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21st November:

North Uist: The juvenile American Golden Plover and 20 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare whilst 2 f / imm Common Scoters were off-shore and a juvenile Iceland Gull was present this morning.

 

20th November:

North Uist: 10 Snow Buntings flew south at Rubh' Arnal this morning and 3 Lapland Buntings were on the machair nearby. The juvenile American Golden Plover was seen on Baleshare again today.

South Uist: 2 female Blackcaps are still in South Glendale.

Lapland Bunting Lapland Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

19th November:

North Uist: The Crane was at Newton this morning. The Snow Goose was on the sea just south of Berneray whilst 40 Snow Buntings were at Borve, Berneray; 28 Common Scoters were off the west side and a female / immature Pintail was on Loch Bhrusda. 2 Ruff were at Clachan Farm. A drake American Wigeon was at Oban Trumisgarry.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Fada and another was at the north-west end of Loch Mor.

South Uist: 12 Slavonian Grebes were off Balgarva. 2 Lapland Buntings and 37 Barnacle Geese were at Ardivachar machair. A Glaucous Gull was on the Range at West Gerinish. A Chiffchaff is in Bornish. 2 female Blackcaps were in South Glendale today.

Barra: 2 Long-tailed Tits were in North Bay. A Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaffs were also on the island whilst 147 Long-tailed Ducks were off Allasdale. A Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull were at Ardveenish.

American Wigeon female Blackcap American Wigeon with female Wigeon (Steve Duffield); Blackcap (John Kemp)

 

18th November:

Lewis: 27 Snow Buntings were at the Butt today.

North Uist: An American Golden Plover was on Baleshare; also 2 Pink-footed Geese were seen at the north end with 650 Barnacle Geese and 500 Greylags. 55 Shelduck were by the Baleshare causeway. The Crane was on Berneray; also 56 Whooper Swans on Loch Bhrusda. 3 Iceland Gulls were at Rubh' Arnal this morning.

South Uist: A Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff are in Askernish.

Barra: 3 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull (originally ringed north of Copenhagen Feb. last year) were seen today whilst 135 Long-tailed Ducks were off Allasdale. 2 Long-tailed Tits were also on the island.

 

17th November:

North Uist: 2 Coots are on Loch Sandary. 5 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal. 2 Pink-footed Geese were by Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: 2 Snow Buntings were at Peninerine.

Barra: An Iceland Gull was off Craigston.

 

16th November:

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on the southern side of Balivanich today.

South Uist: A female Blackcap and Brambling were in South Glendale. A Pintail was at Loch Ardvule. The American Golden Plover was at Boisdale and 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Kilpheder.

Barra: 3 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls were at Ardveenish today.

 

15th November:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (juvenile and 2nd winter) were at Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

North Uist: 2 Bramblings were in Lochmaddy. A Fieldfare was in Carinish.

South Uist: The American Golden Plover is still at Boisdale. A Chiffchaff was in Askernish.

American Golden Plover, Boisdale Snipe American Golden Plover (John Kemp); Snipe (Graham Forsyth)

 

14th November:

North Uist: The Snow Goose was seen at Borve, Berneray this afternoon. 2 Snow Buntings flew over Carinish towards Baleshare. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was near Rubh' Arnal. A 3rd winter Iceland Gull was at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 2 Snow Buntings were at Garrynamonie. The American Golden Plover was at North Boisdale. A Little Egret was at Loch Hallan and another was at Loch na Liana Moire. A Coot was on Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh. A Chiffchaff was in Askernish.

Snow Goose Snow Goose (Mary Lewis)

 

13th November:

Benbecula: The Little Egret is still at Loch Fada.

South Uist: The American Golden Plover is still at Boisdale. A Little Egret was at Loch Hallan. A Chiffchaff was in Bornish.

Sanderlings male Hen Harrier White-tailed Eagle
Sanderlings (Graham Forsyth); Hen Harrier and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)

 

12th November:

Lewis: 12 Long-tailed Tits were in Willowglen, Stornoway today.

North Uist: The Snow Goose and Common Crane were on Borve machair, Berneray whilst a Pintail was at Rushgarry. A male Siskin and Goldcrest were in Carinish.

South Uist: A Chiffchaff and Blackcap were in South Glendale. 2 Little Egrets were still at Loch na Liana Mor. 9 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Kilpheder including 3 juveniles.

Chiffchaff Common Crane Crane with Greylags Snow Goose
Chiffchaff (John Kemp); Crane and Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

11th Novemeber:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater flew past the Butt this morning and a Long-tailed Duck was on Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A male Siskin was in Carinish. 2 Lapland Buntings were near Rubh' Arnal.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was at Loch Fada.

South Uist: 3 Pintail were at Loch Ardvule. A Blackcap was in South Glendale. The American Golden Plover was reported from the Range. A Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were in Askernish.

Barra: 28 Black-throated Divers were off Vatersay this afternoon.

Fieldfare Blackcap Little Egret
Fieldare (Graham Forsyth); Blackcap (John Kemp); Little Egret (Steve Duffield)

 

10th Novemeber:

North Uist: 27 Little Auks, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Pomarine Skuas, an Arctic Skua, a juvenile Sabine's Gull and 6 Little Gulls were seen from the ferry between Uig and Lochmaddy today.

South Uist: The American Golden Plover and 6 Pink-footed Geese were at Boisdale. 2 Little Egrets were at Loch na Liana Moire, Daliburgh.

 

9th November:

South Uist: 66 Gannets, 14 Great Northern Divers, 16 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black Guillemots, 14 Long-tailed DucksĀ and 39 Kittiwakes flew south at Ardvule this morning. The juvenile American Golden Plover is still at Boisdale. 4 female / imm. Scaup were on Loch Bee. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north at Cleat. A Chiffchaff was at Ardmhor and 78 Brent Geese are at Traigh Mhor.

American Golden Plover Scaup American Golden Plover and Scaup (John Kemp)

 

8th November:

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Otter, Ardvule Otter (John Kemp)

 

7th November:

Lewis: 3 adult Glaucous Gulls and around 1,000 Kittiwakes were reported from Tiumpan Head. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the Butt. A Ruff and 28 Barnacle Geese were at Loch Stiapabhat. A Chiffchaff was in Port of Ness.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Wheatear were near Rubh' Arnal. A Brambling was in Carinish.

South Uist: 32 Gannets, 6 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 126 Kittiwakes and 1 Black Guillemot flew south at Ardvule this morning. A Pintail was on Loch Ardvule while 110 Purple Sandpiper were at a high tide roost. The hybrid Glaucous Gull has moved to south bay Ardvule today. A Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Barra: A Hawfinch was in Castlebay today.

Wheatear female Blackcap Kittiwake Pintail
Wheatear (Steve Duffield); Blackcap, Kittiwake and Pintail (John Kemp)

 

5th November:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff and Goldcrest are in Carinish. The drake American Wigeon is on Loch Grogarry.

South Uist: A Little Egret was on the west side of Loch Bee this morning. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the Range. 7 Bramblings were in Carnan. The juvenile American Golden Plover is stil at Boisdale; also a hybrid Glaucous Gull on the beach there. A Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a Brambling were in South Glendale. A Chiffchaff, 6 Fieldfare and 70 Redwings by the council houses at West Gerinish. A Chiffchaff, Fieldfare and Siskin at Druidibeg. 10 Snow Buntings by the Howmore River. A Blackcap, Fieldfare and 50 Redwings were at Howmore. A Brambling was at Stoneybridge. A Chicffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, 10 Bramblings and 16 Siskins were at North Loch Eynort. A Chiffchaff was in Bornish.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps and several Barmblings are on the island.

Reed Bunting Reed Bunting (John Kemp)

 

4th November:

North Uist: 2 Chiffchaffs and a Brambling are in Carinish. A Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff and 8 Siskins were in Lochmaddy thus afternoon.

Benbecula: The Swallow was still in Balivanich this morning.

South Uist: 6 Red-throated Divers and 28 Great Northern Divers flew south at Ardvule this morning. 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Bornish. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale. 2 Scaup were on Loch Bee.

Marine Sightings: A male Orca was seen off Brevig this evening.

female Blackcap Blackcap (John Kemp)

 

3rd November:

Lewis: An adult Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head and 6 Whooper Swans flew south down the Minch this morning.

North Uist: A Chiffchaff is in Carinish and 15 Whooper Swans flew south there this evening. A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in Balemartin yesterday.

Benbecula: A Swallow was in Balivanich this afternoon.

South Uist: An American Golden Plover is at Boisdale this morning. 10 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 56 Gannets, 1 Great Skua, 35 Kittiwakes and a Little Auk flew south at Ardvule this morning. 2 Pintail were on Loch Ardvule and 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Loch Bornish. A Blackcap is in South Glendale.

Barra: A Willow Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, 3 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps were in North Bay.

Insects: A Pearly Underwing was caught in South Glendale last night.

Yellow-browed  Warbler, 2nd November American Golden Plover, South Uist Pearly Underwing
Yellow-browed Warbler (Mary Lewis); American Golden Plover and Pearly Underwing (John Kemp)

 

2nd November:

Lewis: 3 Chiffchaffs were in Govig.

Harris: The drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay along with 270 Common Scoters, 2 Snow Buntings were at Scarista.

North Uist: A Spotted Flycatcher was at Callernish this morning. 3 Siskins and a Goldcrest were in Carinish.

South Uist: A Hawfinch was in Bornish briefly; also 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Woodcock there. 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, 8 Siskin, 5 Bramblings and 100 Redwings were in North Loch Eynort. A Blackcap was in South Glendale.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Siskins were on the island.

Redwing Chiffchaffs at Govig Redwing (Graham Forsyth); Chiffchaffs (Terry Lynch)

 

1st November:

North Uist: A Hawfinch was on Grimsay today.

South Uist: 181 Gannets, 8 Red-throated Divers, 7 Great Northern Divers, 122 Kittiwakes, 18 Razorbills and 7 Guillemots flew south at Ardvule this morning. 3 Bramblings and a Chiffchaff were in South Glendale.

Barra: 2 Hawfinch, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and 6 Siskins were on the island; also 2 Little Egrets in Castlebay.

Hawfinch Hawfinch, North Uist Hawfinch Hawfinch Whooper Swan, adult
Hawfinch and Whooper Swan (Steve Duffield)