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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2018

January    Archive

 

18th February:

Lewis: 22 Snow Buntings were in Fivepenny, Ness today.

Benbecula: The drake Ring-necked Duck - (a short video of it displaying here), a drake Scaup and a pair of Pintail were on Coot Loch. An adult Iceland Gull was in Stinky Bay. 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese were by Loch Balfindlay (Loch Bail'-fhionnlaidh)

South Uist: A Lapland Bunting was on the Range at Ardivachar. 100+ Greenland White-fronted Geese and 40 Barnacle Geese were on the west side of Loch Bee. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at West Gerinish. A juvenile Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Peninerine.

Barra: A Little Auk was on the sea off Craigston this morning and an adult Iceland Gull flew past. An adult Iceland Gull was off Brevig. 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were at Ardveenish. A Pink-footed Goose and 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Cleat. 15 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor.

drake Ring-necked Duck Ring-necked Duck (Steve Duffield)

 

17th February:

Lewis: 2 Iceland Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) were at Tiumpan Head mid-afternoon. 21 Snow Buntings were in Ness today. 31 Iceland Gulls (1 adult) and 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were in Stornoway Harbour.

North Uist: The small Canada / Cackling Goose was at Balranald again today. 2 Little Auks flew north off Aird an Runair and 2 Iceland Gulls (juvenile and 2nd winter) were in the area. Also lots of Kittiwakes, Gannets and Razorbills feeding off-shore. 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and 3rd winter), a juvenile Glaucous Gull and 7 Pintail (3 drakes) were at Loch Paible early this morning. A minimum of 35 Iceland Gulls (at least 10 adults), a juvenile Kumlien's Gull and 7 Glaucous Gulls (single adult) were at Rubh' Arnal; also around 28 Brent Geese there. An immature Iceland Gull was also at Balemore.

South Uist: 4 Iceland Gulls (2 adults, a juvenile and 2nd winter) and 3 Glaucous Gulls (2 juveniles and a 2nd winter) were at Smerclate.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull and 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were at Ardveenish. 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and 2nd winter) were at Allasdale. The Red-necked Grebe was off Ardmhor ferry terminal along with a juvenile Iceland Gull and immature Glaucous Gull. 15 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor.

adult Iceland Gull, South Uist Canada or Cackling Goose juvenile Glaucous Gull adult Iceland Gull juvenile Iceland Gull 4 Iceland GullsIceland Gull (John Kemp); Canada / Cackling Goose, Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

16th February:

Lewis: 19 Snow Buntings are still in Ness.

North Uist: A Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare this morning.

Benbecula: The drake Ring-necked Duck is still on Coot Loch; also a pair of Pintail there. Nearby an adult Iceland Gull was on the machair at Liniclate and presumably the same bird was in Stinky Bay a little later.

South Uist: 2 Kumlien's Gulls (juvenile and 2nd winter), 3 Iceland Gulls (2 adults and a juvenile) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Smerclate. 26 Fieldfare were near the Pollochar.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucuos Gull was off Ardmhor ferry terminal and an adult Iceland Gull flew past Cleat.

Goldfinch, Lewis adult Iceland Gull 1st winter Kumlien's Gull 2nd winter Kumlien's Gull 2nd winter Kumlien's Gull adult Iceland Gull, South UistGoldfinch (Graham Forsyth); Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield); Kumlien's Gulls and Iceland Gull (John Kemp)

 

15th February:

Lewis: 19 Snow Buntings were in Ness.

North Uist: The Tree Sparrow is still at Paiblesgarry.

South Uist: 9 Gannets, 5 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 4 Razorbills, 1 Guillemot, 4 Black Guillemots, 8 Long-tailed Ducks, 16 Eiders and 2 Kittiwakes flew south at Ardvule this morning. A 1st winter Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (adult and 1st winter) were also present.

Black Guillemot Iceland Gull Iceland Gull Black Guillemot and Iceland Gulls (John Kemp)

 

14th February:

Lewis: A couple of Fieldfare were in Ness today. 20 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls were in Stornoway Habrour.

South Uist: A Brambling and Woodcock were in South Glendale today.

 

13th February:

Lewis: A 3rd winter Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head in the afternoon.

North Uist: At least 3 Glaucous Gulls are still on Baleshare this morning.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still at Ardvule; also a southerly movement off the point of 49 Gannets, 7 Kittiwakes, 12 Razorbills and 21 Auks sp. this morning. The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

 

12th February:

Lewis: 20 Iceland Gulls and 5 Glaucous Gulls were in Stornoway Harbour / Goat Island today.

North Uist: 5 Glaucous Gulls (3 juveniles and 2 x 2nd winter) and an adult Iceland Gull were on Baleshare. The Tree Sparrow as at Paiblesgarry again today.

South Uist: The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

Barra: 3 Iceland Gulls and 3 Glaucous Gulls were at Ardveenish. 12 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.

Red Deer stag Glaucous Gull Red Deer (Graham Forsyth); Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

11th February:

Lewis: 19 Snow Buntings are in Ness. At least 30 Iceland Gulls (mostly juveniles although a few 2nd winter and 2 adults) and 5 Glaucous Gulls were around Stornoway Harbour / Goat Island this morning.

North Uist: A Tree Sparrow was in Paiblesgarry today.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule.

Barra: 2 juvenile and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gulls were on the island today.

 

10th February:

Lewis: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was again on the flooded machair at Lionel. 19 Snow Buntings are in Ness.

North Uist: 2 Glaucous Gulls and a Snow Bunting were on Baleshare.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule and the Brambling is in South Glendale.

Barra: The Red-necked Grebe was off Ardmhor along with an Iceland Gull. A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Craigston. 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 3rd winter) and 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Cleat. 2 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were at Ardveenish. The Coal Tit was in Castlebay.

drake Wigeon Wigeon (John Kemp)

 

9th February:

Lewis: 19 Snow Buntings were in Ness today.

North Uist: 3 Glaucous Gulls, an Iceland Gull, 26 pale-bellied Brent Geese and a single Lapland Bunting were at Rubh' Arnal. A single Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull were at Balemore.

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Ardvule and a Pink-footed Goose was at Loch Ardvule.

Barra: The Red-necked Grebe (possibly of the North American race holboelli) was off Ardmhor again today.

 

8th February:

Lewis: The immature Glaucous Gull was at Lionel again today and 19 Snow Buntings were in Ness. 2 adult Glaucous Gulls and an adult Kumlien's Gull were reported from Tiumpan Head today.

South Uist: A Pink-footed Goose was at Loch Ardvule. A Brambling was in South Glendale.

Barra: The Red-necked Grebe (possibly of North American race holboelli) was seen off Armhor again today. 4 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were ay Ardveenish and another Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor. 2 Common Redpolls were also on the island.

 

7th February:

Lewis: 28 Iceland Gulls (24 juvenile, 2 x 2nd winter, a 3rd winter and an adult) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were in Stornoway Harbour / Goat Island.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still at Ardvule and 30 Snow Buntings were on Bornish machair. The Brambling is in South Glendale. A Glaucous Gull was at Ardivachar.

Barra: A Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull were at Ardveenish.

 

6th February:

Lewis: At least 3 Snow Buntings are still in Ness.

South Uist: 3 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and 2 juveniles) and a Pintail were at Ardvule. The Brambling was in South Gendale. A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was on the Range and another Glaucous Gull flew north past Ardivachar.

Barra from Ardvule Barra from Ardvule (John Kemp)

 

5th February:

Lewis: 8 Iceland Gulls (2 adults, 2 x 2nd winter and 4 juveniles) and 6 Glaucous Gulls (3 juveniles and 3 x 2nd winters) were seen around Stornoway Harbour today. 19 Snow Buntings were in Ness again today.

North Uist: 6 Iceland Gulls, 3 Glaucous Gulls, 9 Snow Buntings and 62 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule and 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was at Smerclate. The Brambling is still in South Glendale. 12 Fieldfares were in Askernish.

3rd winter Glaucious Gull Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

4th February:

Lewis: 19 Snow Buntings were in Ness.

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

North Uist: A Glaucous Gull and 55 Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair. 2 Glaucous Gulls were at Hougharry.

South Uist: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) were at Ardvule today; also 11 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew north there.

Barra: 14 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor. 3 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were at Ardveenish. 47 Black-throated Divers were off Vatersay.

Red-breated Merganser Red-breasted Merganser (John Kemp)

 

3rd February:

Lewis: 19 Snow Buntings were in Ness. A 3rd winter Iceland Gull and adult Glaucous Gull were at Tiumpan Head this morning.

South Uist: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Kilpheder. 3 Glaucous Gulls were on the shore at Askernish.

Benbecula: A drake Ring-necked Duck was on Coot Loch this afternoon.

Bar-tailed Godwits 2nd winter Glaucous Gull Bar-tailed Godwits and Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

2nd February:

Lewis: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the flooded machair at Lionel today.

North Uist: The small Canada Goose was at Kyles Paible today (video here). A juvenile and adult Glaucous Gull were at Hougharry which were presumably part of the 4 recorded at Balranald later. 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese were off Kirkibost Island. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and adult Iceland Gull were at Rubh' Arnal. The Crane was at Borve, Berneray.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull and a female Pintail were at Ardvule. The Brambling is in South Glendale.

Canada Goose, North Uist Canada Goose adult Glaucous Gull juvenile Glaucous Gull female Pintail
Canada Goose and Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield); Pintail (John Kemp)

 

 

1st February:

Lewis: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) and an Iceland Gull were seen in Stornoway Harbour this afternoon.

North Uist: An adult Iceland Gull was in Carinish this morning. 2 Glaucous Gulls (2nd winter and juvenile) were on Baleshare.

South Uist: The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

Barra: An adult Glaucous Gull was on Vatersay. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Traigh Mhor and another flew south past Brevig.

adult Iceland Gull Iceland Gull, North Uist adult Iceland Gull, North Uist Lapwing Brambling
Iceland Gull and Lapwing(Steve Duffield); Brambling (John Kemp)