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2015

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.

30th June:

South Uist: 15 Common Scoters flew south at Ardvule this morning and the Whimbrel is still present.

Common Scoter Outer Hebrides Birds Common Scoters (John Kemp)

 

29th June:

South Uist: A seawatch at Ardvule (0540 –0915 ) included a southerly passage of 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 392 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Storm Petrels, 104 Razorbills, 24 Guillemots, 74 Puffins, 3 Black Guillemots, 1 Great Skua and  2 Arctic Skuas. A single Whimbrel was also still present.

 

28th June:

Lewis: The Lesser Canada Goose is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

Harris: The Rose-coloured Starling was seen in Miabhaig again this morning.

Insects: A Ruby Tiger moth and Common Hawker dragonfly were seen at North Loch Eynort this morning.

Whimbrel Birds of Outer Hebrides Whimbrel (John Kemp)

 

27th June:

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was at Loch Portain today.

Insects: 103 moths of 24 species were trapped in South Glendale last night including 3 Green Carpet, 2 Spectacle, Purple Bar and a Heart & Dart. Micros included single Aspilapteryx tringipennella and Ancylis unguicella.

Green-winged Teal Outer Hebrides Birds Hen Harrier Birds Outer Hebrides Elachista albifrontella Heart and Dart
Green-winged Teal and Hen Harrier (Steve Duffield); Elachista albifrontella and Heart and Dart (John Kemp)

 

26th June:

Lewis: A Hawfinch was feeding in a garden in South Shawbost today (first seen yesterday). The Lesser Canada Goose was still at Loch Stiapabhat today and a Spotted Flycatcher was nearby.

North Uist: A Spotted Flycatcher was in Carinish.

South Uist: 2 Sandwich Terns flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Drinker moth Heath Bumblebee Drinker moth caterpillar and Heath Bumblebee (Steve Duffield)

 

25th June:

Lewis: The Lesser Canada Goose was still at Loch Stiapabhat with 2 Whooper Swans.

Insects: 53 moths / 20 species were trapped in South Glendale last night including 3 Map-winged Swifts, a Pebble Prominent, Dark Brocade, Double-striped Pug, Narrow-winged Pug and a Grey Pug.

Dark Brocade Map-winged Swift Narrow-winged Pug Curlew Outer Hebrides Birds Redshank Outer Hebrides Birds Snipe Outer Hebrides Birds
Dark Brocade, Map-winged Swift and Narrow-winged Pug (John Kemp); Curlew, Redshank and Snipe (Steve Duffield)

 

24th June:

Lewis: The Lesser Canada Goose is still by Loch Stiapabhat.

Harris: A Rose-coloured Starling was in Miabhaig.

Lesser Canada Goose - Outer Hebrides Birds Rose-coloured Starling, Harris 2015 Rose-coloured Starling Outer Hebrides Birds
Lesser Canada Goose (Tony Marr); Rose-coloured Starling (Dave Killick)

 

23rd June:

Lewis: The Lesser Canada Goose was still at Loch Stiapabhat today. A Long-tailed Duck was on Loch Branahuie today.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Stoneybridge.

Glaucous Gull, June, South Uist Great Yellow Bumblebee, Loch Eynort Glaucous Gull and Great Yellow Bumblebee (Steve Duffield)

 

22nd June:

Lewis: A small Canada Goose was seen at Loch Stiapabhat today.

White-tailed Eagle Outer Hebrides bird sightings White-tailed Eagle - Outer Hebrides birds White-tailed Eagle (Steve Duffield) - from Lady Anne boat trip around Ronay.

 

21st June:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling is still at Aird in Point. 2 Storm Petrels were seen from Tiumpan Head and 4 Leach's Petrels were seen on the west side of the Minch from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry this afternoon. A Short-eared Owl was near Carloway this morning. A pair of Whooper Swans with 2 cygnets are on Loch Achmore.

Harris: A Rose-coloured Starling was in Scaladale.

St. Kilda: The 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull is still by Hirta.

Barra: At least 5 Bee-eaters were at Brevig today.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale, 2 Minke Whales and 12 White-beaked Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head today.

Bee-eater Cuckoo Bee-eater (John Kemp); Cuckoo (Steve Duffield)

 

20th June:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Aird, 2 miles south off Tiumpan Head (there is no access to this site). A 2nd cal. yr. Iceland Gull was in Stornoway Harbour this evening.

South Uist: A 2nd summer Ring-billed Gull was on the shore at Orosay today. A 1st summer Glaucous Gull was in North Bay.

Barra: At least 5 Bee-eaters were at Nasg and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Brevig. A Sandwich Tern was in the Sound of Barra.

2nd summer Ring-billed Gull, South Uist Bee-eaters, Barra Ring-billed Gull (John Kemp); Bee-eaters (Andrew Stevenson)

 

19th June:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Aird on Point today; around 2 miles south of Tiumpan Head. .

South Uist: A drake American Wigeon was on Loch Bee today.

Barra: 3 Bee-eaters was still in Castlebay mid-morning.

Oysercatcher nest Oystercatcher nest (Jac Volbeda)

 

18th June:

North Uist: 2 Iceland Gulls were near Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: A 1st summer Glaucous Gull was at Ardivachar today.

Barra: 3 Bee-eaters were seen along the Nask road near Castlebay today.

Glaucous Gull 1st summer Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

17th June:

North Uist: 2 Long-tailed Skuas and a Pomarine Skua flew north off Aird an Runair this morning and a Little Stint was on the shore. An Iceland Gull was on the machair at Balranald.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning (0510 – 0845) a southerly passage included 2 Great Northern Divers, 339 Gannets, 35 Fulmars, 657 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, 16 Kittiwakes, 2 Great Skuas, 252 Razorbills, 72 Guillemots, 3 Black Guillemots and 17 Puffins.

Barra: A Bee-eater was in Castle Bay this evening (Birdguides).

Great Northern Diver non-breeding plumage Great Northern Diver (John Kemp)

 

15th June:

Lewis: A 1st yr Iceland Gull was at the Butt this morning.

 

14th June:

Insects: 4 Argent & Sable, 2 Satyr Pugs, Ancylis unguicella, Falseuncaria ruficilianaas as well as 3 Glyphipterix schoenicolellaand 3 Micropterix aureatella were seen around Ruabhal, Benbecula today. The latter species of micro moth is new for the Outer Hebrides.

Glyphipterix schoenicolella Micropterix aureatella Glyphipterix schoenicolella and Micropterix aureatella (John Kemp)

 

13th June:

North Uist: A Redwing was seen at Langass Lodge today.

South Uist: The male Siskin is still in South Glendale.

Insects: Moths trapped last night include 2 Grey Pugs, Flame Shoulder and Grey Scalloped Bar at South Glendale; whilst at North Loch Eynort there was a Golden-rod Pug, 2 Foxglove Pugs, 5 Brimstone Moths, a Scalloped Hazel, 3 Ruddy Highflyers and a May Highflyer. A Great Yellow Bumblebee was also seen in South Glendale.

May Highflyer Great Yellow Bumblebee May Highflyer and Great Yellow Bumblebee (John Kemp)

 

12th June:

St. Kilda: A 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull was seen today; also a 1st summer American Herring Gull although apparently killed and eaten by a Bonxie.

South Uist: Sea-watching at Ardvule this morning (0700 – 0915) produced a northerly movement in slight misty, drizzly conditions of 184 Manx Shearwaters, 104 Puffins, 43 Razorbills, 83 Auks sp and a Black Guillemot. A Siskin is still in South Glendale.

Marine Sightings: 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardvule this morning.

female Teal Epiblema constipunctana Teal (Steve Duffield); Epiblema constipunctana (John Kemp)

 

11th June:

Lewis: A Little Egret was feeding on the river at Garrynahine this afternoon. A Tree Sparrow and 2 Common Redpolls were in Port of Ness. 2 1st summer Iceland Gulls, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 House Martins were at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: 2 1st yr Iceland Gulls were near Rubh' Arnal today.

Mingulay: A 2nd summer Iceland Gull was in Village Bay for the past week and a Whitethroat was on the island.

Insects: Moths trapped last night include a Grey Pug, White Ermine, 5 Buff Ermine and Spectacle on Eriskay. Iin South Glendale the following were trapped: Acleris hastiana, Crambus lathoniellus, 4 Neofaculta ericetella, 2 Grey Pugs, a Foxglove Pug, 3 Garden Carpets, Silver-ground Carpet, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 29 Brown Silver-lines, Grey Scalloped Bar, Broom Moth and 4 Shears.

Iceland Gull Acleris hastiana Ancylis subarcuana Broom moth Foxglove Pug
Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield); Acleris hastiana, Ancylis subarcuana, Broom and Foxglove Pug (John Kemp)

 

10th June:

Marine Sightings: A Basking Shark was in Village Bay, Mingulay today.

Drinker moth caterpillar Pyramidal Bugle Drinker moth larva and Pyramidal Bugle (Steve Duffield)

 

9th June:

Benbecula: The male Ruff and at least 8 Black-tailed Godwits are still on Loch Mor. 

South Uist: The pair of Whooper Swans stillhave 2 cygnets on Mid Loch Ollay. A Chiffchaff was singing at North Loch Eynort.

Marine Sightings: A Basking Shark was in Village Bay, Mingulay today.

Insects: The micro moth, Glyphiterix haworthana was netted on Eriskay today.

Glyphipterix haworthana Glyphipterix haworthana (John Kemp)

 

8th June:

North Uist: A female Golden Oriole was at Langass Lodge this morning.

South Uist: A Tree Sparrow and Spotted Flycatcher were in South Glendale.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale was seen just south of Barra today.

Insects: A Grey Scalloped Bar, Scalloped Hazel,  Knot Grass, Clouded Drab, 2 Shears, Ruddy Highflyer, 11 Brown Silver-line, 2 Grey Pugs, Diamond-back Moth, and a new species for the Outer Hebrides, Carpatolechia proximella were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Carpatolechia proximella Grey Scalloped Bar Scalloped Hazel
Carpatolechia proximella, Grey Scalloped Bar and Scalloped Hazel (John Kemp)

 

7th June:

Lewis: A Pectoral Sandpiper and a Little Gull were at Loch Stiapabhat. A 1st yr Iceland Gull was at the Butt. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Port of Ness and a Lesser Whitethroat was at Eorpie.

Sanderling and Turnstones Sanderling and Turnstones (Steve Duffield)

 

6th June:

Lewis: A Red-necked Phalarope was near the Butt on a pool by the road around midday along with 2 x 1st summer Iceland Gulls. 2 Sandwich Terns and a 1st summer Little Gull were at Loch Stiapabhat. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Eoropie.

North Uist: A Pomarine Skua was seen heading north-east over Grenitote late this morning. 2 male Ruff were on Baleshare.

Benbecula: 9 Black-tailed Godwits and a male Ruff were on Loch Mor with the Ruff occasionally displaying to the godwits. A female Golden Oriole was seen near Griminish surgery this morning.

male Ruff male Ruff, Baleshare male Ruff displaying to Black-tailed Godwit
Ruff (2 photos - Jac Volbeda); Ruff and Black-tailed Godwits (Steve Duffield)

 

5th June:

Lewis: A Wood Sandpiper was seen at Mangersta today.

Benbecula: A drake Garganey was on Loch Mor this afternoon.

 

4th June:

North Uist: A male Subalpine Warbler was discovered around Balranald visitor centre this evening.

Benbecula: 3 Black-tailed Godwits are still at Loch Mor and a House Martin was at Stinky Bay.

South Uist: A Glaucous Gull was at Peninerine today.

Insects: 2 Argent and Sable were on the east side of Rueval, Benbecula this afternoon. Gracillaria syringella, Blastobasis lacticolella, Ruddy Highflyer, Scalloped Hazel and 3 Brimstone Moths were caught at North Loch Eynort last night. A Knot Grass, 2 Puss Moths and 2 Red Chestnut were caught at Carnan.

Gracillaria syringella Subalpine Warbler Subalpine Warbler North Uist Subalpine Warbler Outer Hebrides
Gracillaria syrnigella (John Kemp); Subalpine Warbler (Steve Duffield)

Subalpine Warbler Subalpine Warbler, Balranald, 2015 Subalpine Warbler, Outer Hebrides 2015 Subalpine Warbler
Subalpine Warbler (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd June:

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper was at Aird an Runair today.

South Uist: The drake Goosander is still at Loch Eynort and a Grasshopper Warbler were heard singing there.

Barra: a Grasshopper Warbler was heard reeling at Grean.

Insects: A Grey Pug was found in South Glendale today.

Grey Pug Grey Pug (John Kemp)

 

2nd June:

North Uist: a Redwing was in Carinish this evening.

Shelduck Shelduck (John Kemp)

 

1st June:

Benbecula: 7 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Mor this morning.

South Uist: An immature Glaucous Gull was at Ardivachar today. A drake Goosander was at Loch Eynort.