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2017

Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings. 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.

27th May:

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper is at Aird an Runair this morning.

Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper (Bob McMillan)

 

26th May:

Lewis: 8 immature White-tailed Eagles were over Loch Stiapabhat around midday before drifting south-west.

North Uist: 2 Siskins were in Langass Wood this afternoon. 3 Curlew Sandpipers were at the south end of Loch Paible this evening.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull is still at Ardivachar. 2 Siskins were in South Glendale.

Barra: A Turtle Dove, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Siskin and 4 House Martins were at Brevig. A Swift was on Vatersay.

Marine Sightings: 6 Risso's Dolphins headed north off the lighthouse on Scalpay around 4 pm today.

Insects: Moths trapped in Carinish last night include a Pebble Prominent, Fox Moth, Dark Sword-grass, Angle Shades, Broom and Brimstone, amongst others. Red Admirals were seen at Torlum, Langass Wood and on Scalpay today. 185 moths /41 species were caught in South Glendale last night which incluingd 76 Brown Silver-lines, 8 Narrow-winged Pugs, 6 Grey Pugs, 3 Common Pugs, 4 Satyr Pugs, 2 Foxglove Pugs, 1 Fox Moth, 2 Clouded-bordered Brindle, 4 Striped Twin-spot Carpets, 4 Scalloped Hazel, 1 Grey Scalloped Bar, 1 Plutella xylostella, 1 Elachista subalbidella, 6 Acleris hastiana, 1 Syndemis musculana, 3 Anania fuscalis and 1 Notocelia cynosbatella.

Brimstone Moth Fox Moth Arctic Skua
Brimstone (Steve Duffield); Fox Moth (John Kemp); Arctic Skua (Mary Lewis)

 

25th May:

Lewis: 2 Common Redpolls were at Barvas this morning. A Whinchat is singing in Carloway. A Turtle Dove was in Port of Ness in the morning. A Chiffchaff was at the Butt.

North Uist: 3 Whimbrel flew north over Carinish this evening.

South Uist: A 1st yr Iceland Gull and 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were between Orosay and Daliburgh.

Barra: 8 House Martins and a Grey Wagtail are at Brevig.

Marine Sightings: 2 Humpback Whales and 6 Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head at 10 am today.

Insects: A Buff Ermine, 2 White Ermine, Pebble Prominent, 2 Angle Shades, 6 Broom Moth, 11 Shears, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye, 1 Spectacle, 2 Silver-ground Carpet, 1 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 1 Satyr Pug, 1 Scalloped Hazel and Neofaculta ericetella were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Common Redpoll 1st yr Iceland Gull Whimbrel Turtle Dove
Common Redpoll (Graham Forsyth); Iceland Gull (John Kemp); Whimbrel (Mary Lewis); Turtle Dove (Tony Marr)

 

24th May:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was by the visitor centre at Balranald and a juvenile Iceland Gull was near Loch Paible.

South Uist: 86 Kittiwakes and a Great Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Chiffchaff and House Martin were in North Bay.

Snipe Snipe (John Kemp)

 

23rd May:

Lewis: A male Ruff and a Swift were seen at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: 5 Long-tailed Skuas and a Pomarine Skua flew north at Aird an Runair this morning. A female / immature Marsh Harrier was at Balranald / Loch nam Feithean. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Grogarry.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: Southerly passage at Ardvule this morning included 19 Fulmars, 8 Manx Shearwaters, Black-throated Diver 1S and 2N but probably just one individual, 1 Great Northern Diver, 102 Gannets, 203 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Skua, 23 Razorbills, 35 Guillemots, 107 Auk sp and 6 Puffins.

Corncrake Short-eared Owl Black-throated Diver
Corncrake and Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield); Black-throated Diver (John Kemp)

 

22nd May:

Lewis: A Wood Warbler was in Willowglen, Stornoway today.

North Uist: A Grey-headed Wagtail is in Carinish. The Turtle Dove was feeding in a ploughed field at Balemartin again today. An immature Marsh Harrier flew south at Balranald this evening. 26 Long-tailed Skuas flew north at Aird an Runair at 16:30.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff were on Loch Mor and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on Coot Loch.

South Uist: The juvenile Iceland Gull is still at Ardivachar.

Barra: 2 Whitethroats and a Chiffchaff were in North Bay. A House Martin was at Ardmhor ferry terminal.

Grey-headed Wagtail Grey-headed Wagtail Grey-headed Wagtail (Steve Duffield)

 

21st May:

Lewis: The Black Tern was at Loch Stiapabhat this morning along with 3 House Martins and a Swift; a Ruff, Sandwich Tern and 5 Whooper Swans were also seen during the day. A Wood Warbler was singing in the Castle Grounds by the Creed Lodge entrance today. 3 House Martins were by the sawmill and 3 by the golf club; also lots of Siskins present.

North Uist: 2 Roseate Terns were seen heading south past Rubha Mor. A Glaucous Gull was Balemore. The Turtle Dove was seen first thing this morning at Balemartin. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Grogarry (Loch Croghearraidh). A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Loch Sandary before flying north.

Benbecula: The pale-bellied Brent Goose was at Loch Mor along with at least one male (red) Ruff.

South Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore River.

Insects: 3 Puss Moths were trapped last night at Claddach.

 

20th May:

Lewis: The Black Tern reappeared over Loch Stiapabhat this afternoon where there was also 3 House Martins.

Harris: 2 Whitethroats have been in Northton all week; also 2 Siskins on the feeders.

North Uist: The male and female Dotterel are still on the machair at Balemore. The Iceland Gull reported from Balranald today is apparently a leucistic Common Gull. A Turtle Dove and a Stock Dove were in a ploughed field at Balemartin late this afternoon. 2 Tree Sparrows have been in Lochmaddy for the last 3 days.

South Uist: An Osprey and Spotted Flycatcher were at Loch Eynort this morning. An Iceland Gull was seen at Ardivacahar and another at Ardvule along with 2 Brent Geese. A Whitethroat was singing at the north end of the Eriskay causeway.

Insects: 7 Striped Twin-spot Carpets, 2 Garden Carpets, 1 Common Carpet, 1 Scalloped Hazel, 7 Narrow-winged Pugs, 1 Angle Shades, 2 White Ermine, 1 Clouded-bordered Brindle, 1 Broom Moth, 1 Glaucous Shears and a Dark Sword-grass were trapped in South Glendale last night. 2 Grey Scalloped Bars and a Knot Grass were trapped at Claddach Baleshare whilst a White Ermine, Shears, Puss Moth and Dark Sword-grass were caught at Carinish.

Garden Carpet Stock Dove Turtle Dove
Garden Carpet (John Kemp); Stock Dove and Turtle Dove (Jack Bugnall)

 

19th May:

Lewis: A White-billed Diver was seen off Skigersta. 4 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Stiapabhat. 15 Whimbrel were at Lionel. An immature Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head.

North Uist: 2 Dotterel (male and female) are on the machair at Balemore whilst an immature Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull are nearby at Rubh' Arnal. A Barnacle Goose was at Balranald. A male Ruff was at Loch nam Feithean. A 1st yr Iceland Gull was at Balranald.

Benbecula: A Lesser Whitethroat was in Liniclate this morning along with the Tree Sparrow. A male Ruff is on Loch Mor and another on Loch Fada.

Barra: A Spotted Flycatcher and 2 House Martins were at Garrygall.

Marine Sightings: 2 Humpback Whales and 5 Minke Whales (one with a youngster) were seen off Tiumpan Head.

Lesser Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Duffield)

 

18th May:

Lewis: The Black Tern was still on Loch Stiapabhat this morning.

North Uist A male and female Dotterel were at Balemore and a Glaucous Gull was near Rubh' Arnal. A Long-tailed Skua flew north off Aird an Runair this evening.

Benbecula: A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was in Stinky Bay before flying south this morning. 3 male Ruff are on Loch Mor and a 1st yr Little Gull was present this morning. A drake Scaup was on Loch Eilean.

South Uist: At Ardvule today 448 Kittiwakes flew south (06:45 – 10:00) and the 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were still present. The Turtle Dove was seen again this morning at Grogarry.

Mingulay: 2 Corncrake and a Black-tailed Godwit were seen on the island today.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull (John Kemp)

 

17th May:

Lewis: A Black Tern and 6 House Martins were at Loch Stiapabhat this afternoon. 10 Whimbrel were at Eoropie and 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were at the Butt.

North Uist: A male Dotterel was at Balemore. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in fields opposite Loch nam Feithean. 6 Long-tailed Skaus and 2 Pomarine Skuas flew north off Aird an Runair today. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Kallin.

Benbecula: The Tree Sparrow is still at Liniclate.

South Uist: At Ardvule a southerly passage included 109 Gannets, 194 Fulmars, 129 Kittiwakes, 58 Razorbills, 11 Guillemots, 44 Auks sp. and a Long-tailed Duck. The Kumlien’s Gull and 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were still present. A Turtle Dove was seen at Grogarry.

Insects: A Currant Pug was found in Askernish today. A Small Heath butterfly was seen on Eriskay.

Kumlien's Gull Currant Pug Black Tern Turtle Dove
Kumlien's Gull (John Kemp); Currant Pug (Bill Niell); Black Tern (Tony Marr); Turtle Dove (Mark Warren)

 

16th May:

Lewis: 215 Long-tailed Ducks were on Loch Branahuie. 5 House Martins and 2 Common Scoters were seen at Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: 11 Long-tailed Skuas, 10 Pomarine Skuas and an immature Iceland Gull were seen heading north at Aird an Runair today. A Little Stint was on the machair near Aird an Runair and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was opposite Loch nam Feithean.

Benbecula: A male Ruff was on Loch Mor. The Tree Sparrow is still at Liniclate.

South Uist: Birds moving South at Ardvule today included 321 Gannets, 129 Fulmars, 55 Manx Shearwaters, 130 Kittiwakes and 1 Long-tailed Duck. Also 4 Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua flew north while other species present included the 1st wint Kumlien’s Gull and 2 Pale-bellied Brents A Leach's Petrel was seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry today.

Barra: 10 Whimbrel were on Vatersay and a Long-tailed Duck was off-shore there.

male Hen Harrier Kumlien's Gull Tree Sparrow Corncrake
Hen Harrier (Mary Lewis); Kumlien's Gull (John Kemp); Tree Sparrow and Corncrake (Steve Duffield)

 

15th May:

Lewis: 16 House Martins and 106 Long-tailed Ducks were at Loch Branahuie mid-afternoon whilst a Swift was along the Braighe. 4 Pink-footed Geese were at Fivepenny. 29 Whimbrel were at Eoropie. 2 Ruff and 6 House Martins were at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Kentish Plover is at Borve, Berneray this afternoon (previously seen at Tacumshim in April). Iceland Gulls were seen at Loch Sandary and Loch Hosta. 2 Long-tailed Skuas and 2 Pomarine Skuas flew north at Aird an Runair this evening. A 2 cal yr Glaucous Gull was at Balranald. 4 Little Stints were reported from Balranald. A Long-tailed Skua flew over Balemore where it spooked the Dotterel that were still present.

Benbecula: 3 male Ruff were at Borve and another male was on Loch Mor with a pair of Pintail. A Swift was also seen at Loch Mor today. The Tree Sparrow is still at Liniclate.

South Uist: An Osprey has spent the last couple of days fishing on the south side of Loch Bee (east of the causeway). 2 Swifts were at Loch an't-Saile this morning. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Howmore (behind the bike shop). 8 House Martins and a Chiffchaff were at North Loch Eynort. A juvenile Glaucous Gull, juvenile Kumlien's Gull and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule today whilst a Swift was seen at the point. A 1st yr Little Gull was on Bornish machair.

Swift Long-tailed Skua Swift (John Kemp); Long-tailed Skua (Glyn Evans)

 

14th May:

Lewis: 3 House Martins and a Corncrake were at Steinish today.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was around Loch na Reivil / Loch nam Feithean this afternoon. An Iceland Gull was at Loch Hosta. 4 Dotterel were on the machair between Balemore and Rubh' Arnal this morning. A Pomarine Skua flew north at Aird an Runair this morning. A Chiffchaff was at Hosta.

Benbecula: A Tree Sparrow was at Lionacleit. A male (red) Ruff was on Loch Mor.

South Uist: At Ardvule a northerly passage of 112 Gannets (133 south), 47 Fulmars (33 south), 4 Manx Shearwaters (46 south), 4 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas (2 south), 1 Long-tailed Skua, 103 Auks species including 1 Puffin. Also present 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 9 Whimbrel, 68 Arctic Terns feeding offshore, 1 Iceland Gull (1st wint). A Whitethroat is in South Glendale. 3 Sandwich Terns were reported from Ardivachar.

Barra: A Redwing, Swift and 2 House Martins were on the island today.

Arctic Skua, South Uist Long-tailed Skua, South Uist Sanderling Corncrake juvenile Glaucous Gull
Arctic Skua, Long-tailed Skua and Sanderling (John Kemp); Corncrake and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

13th May:

Lewis: 5 House Martins and an immature Iceland Gull were at Loch Tiumpan. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south over Port of Ness this evening. A Curlew Sandpiper was on bog pools south of Ness.

Benbecula: 3 male Ruff and a pale-bellied Brent Goose were at Loch Mor. A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was flew over Borve.

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Hosta. A Red-breasted Flycatcher was reported at Paiblesgarry. 4 Dotterel were on the machair at Balemore. A Whinchat was at Loch Sandary as well as a Greenland White-fronted Goose.

South Uist: At Ardvule northerly passage of 195 Gannets, 53 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua (and one south). Also present 2 Pale-bellied Brents and an Iceland Gull. A House Martin and 2 Siskins were in South Glendale this morning and a Whitethroat this evening. 132 Ravens were at Kilpheder Point. A Whitethroat was in Askernish

Barra: The 2nd yr Night Heron is still at Gleann; also a Spotted Flycatcher there. An Iceland Gull was at Allasdale and a House Martin was at Northbay.

Insects: 5 Narrow-winged Pugs, 1 Common Pug, 2 Satyr Pugs, 1 Foxglove Pug, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 5 Glaucous Shears, 1 Shears, 2 Broom Moth, 2 Flame Shoulder, 7 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpets, 1 Striped Twin-spot Carpet and micros Acleris hastiana, Anania fuscalis, and 2 Agonopterix subpropinquella f. rhodochrella were caught in South Glendale last night.

Anania fuscalis Satyr Pug Shears Curlew Sandpiper, Lewis
Anania fuscalis, Satyr Pug and Shears (John Kemp); Curlew Sandpiper (Samantha Hawkins)

 

12th May:

Lewis: 336 Long-tailed Ducks and 25 House Martins were at Loch Branahuie late this morning. An immature Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head at midday. A male Ruff, 2 Coots, a Pink-footed Goose and a Whooper Swan were at Loch Stiapabhat. 7 Pink-footed Geese were at Fivepenny. 5 Whimbrel were at the Butt. A House Martin was at Skigersta. A 2nd c y Iceland Gull was in Stornoway harbour and another was at Cross Street.

North Uist: 3 Dotterel (short movie here) were on the machair at Balemore and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Rubh' Arnal. A House Martin flew east at Claddach Vallay. A 1st yr Little Gull was on Loch Bhrusda. An Iceland Gull was on Loch Sandary. A Glaucous Gull was at Balranald along with 2 male Ruff.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was seen in Stinky Bay. 2 male Ruff were on Loch Mor.

South Uist: 42 Whimbrel were at Grogarry. A drake Scaup and 4 Whooper Swans were on West Loch Ollay. At Ardvule this morning a northerly movement of 6 Great Northern Divers, 110 Gannets, 58 Fulmars and 37 Manx Shearwaters while species flying south included 1 Little Tern and a Swift. Also present were 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Iceland Gull (not yesterday’s bird) and a Black-tailed Godwit. 2 Siskins were in South Glendale and 2 House Martins this evening. An Osprey was at Loch Bee before flying east.

Barra: A Night Heron was at Garrygall today. A Brambling was in Castlebay. 2 House Martins were at Loch an Duin.

 

11th May:

Lewis: A House Martin was seen at Achmore. A House Martin was also seen at Port of Ness and a male Snow Bunting was at Fivepenny.

North Uist: 5 Whimbrel were at Carinish.

Benbecula: The Little Egret, A Ruff and pair of Pintail were on Loch Mor. 6 Whooper Swans flew east over the South Ford causeway this morning. A Green Sandpiper was seen heading south at Market Stance

South Uist: A northerly movement at Ardvule of 173 Gannets, 5 Great Northern Divers (also 5 south), 6 Red-throated Divers, 6 Fulmars, 2 Black Guillemots, 1 Great Skua while 61 Kittiwakes flew south. Also present 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 5 Whimbrel and a 1st yr Iceland Gull. 1st yr Little Gull was seen at Kildonan.

Barra: A Ruff was at Eoligarry. A Whinchat was at Bogach. An Iceland Gull was at Allasdale and 35 Whimbrel were around the island.

Insects: 86 Brown Silver-lines, 4 Grey Scalloped Bar, 2 Scalloped Hazel, 7 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 7 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Narrow-winged Pugs, 2 Pebble Prominent, 1 Brindled Ochre, 2 Shears, 1 Glaucous Shears, 1 Small Square-spot and 1 Dark Sword-grass were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale, 5 Minke Whales, Risso's, Common and White-beaked Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head today.

Corncrake, South Uist Corncrakes fighting Corncrakes (John Kemp)

 

10th May:

Lewis: An immature Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head around midday. A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Stornoway Harbour. 258 Long-tailed Ducks were on Loch Branahuie. 32 Pink-footed Geese were around Loch Stiapabhat today and another 120 over the Butt turned south. A female Snow Bunting was also at the Butt and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Stiapabhat in the afternoon.

North Uist: 2 Pomarine Skuas flew north past Aird an Runair this morning. 20 Brent Geese flew south at Aird an Runair this morning. A Black-tailed Godwit was near Loch Bhrusda, Berneray.

Benbecula: The Little Egret, a Brent Goose and a pair of Pintail are on Loch Mor; also 2 male Ruff were at the south-east end. An Iceland Gull was seen in Stinky Bay. A male Ruff was seen on the machair at Borve.

South Uist: The drake Green- winged Teal is still present on Loch an't-Saile. At Ardvule this morning a northerly movement included a White-billed Diver, 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver (adult summer), 9 Red-throated Divers, 1 Pomarine Skua and 17 Whimbrel. Also present 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Iceland Gull (1st wint) and 4 White Wagtails. A White-billed Diver also flew north at Ardvule this morning. A 1st summer Little Gull was at Loch Bornish. 3 Siskins were in South Glendale.

Barra: A Yellow Wagtail was seen at Eoligarry. A Slavonian Grebe was in the Sound of Barra. A Brambling was in Castlebay.

Insects: 2 Puss Moths, 1 Pebble Prominent, 1 White Ermine, 2 Glaucous Shears, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Striped Twin-spot Carpets and a Scalloped Hazel were caught in South Glendale last night. 22 Ruddy Highflyers, 1 Grey Scalloped Bar, 2 Golden-rod Pugs, 1 Dark Sword-grass and 1 Acleris hastiana. were caught at Druidibeg.

Glaucous Shears Scalloped Hazel White-billed Diver
Glaucous Shears, Scalloped Hazel and White-billed Diver (John Kemp)

 

9th May:

Lewis: 325 Knot (in 6 flocks) flew north up the Minch about a mile off Skigersta this evening.

North Uist: A pair of Garganey were at the north end of Loch Bhrusda, Berneray this morning. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Callernish House.

Benbecula: The Little Egret is still at Loch Fada. A pair of Pintail were on Loch Mor.

South Uist: An Iceland Gull was at Orasay today. 57 Whimbrel were in Aserknish. A Wood Warbler, Blackcap and Common Redpoll were in South Glendale this afternoon. An Osprey was seen circling over the Eriskay causeway before flying south over the island.

Barra: 2 Night Herons were at Glen this morning.

Wood Warbler Wood Warbler (John Kemp)

 

8th May:

Lewis: A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was at the Butt this afternoon; a juvenile Glaucous Gull was also there this morning as well as a Lapland Bunting. The drake Green-winged Teal was at Fivepenny / Loch Stiapabhat. 5 Pink-footed Geese and 2 White Wagtails are still in the area.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Fada and a pair of Pintail were on Loch Mor.

South Uist: Sseawatching at Ardvule this morning produced 6 Fulmar (N), 110 Gannets (27S 83N), 48 Kittiwakes (21S 27N), 20 Razorbills (S) and 2 Great Skuas. Also present were 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Whimbrel, a Knot, 4 White Wagtails and a single Common Sandpiper.

Barra: 2 Grasshopper Warblers were in North Bay.

Insects: A Beautiful Yellow Underwing was seen in South Glendale today.

 

7th May:

Lewis: The Pectoral Sandpiper is still at Fivepenny. A Lapland Bunting was near the Butt. A Mistle Thrush was in North Dell.

North Uist: 3 Dotterel were still at Rubh' Arnal this morning. A Glaucous and an Iceland Gull were also seen at Rubh' Arnal. 2 Ruff were seen at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: 10 Whimbrel flew north at Ardvule; also a Brent Goose present. 4 Common Redpolls and a Siskin were in South Glendale.

Barra: The Night Heron is still in Garrygall / Glen. 2 Swifts also flew north over the island.

Insects: A Red Admiral was in South Glendale.

Common Redpoll Green-veined White Red Admiral
Common Redpoll, Green-veined White and Red Admiral (John Kemp)

 

6th May:

Lewis: The Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper are still at Fivepenny. A Lapland Bunting is at the Butt. 2 Coots and 5 Pink-footed Geese were at Loch Stiapabhat.

Harris: A Waxwing was seen in Tarbet this morning.

North Uist: 3 Dotterel are at Rubh' Arnal along with 2 Iceland Gulls and 3 Glaucous Gulls. A pair of Garganey were seen on Berneray.

South Uist: 11 Puffins flew north at Ardvule this morning; also 18 Great Northern Divers were on the sea here and a pale-bellied Brent Goose and a White Wagtail were nearby. 2 Siskins, 4 Common Redpolls and a Goldcrest were in South Glendale. A drake Garganey is at Loch an't-Saile this evening. 100+ Whimbrel are still at Askernish.

Barra: A Green Sandpiper was at Loch an Duin today. A Whinchat and Swift were both seen at Glen.

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver (John Kemp)

 

5th May:

Lewis: The Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Green-winged Teal are still at Fivepenny. 5 Pink-footed Geese were at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: 3 Dotterel (2 females and a male) are at the south-west end of Berneray around 25m from the picnic area. 3 Dotterel were also reported from Paiblesgarry.

Barra: The 2nd summer Night Heron is still at Garrygall. A Marsh Harrier toured the island and ended up at Eoligarry. Also on the island a Redwing, Brent Goose and Sandwich Tern.

 

4th May:

Lewis: A Pectoral Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper and drake Green-winged Teal were at Fivepenny this morning. 6 Whimbrel and a Snow Bunting were at the Butt.

North Uist: A summer plumage Spotted Redshank was seen on Loch nam Feithean.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Mor. A 2nd winter / summer Iceland Gull was in Stinky Bay in the evening.

Barra: The White-billed Diver was off Eoligarry. A Hawfinch was on Vatersay. The Night Heron was at Garrygall and a Lesser Whitethroat was on the island.

Insects: Moth trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced a Dark Sword-grass, Herald, Poplar Lutestring, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Grey Scalloped Bar, 5 Grey Pine Carpet, 4 Early Tooth-striped, 9 Ruddy Highflyers, 1 May Highflyer, 1 Foxglove Pug, 1 V-Pug, 4 Golden-rod Pugs and a Gracillaria syringella.

Gracillaria syringella Herald Pale-shouldered Brocade V-pug
Gracillaria syringella, Herald, Pale-shouldered Brocade and V-pug (John Kemp)

 

3rd May:

Lewis: The Snow Bunting is still in Port of Ness. 3 Barnacle Geese, pair of Gadwall and the Coot are still at Loch Stiapabhat. 11 Whimbrel and 2 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. A White-billed Diver was off the harbour at Skigersta. 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Blackcaps singing in the castle grounds and another Blackcap in Urquhart Gardens. Apparent arrival of redpolls over the last couple of days, with about 10 in the castle grounds, at least 2 of which were Lessers.

North Uist: A pair of Pintail are on Baleshare.

South Uist: 3 Siskins, 4 Common Redpolls, 2 Blackcaps and a Woodpigeon were in South Glendale. 136 Whimbrel and a single Black-tailed Godwit were in Askernish and a 2nd yr Iceland Gull was on the shore.

Barra: The White-billed Diver was seen off Eoligarry again. The Night Heron was at Glenn. There was also 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, a Blackcap and Siskin on the island.

Insects: Moths trapped in South Glendale last night included 2 Emperor Moths, 6 Puss Moths, 2 Brindled Ochre, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Knot Grass, 39 Brown Silver-line, 3 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 4 Flame Carpet, 4 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 1 Ruddy Highflyer, 1 Narrow-winged Pug and 4 Acleris hastiana.

Narrow-winged Pug Ruddy Highflyer Narrow-winged Pug and Ruddy Highflyer (John Kemp)

 

2nd May:

Lewis: 283 Long-tailed Ducks were on Loch Branahuie. The Green-winged Teal and a pair of Gadwall are still at Fivepenny. 3 Snow Buntings were at the Butt and the male was still feeding in gardens at Port of Ness. 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and at least 6 Great Tits singing in the castle grounds, with ca 30 Willow Warblers; also 2 Redwings and scattered Siskins totalling about 10 birds. 2cy Iceland Gull still in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: A Corncrake was heard calling by Loch nam Feithean. 7 Barnacle Geese are still off Aird an Runair. 30+ Long-tailed Ducks were off Malaclate.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning a Great Skua, 23 Puffins and 44 Kittiwakes flew south. A Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Whimbrel, 3 White Wagtails and 7 Wheatears also present. A Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Siskins and at least 4 Common Redpolls were at North Loch Eynort. 72 Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Garrynamonie. 32 Whimbrel were on the Range. Corncrakes were heard in Askernish and at Stoneybridge.

Barra: The 2nd summer Night Heron was showing well at Garrygall today. 30 Whimbrel were at Borve.

Marine Sightings: Between 5 and 7 Orcas passed Tiumpan Head early this morning.

Great Northern Diver Shoveler Whimbrel Great Northern Diver, Shovelers and Whimbrel (Bob McMillan)

 

1st May:

Lewis: 10 Whimbrel and a juvenile Iceland Gull were at the Butt. The Green-winged Teal was at Fivepenny. The Snow Bunting was still feeding in a garden in Port of Ness. 220+ Long-tailed Ducks were on Loch Branahuie.

North Uist: A pair of Pintail, 7 Black-tailed Godwits and 14 Whimbrel were on Baleshare this morning. A Corncrake was calling at Balemore this afternoon. A male Ruff was at Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: A male Blackcap is at Stilligarry. A Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Common Redpolls, 2 Siskins and a Cuckoo were in South Glendale. A Siskin and possible Greenland Redpoll were at North Loch Eynort today as well as several Cuckoos. 160 Whimbrel were in the Askernish area.

Barra: At leats 1 Night Heron is still in the Castlebay area although elusive.

Insects: A Common Heath moth was seen in Carinish today. 34 Brown Silver-line, 1 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 1 Early Tooth-striped, 1 Golden-rod Pug, 1 Puss Moth, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 3 Clouded Drab, 29 Red Chestnuts plus micros Agonopterix heracliana, Depressaria radiella, 2 Acleris hastiana, 5 Acleris hyemana and 1 Elachista canapennella were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Marine Sightings: 10 - 12 Orcas were off Tiumpan Head for ano hour mid-afternoon.

Early-tooth Striped Striped Twin-spot Carpet Night Heron - Barra
Early Tooth-striped and Striped Twin-spot Carpet (John Kemp); Night Heron (Bob McMillan)