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20th October:

Lewis: 25 - 30 Redwings are in Crossbost.

North Uist: 150 - 200 Redwings and 8 Bramblings are in Carinish this morning.

Benbecula: A male Ring Ouzel was on the east side of Rueval.

South Uist: 4 Bramblings are at North Loch Eynort. 100 Redwings, 6 Fieldfare, 7 Bramblings, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler and a flock of 115 Barnacle Geese over South Glendale heading south.

Brambling Brambling (John Kemp)


19th October:

Lewis: 50 Long-tailed Ducks were seen from the Braighe this morning. 400 Redwings flew south through Barvas. A large arrival of thrushes at the Butt today included 4,790 Redwings, 610 Fieldfares, 44 Blackbirds and 12 Bramblings. 42 Snow Buntings, 2 Ring Ouzles and a Wheatear were at the Butt. Hundreds of Redwings were passing over South Dell in the evening along with 12 Bramblings and a Ring Ouzel.

North Uist: A Wheatear, Fieldfare and 4 Bramblings are in Carinish.

Benbecula: A Whimbrel was seen in Stinky Bay today.

South Uist: 7 Great Northern Divers, 6 Long-tailed Ducks and a Great Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning. A female Pintail was on Loch Bornish. The juvenile American Golden Plover was on the Range at West Gerinish; also a Black-tailed Godwit there.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher is still showing well at Ardmhor plantation; also 25 Bramblings, 100's of Redwings, a Mistle Thrush and 2 Swallows are on the island.

American Golden Plover American Golden Plover (John Kemp)


18th October:

Lewis: 7 White-fronted Geese flew east from Tiumpan Head at 9 am. 150 Redwings flew south through Barvas today.

Harris: 2 Black-throated Divers were near the old whaling station. Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Sand Martins and 10 Twite were at Huisinuish. A Blackcap, Redwing and 5 Whooper Swans were at Miaviag. 10 Bramblings, 50 Redwings and a Grey Wagtail were at the Harris Hotel, Tarbet.

North Uist: The Snow Goose was by Loch Brusda, Berneray with around 1,000 Barnacle Geese and 37 Whooper Swans. The Common Crane was at Borve and a Brent Goose was on the south beach. 4 Bramblings and a Siskin were in Carinish.

South Uist: A juvenile American Golden Plover and a Ruff were amongst a large flock of Golden Plover on the Range at West Gerinish this afternoon. A Brambling and Fieldfare flew over Druidibeg Plantation. 10 Bramblings, a Siskin and numerous Redwings were at North Loch Eynort. 14 Bramblings, 30 Redwings and a Blackcap were in South Glendale. A Brambling and Siskin were at Howmore. A Treecreeper and 4 Bramblings were on Bornish today. 10 Bramblings, 17 Goldfinch and 3 Siskins were in Snishival plantation.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher is still at Ardmhor plantation.

Insects: 2 Dark Sword-grass, 4 Dark Arches, 4 Brindled Ochre and 3 Small Wainscot were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Marine Sightings: 2 or 3 Fin Whales were reported hanging around off Tiumpan Head at 9 am today.

juvenile American Golden Plover Brambling American Golden Plover (Steve Duffield); Brambling (John Kemp)


17th October:

Lewis: 57 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south-east at 2 pm.

North Uist: The Snow Goose was near the community hall on Berneray and the Common Crane was on the machair at Borve; also a Pink-footed Goose and a Chiffchaff on the island. 3 Pink-footed Geese were at Hougharry. A Brambling, 100 Redwings and 250 Barnacle Geese at Carinish today.

Barra: 1,000 Redwings, 30 Bramblings, Siskin and Redstart on the island today; also Red-breasted Flycatcher still at Ardmhor and the Barred Warbler is in Castlebay.

Common Crane, Berneray Snow Goose Common Crane and Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)


16th October:

Lewis: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Tiumpan Head where 16 Whooper Swans flew south; also large numbers of Kittiwakes. A Blackcap and 22 Redwings were in Port of Ness. Wheatear is in Habost. A Coal Tit and 40 Redwings were in South Dell. A Wheatear was at the Butt and 47 Barnacle Geese flew south-west.

North Uist: 70 Redwings are in Carinish and 85 Whooper Swans flew south. 10 White-fronted Geese were on Baleshare.

Benbecula: 2 Sand Martins were hawking along the shore at Stinky Bay. At least 50 Whooper Swans are on Loch Mor.

South Uist: 60 Redwings, 1 Blackcap, Goldcrest and a Siskin were in South Glendale. A Snow Bunting was on the Carnan track. 20 Whooper Swans on Loch Bee headed south early in the morning. 245 Barnacle Geese, 73 Brent Geese and 5 Common Scoters were off Ardivachar. 220 Brent Geese, 75 Barnacle Geese and 7 White-fronted Geese were seen on the Range.

Barra: A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Ardmhor today. A Spotted Flycatcher and Brambling were also seen whilst 2 - 300 Whooper Swans flew south during the day. 45 Great Skuas and 3 Arctic Skuas flew south off Brevig in an hour in the afternoon.

Insects: A White-speck, 13 Brindled Ochre, Red Sword-grass, 2 Angle Shades, 1 Silver Y, 2 Large Wainscot, 16 Small Wainscot, 1 Grey Pine Carpet, 2 Caloptilia stigmatella, 1 Agonopterix yeatiana, 1 Acleris variegana and 2 Acleris hyemana were caught in South Glendale last night.

Sand Martin White-speck Sand Martin (Steve Duffield); White-speck (John Kemp)


15th October:

Lewis: 12 Whooper Swans on Loch an Duin, Point. Whooper Swans were seen arriving throughout the day in Ness with a build up to 177 at Loch Stiapabhat around 15:00 when they started heading south; also a juvenile Arctic Tern, Goosander, 2 Brent Geese and 85 Redwings there. 9 Snow Buntings, a Wheatear and 8 Redwings were at the Butt where 93 Barnacle Geese flew south-west. A 2.5 hour seawatch from the Butt produced 8 Pomarine Skuas, 11 Arctic Skuas and 14 Bonxies heading south-east; also a Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers and a Snow Bunting. Geese movement inlcuded 83 Barnacle Geese that flew south-west, as well as 2 Greylags and 2 White-fronted Geese.

North Uist: 35 Whooper Swans flew south over Carinish late this afternoon. 2 Little Stints are still on the shore at Aird an Runair and the drake American Wigeon is on Loch Grogarry.

South Uist: 3 Little Stints are still on the South Ford. Also 18 Whooper Swans and 200 Barnacle Geese flew south there. A Wheatear was nearby at Balgarva and 30+ Redwings were at North Bay. 35 Whooper Swans flew south over Druidibeg. A Blackcap was at Snishival Plantation. 50 Barnacle Geese flew south-east over Loch Eynort. 50 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew over Askernish this evening.

Barra: The Yellow-browed Warbler is still on the island; also a Long-eared Owl.

Little Stints Redwing Icelandic Redwing Little Stints and Redwings (Steve Duffield)


14th October:

Lewis: 4 flocks of pale-bellied Brent Geese totalling around 120 flew south down the shore at Arnol this morning (10 - 11 am). An Arctic Skua was on the cliff top at the Butt along with a Siskin and 8 Goldfinch. 24 Snow Buntings flew south-east at the Butt whilst 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Diver and a Barnacale Goose flew south-west. A Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and 2 Pink-footed Geese were at Loch Stiapabhat; plus 19 Barnacle Geese flew west. A male Brambling was in Port of Ness; the Arctic Tern was still present whilst 25 Barnacle Geese flew south with another 60 on the cliff top to the south along with a Lesser Black-backed Gull. 210 Redwings arrived during the day between Port of Ness and South Dell where there were 12 Common Redpolls.

North Uist: Around 90 Brent Geese flew south-east over Cheese Bay this afternoon.

Benbecula: A Wood Pigeon was in Balivanich. At least 300 Barnacle Geese flew south over Peter's Port this morning.

South Uist: Southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 144 Gannets, 34 Great Northern Divers, 8 Red-throated Divers, 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 58 Barnacle Geese, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Skua, 14 Kittiwakes, 2 Arctic Terns, 17 Razorbills, 11 Guillemots, 26 Auks sp., 1 Black Guillemot, 152 Golden Plover, 21 Snipe and 6 Purple Sandpipers. A Snow Bunting was at Ardivachar and 2 Lapland Buntings were on Bornish machair.

Barra: A Barred Warbler was in Castlebay. A Hawfinch and Brambling were at Ardmhor. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at North Bay.

Arctic Tern Brent Geese Arctic Tern (John Kemp); pale-bellied Brent Geese (Graham Forsyth)


13th October:

Lewis: 102 Barnacle Geese flew west at the Butt where there was 8 Snow Buntings. The Arctic Tern is still in Port of Ness.

North Uist: 3 Redwings were in Carinish this morning. Thousands of Kittiwakes, 2 juvenile Pomarine Skuas and 2 Bonxies were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning.

Benbecula: A Swallow was in Balivanich this afternoon.

South Uist: 3 juvenile Little Stints and 2 Barnacle Geese were on the South Ford. A female Pintail and 25 Black-tailed Godwits were at the south end of Loch Bee.

Barra: A Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap and 2 Swallows are on the island.

Little Stints Little Stints (Steve Duffield)


12th October:

Lewis: 1,300 Barnacle Geese past over Loch Stiapabhat durnig the day with small flocks coming in from the east andh heading down the west coast. 11 Redwing were at Port of Ness and 9 were at the Butt.

North Uist: The American Wigeon was on Loch Grogarry today.

South Uist: 46 Gannets and 16 Great Northern Divers flew south in a couple of hours this morning; also 79 Snipe came in off the sea; an Arctic Tern and Snow Bunting flew north and a Swallow was present.

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver Snipe Great Northern Divers and Snipe (John Kemp)


11th October:

Lewis: Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Barvas and in Carloway. 3 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. An Arctic Tern and was off Port of Ness and a Blackcap was in the gardens there. 5 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit were at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: The Great White Egret was at the south end of Loch Hosta this morning. A female Blackcap was at Calarnais. 2 juvenile Little Stints and 2 Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair, Balranald. 5 Ruff and a Coot were at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: From Orosay 103 Gannets flew south in an hour as well as 6 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Pale-bellied Brent and a Pomarine Skua flew north

Great White Egret, North Uist Great White Egret Pomarine Skua juvenile Peregrine, South Uist
Great White Egret (Steve Duffield); Pomarine Skua and Peregrine (John Kemp)


10th October:

Harris: The drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay.

North Uist: The Crane was seen on Berneray this morning along with a couple of Lapland Buntings. The Great White Egret was on Loch Scolpaig and briefly at Loch Olabhat. A drake American Wigeon was on Loch Grogarry.

South Uist: 2 Lapland Buntings were at Askernish and 54 Barnacle Geese flew south off-shore.

Marine Sightings: 3 - 5 Orcas and a small group of White-sided Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Common Crane Great White Egret Common Crane adn Great White Egret (John Kemp)


9th October:

North Uist: The Common Rosefinch and Yellow-browed Warbler are still in Lochmaddy. A drake American Wigeon was at Oban Trumisgarry. A juvenile Little Stint, 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 740 Barnacle Geese were at Loch Paible. A Great White Egret was seen at Loch Olabhat just after midday before it flew west. The Snow Goose and 13 Pink-footed Geese were on Loch Bhrusda, Berneray. The Common Crane was also seen on Berneray again today.

South Uist: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints were at Balgarva. A Corn Bunting was at Ardivachar.

juvenile Little Stint, North Uist White-rumped Sandpiper Corn Bunting Great White Egret
Little Stint (Steve Duffield); White-rumped Sandpiper and Corn Bunting (John Kemp); Great White Egret (Paul Boyer)


8th October:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull and immature Iceland Gull were reported from Tiumpan head this morning. A Sand Martin was in Port of Ness; also a female Blackcap. A Ruff and Brent Goose were at Loch Stiapabhat.

South Uist: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints were at Balgarva again this morning. A juvenile Common Rosefinch was in Carnan around midday. A Yelllow-browed Warbler and 2 Bramblings were at Druidibeg Plantation.

Marine Sightings: A huge group of around 500 Common Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan head early this morning; also White-sided Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin were seen here.

juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper, South Uist White-rumped Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)


7th October:

Lewis: A Coal Tit was in South Dell and Sand Martin in Port of Ness.

North Uist: A Common Rosefinch, Yellow-browed Warbler and Chiffchaff were in Lochmaddy today. The Common Crane was seen at Borve, Berneray this afternoon.

South Uist: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was seen on the shore at Balgarva. 3 Lapland Buntings were at Frobost.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Lapland Bunting and Spotted Flycatcher were on the island today.

Common Rosefinch, Lochmaddy White-rumped Sandpiper Common Rosefinch (Steve Duffield); White-rumped Sandpiper (Paul Baxter)


6th October:

Lewis: A Crossbill, 3 Redwings and around 100 Lesser Redpolls were by the sawmill in the Castle Grounds, Stornoway this morning.

South Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Willow Warbler and 2 Common Redpolls were at Druidibeg Planatation. A female Scaup is on Loch Rog. A Chiffchaff, 12+ Common Redpolls and a Siskin were at North Loch Eynort. 2 Lapland Buntings were at Stoneybridge.

Insects: 18 moths / 8 species were caught last night at North Loch Eynort including a Red Sword-grass, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Angle Shades, 2 Red-line Quakers, 2 Autumn Green Carpets, 2 Red-green Carpets, 7 Grey Pine Carpets and a Spruce Carpet.

Red-green Carpet Spruce Carpet Red-green Carpet and Spruce Carpet (John Kemp)


5th October:

Lewis: One of the juv Little Stints at Loch Ordais, Lewis, on Monday (2nd) was colour-ringedon on Sep 12th at Makkevika, near Oresund, Norway (62º 30' N, 6º 01' E). 50 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east over South Dell.

North Uist: The Snow Goose, Common Crane, Pink-footed Goose and 10 Ruff were at Borve, Berneray still this morning. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was on the shore at Aird an Runair, Balranald. Quite a few Wheatears still around and a flock of 10 Swallows on the coast at Balemore.

South Uist: 2 House Martins were at Carnan this morning. 89 Pink-footed Geese flew south-south-east over South Glendale this morning. 7 Whooper Swans flew south over Smerclate. 12 Swallows were at Ardivachar.

Barra: A Coal Tit and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were on the island.

Common Crane, Berneray Snow Goose and Crane Short-eared Owl
Common Crane and Snow Goose; Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

4th October:

Lewis: 2 Little Stints and a Brent Goose are at Loch Ordais.

North Uist: A Leach's Petrel was seen off Griminish Point. The Common Crane was seen near the community hall at Borve, Berneray again today; also an adult Snow Goose was with Greylags there.

South Uist: Southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 9 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 114 Gannets, 1 Leach's Petrel, 9 Barnacle Geese, 10 Wigeon, 28 Golden Plover, 3 Kittiwakes and 1 Great Skua. Another 20 - 30 Barnacle Geese flew south at Ardvule later in the morning. A Yellow-browed Warbler and male Blackcap were at North Loch Eynort. 2 Redwings were in South Glendale. A Lapland Bunting was at Frobost.

Barra: A Common Rosefinch was at Eoligarry; also 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and 30 Redwings were on the island.

Golden Plover, Ardvule Wigeon, Ardvule Golden Plover and Wigeon (John Kemp)


3rd October:

Lewis: 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew west past the Butt.

Harris: A drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay today. Several small flocks of Barnacle Geese were seen either passing south or south-west in South Harris and the Sound of Harris today totalling around 150 individuals.

North Uist: A Common Crane was reported from the area around the community hall at Borve, Berneray today. 2 drake American Wigeon were on Loch Aileodair again this afternoon. 3 Little Stints were on the beach at Aird an Runair, Balranald.

South Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper was on the South Ford. 4 Little Stints were in North Bay. A Curlew Sandpiper was with 3 Ruff on the Range. A Yellow-browed Warbler and Willow Warbler were at Carnan.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Garden Warbler and 2 Redwings were on the island today.

Common Scoters Common Scoters (Steve Duffield)


2nd October:

Lewis: 4 Little Stints were at Loch Ordais. 16 Sooty Shearwaters, a juvenile Pomarine Skua, 12 Bonxies, a Red-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver flew south-west past Labost this morning in 2.5 hour watch.

North Uist: 3 juvenile Little Stints and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were at Balranald today. A drake American Wigeon was on Loch Aileodair, near the Loch Portain turning this afternoon.

South Uist: 11 Little Stints were on the South Ford and 5 were at Balgarva. A Curlew Sandpiper, 35 Ruff and 5 Black-tailed Godwits were at West Gerinish. A Little Stint was at Kildonan.

juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Little Stint and Ringed Plover Otter Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and Otter (Steve Duffield)


1st October:

South Uist: 5 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and 9 Little Stints were on the South Ford. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in North Bay. 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers were at West Gerinish. A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was by Loch Bornish. Numberous Ruff were also in the areas above. An afternoon watch at Ardvule included southerly movement of 217 Gannets, 11 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Kittiwakes, 2 Arctic Terns, 3 Great Skuas, 1 male Scaup, 13 Guillemots and 13 Razorbills.

juvenile Arctic Tern juvenile Gannet Arctic Tern and Gannet (John Kemp)