buntings were in Ness this morning.

Benbecula: A Little Egret is at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A Little Egret flew south over Askernish early afternoon.

White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)

 

24th December:

Lewis: 7 Snow Buntings were in Ness today.

North Uist: The Snow Goose and Crane were showing well on Berneray today. An Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, 52 Brent Geese and a Lapland Bunting were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: The Brambling is still in South Glendale. The Little Egret was at Loch Liana na Moire, Frobost.

Barra: 2 Iceland Gulls and 22 Snow Buntings are on the island.

 

23rd December:

Benbecula: A Little Egret was at Loch Mor.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning a southerly movement of 6 Gannets, 2 Fulmars, 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 6 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Eiders, 1 Goldeneye, 29 Kittiwakes and 3 Razorbills. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the machair at Kildonan today.

male Eider Long-tailed Ducks Eider and Long-tailed Ducks (John Kemp)

 

22nd December:

Lewis: 3 Pink-footed Geese were in Garrabost today.

North Uist: A pale-bellied Brent Goose was in with Barnacle Geese at Balranald this morning and at least 1 Snow Bunting was flying about at the south end.

South Uist: A Brambling is in South Glendale.

Brambling Brambling (John Kemp)

 

21st December:

North Uist: The adult Glaucous Gull was by Loch Paible again this morning.

South Uist: The Little Egret was on Loch na Liana Moire, Frobost.

 

20th December:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Tiumpan Head in the afternoon.

North Uist: An adult Iceland Gull roosted on Baleshare last night and was seen leaving this morning; also 17 pale-bellied Brent Geese and a drake Pintail there. An adult Glaucous Gull was near Loch Paible. 4 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: The Little Egret is still at Loch Liana Moire, Frobost.

Barra: Juvenile Iceland Gulls were at Ardveenish and Traigh Mhor; also 58 Brent Geese at the latter site.

Marine Sightings: 6 Orcas hunting off Tiumpan Head in the afternoon; also 4 Humpback Whales seen there around same time.

 

19th December:

Lewis: 2 Little Auks were reported off Tiumpan Head. A Brambling was in Shulishader.

 

18th December:

Lewis: A 3rd winter Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head at midday.

North Uist: The Snow Goose, Crane and around 350 Snow Buntings were on Borve machair, Berneray. The American Wigeon was at Loch an Duin. A Chiffchaff was in Lochmaddy.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at Loch Liana Moire, Frobost.

Marine Sightings: A couple of Harbour Porpoise were off Rushgarry, Berneray this morning.

Crane Snow Goose Crane and Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

17th December:

Benbecula: A Little Egret was at Loch Fada and another on adjacent Loch Mor; also a 2nd winter Iceland Gull on Loch Mor before heading to Stinky Bay.

South Uist: 128+ Greenland White-fronted Geese and 41 Barnacle Geese were west of Loch Bee. 2 Lapland Buntings were at Kilaulay. A Little Egret was at Loch Hallan.

Little Egret Twite Little Egret and Twite (Steve Duffield)

 

16th December:

Lewis: 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and near adult) plus 4 Snow Buntings were at Tiumpan Head.

North Uist: The drake American Wigeon is still on Loch an Duin. 6 Snow Buntings were at the north end of Baleshare.

Benbecula: 2 Little Egrets were at Loch Mor.

Barra: 2 Iceland Gulls were at Ardveenish. A Coal Tit was at Nasg.

American Wigeon American Wigeon (Steve Duffield)

 

15th December:

North Uist: A drake American Wigeon was on Loch an Duin by the Loch Portain turning today. 2 Iceland Gulls and 5 pale-bellied Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

 

14th December:

Benbecula: A Little Egret flew west over the road at Creagorry today.

South Uist: An adult Iceland Gull flew south at Ardvule this morning.

 

13th December:

Lewis: The Firecrest is still in Linshader.

North Uist: An Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull and Lapland Bunting were at Rubh' Arnal today.

Barra: A Hawfinch was seen in Brevig this morning. A juvenile Iceland Gull and 2nd winter Glaucous Gull are at Ardveenish. 93 Brent Geese are at Traigh Mhor.

 

12th December:

North Uist: 3 Coots are still on Loch Sandary.

 

11th December:

Lewis: A Slavonian Grebe was off the Braighe today.

Benbecula: 2 Little Egrets were at Loch Mor early afternoon.

South Uist: A female Common Scoter flew south at Ardvule this morning. A Little Egret was by Hebridean Jewellery.

Merlin White-tailed Eagle Merlin and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)

 

10th December:

North Uist: A 2nd winter and juvenile Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal this morning; also 5 Snow Buntings flew over.

Benbecula: A female Pintail was at Borve Point.

South Uist: 6 Snow Buntings were at Askernish.

Otter Otters in Uist Teal immature White-tailed Eagle
Otter (Steve Duffield); Teal and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)

 

9th December:

North Uist: The Crane (please click for video) is still at Borve Berneray and a flock of at least 280 Snow Buntings were on the machair there; also 2 were at Rushgarry by the hostel.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Mor; also 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese between there and Nunton.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north at Ardvule this morning and 166 Purple Sandpipers were present. 70 Snow Buntings were at Peninerine. A Little Egret was at the north-west end of Loch Bee from Ardkenneth; also 53 Greenland White-fronted Geese there and 45 Barnacle Geese on Ardivachar machair. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Balgarva. A hyrbid Glaucous Gull is on the Range; also 40 Snow Buntings there.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish. A Juvenile Glaucous Gull and 27 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Eas.

juvenile Glaucous Gull Snow Buntings Snow Buntings Snow Buntings Crane
Glaucous Gull (John Kemp); Snow Buntings and Crane (Steve Duffield)

 

8th December:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater was reported heading past Tiumpan Head at midday.

South Uist: A Snow Bunting was at Ardvule. 60+ Snow Buntings were at Peninerine. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Bornish machair. A Little Egret was at Loch Hallan. A Coot is on Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh.

Tufted Ducks Tufted Ducks (John Kemp)

 

7th December:

South Uist: 70 Snow Buntings were at Peninerine this morning.

Barra: A immature Glaucous Gull was at Craigston today.

Otter Purple Sandpiper Otter and Purple Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

6th December:

South Uist: A Little Egret was at Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh.

 

5th December:

North Uist: A drake Pintail is on Baleshare.

South Uist: 4 Snow Buntings and 260 Twite were at Ardvule.

Barra: A Glaucous Gull was at Ardveenish today.

otter Snow Bunting Otter and Snow Bunting (John Kemp)

 

4th December:

Lewis: A drake Goosander and 8 Goldeneye were on Loch Branahuie this morning. 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and near adult) were seen at Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal and 3 Coots are on Loch Sandary. A juvenile Glaucous Gull, juvenile and 2nd winter Iceland Gull, 2 Lapland Buntings, 2 Snow Buntings and 4 Brent Geese were in the Rubh' Arnal area.

Barra: 145 Long-tailed Ducks are off Craigston.

Marine Sightings: A dead Sperm Whale has been washed up on the west side of Berneray.

pale-bellied Brent Geese Glaucous Gull Iceland Gull Lapland Bunting Corn Bunting
Brent Geese, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Lapland Bunting and Corn Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd December:

Lewis: 25 Snow Buntings are at the Lionel end of Cross / Skigersta.

North Uist: 3 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare. A Chiffchaff was in Lochmaddy (near the pier). The Crane is still on Berneray and at least 80 Snow Buntings were on the machair at Borve.

Crane Common Crane (John Kemp)

 


2nd December:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull, juvenile Glaucous Gull and 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: A Little Egret was on the South Ford by Hebridean Jewellery this morning. 20 Barnacle Geese were on the machair at Ardivachar.

 

1st December:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull and an adult Iceland Gull were at Tiumpan Head. An adult Glaucous Gull was also on the Braighe this morning. 2 Snow Buntings were in Ness.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew south over Carinish this morning. The Crane and the Snow Goose are still on Berneray; 40 Snow Buntings are also present. The drake Green-winged Teal is on Loch Sandary. A Chiffchaff was at Balranald.

South Uist: The American Golden Plover is still at Boisdale. A Little Egret is at Loch Liana Moire. 45 Snow Buntings are at Ardvule.