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24th June:

North Uist: A Whitethroat was singing at Kallin this afternoon.

 

23rd June:

Lewis: A male Hen Harrier was seen on Barvas moor this morning.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was still on Hirta yesterday.

North Uist: The 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was still at Aird an Runair today.

Barra: The adult Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Borve in the afternoon.

Insects: 47 moths / 22 species were in South Glendale last night including an early Dotted Rustic along with a Dark Brocade, Purple Clay, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Straw Dot, 2 Spectacle and micro moths – 1 Diamond-back Moth, Eucosma campoliliana, Pseudotelphusa paripunctella and 4 Notocelia uddmanniana.

Fin Whale Dotted Rustic Notocelia uddmanniana
Fin Whale (Andy Williams); Dotted Rustic and Notocelia uddmanniana (John Kemp)

 

22nd June:

Marine Sightings: A Fin Whale was seen 60 nautical miles north-west of the Butt of Lewis today.

Black-throated Divers Red-throated Diver Short-eared Owl
Black-throated Divers, Red-throated Diver and Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

21st June:

Harris: The Rose-coloured Starling was in garden close to the pier in Tarbet again today.

North Uist: A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was at Aird an Runair this morning. 25 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on Baleshare.

Barra: The adult Rose-coloured Starling was on Borve machair again today; also 2 Whimbrel were at Cleat.

 

20th June:

Harris: A Rose-coloured Starling was in a garden in Tarbet (present since 18th June).

St. Kilda: A Lapland Bunting was seen on Hirta.

South Uist: Whitethroats were singing at North Loch Eynort and Druidibeg.

Barra: A Crossbill was seen in North Bay.

 

19th June:

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was on Malaclate machair this afternoon.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was seen on the machair at Borve again today.

 

18th June:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Cliff Beach, Uig this afternoon.

North Uist: 3 Ruff and 2 Black-tailed Gowits were seen at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Stoneybridge and an immature Glaucous Gull south of Ardivachar today.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Borve this morning.

 

17th June:

Lewis: An Osprey was seen at Garrynahine.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen on Hirta again today.

Harris: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen in Tarbet.

North Uist: A female Red-necked Phalarope flew south at Aird an Runair this afternoon.

Benbecula: A 2nd cy Iceland Gull was in Stinky Bay this morning.

South Uist: 231 Gannets, 7 Fulmars, 149 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Storm Petrels, 4 Great Northern Divers (7 N), 2 Red-throated Divers (2 N), 147 Razorbills, 123 Guillemots, 251 Auks sp. and 23 Kittiwakes flew south at Ardvule this morning; also 2 Whimbrel were present.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was at Borve and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Creachan.

Marine Sightings: 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardvule this morning.

Dusky Brocade Cuckoo and Stonechat Short-eared Owl, North Uist Pugsley's Marsh Orchid juvenile Short-eared Owl
Dusky Brocade (John Kemp); Cuckoo with Stonechat, Short-eared Owl and Pugsley's Marsh Orchid (Steve Duffield); juvenile Short-eared Owl (Andrew Wiltshire)

 

16th June:

North Uist: A Quail was calling near Loch Sandary yesterday evening.

South Uist: 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Ardvule; also 2 Whimbrel there.

 

15th June:

North Uist: A 2cy Glaucous Gull and male Ruff were at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 18 Guillemots, 9 Razorbills, 47 Auk sp., 39 Kittiwakes, 9 Fulmar and a Storm Petrel flew south at Ardvule this morning while birds heading north included 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and 62 Manx Shearwaters; a 2cy Glaucous Gull and 7 Whimbrel were also present. A male Marsh Harrier was seen north of Loch Hallan this afternoon; also a 2cy Iceland Gull on the shore there.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was seen to the south of the community hall on Vatersay today.

Glaucous Gull Guillemots Moonwort
Glaucous Gull and Guillemots (John Kemp); Moonwort (Steve Duffield)

 

14th June:

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper, a 2nd summer Glaucous Gull and an Iceland Gull were at Aird an Runair; also a female Red-necked Phalarope was seen along the shore.

South Uist: A southerly passage at Ardvule this morning included 8 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 403 Gannets, 124 Fulmars, 366 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, 61 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Skua, 57 Auk sp., 32 Guillemots and 25 Razorbills. Also present were 3 Whimbrel, 1 juv Iceland Gull and 36 Arctic Terns which included 16 2nd cy birds. A juvenile Iceland Gull was on the shore at Frobost. A Grasshopper Warbler was at West Kilbride 

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen amongst the rocks at Caolas, Vatersay this evening.

Great Northern Diver Iceland Gull Manx Shearwater
Great Northern Diver, Iceland Gull and Manx Shearwater (John Kemp)

 

13th June:

South Uist: 4 Whimbrel were off Balgarva and 4 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore Fiver.

 

12th June:

North Uist: The juvenile Iceland Gull and 2nd summer Glaucous Gull are still on the shore at Aird an Runair. A Glaucous Gull was reported from Kallin Harbour, Grimsay.

South Uist: A Spotted Flycatcher is in Askernish.

Corncrake, North Uist Golden Plover, Outer Hebrides Corncrake and Golden Plover (Steve Duffield)

 

11th June:

North Uist: A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull were seen at Aird an Runair this afternoon.

South Uist: 5 Great Northern Divers (2 S), 112 Gannets, 68 Auks sp, 44 Guillemots, 42 Razorbills, 16 Puffins, 22 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Fulmars, and a Great Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning. Also present a 2cy Iceland Gull, 2 Whimbrel. 2 Long-tailed Ducks were off Ardivachar.

Barra: 3 Crossbills were seen on the island today.

Teal with young Snipe Teal (Graham Forsyth); Snipe (John Kemp)

 

10th June:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff and around 4 Siskins were at Claddach Vallay. A Curlew Sandpiper was seen at Aird an Runair and 2 adult Iceland Gulls were reported from there; a 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was here later in the afternoon.

Insects: At North Loch Eynort last night 138 moths / 38 species of moth were caught which included a Saxon (first for Outer Hebrides), 1 Peacock Moth, 2 Clouded Border, 1 Pale-shouldered Brocade, 24 Poplar Hawk-moths, 2 Poplar Lute-string, 12 May Highflyers, 2 Ruddy Highflyers and 11 Buff-tip. Micro moths included an Epinotia tedella (2nd for Outer Hebrides), Lathronympha strigana, 5 Pandemis cerasana, 2 Notocelia uddmanniana and 2 Phiaris schulziana.

Saxon moth Peacock moth Clouded Border Epinotia tedella Curlew Sandpiper
Saxon, Peacock Moth, Clouded Border and Epinotia tedella (John Kemp); Curlew Sandpiper (Bob McMillan)

 

9th June:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen on Hirta.

North Uist: A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull, juvenile Iceland Gull and Little Stint were still on the shore at Aird an Runair today.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning a southerly passage of 84 Gannets (62 N), 37 Kittiwakes, 2 Great Northern Divers (2 N), 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Storm Petrels (1 N), 104 Auks sp. (35 N), aswell as a flock of 26 Common Scoter. Species north included 43 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Fulmars, 3 Arctic Skuas and a Black Guillemot. A Siskin was in South Glendale. A Sandwich Tern was off Ardivachar and a pair of Long-tailed Ducks were in North Bay.

Barra: A Common Rosefinch was seen on Vatersay.

Insects: 135 moths / 30 species were caught in South Glendale last night including 20 Narrow-winged Pugs, 2 Foxglove Pugs, 1 Grey Pug, 2 Common Pugs, 1 Dusky Brocade, 1 Small Angle Shades, 1 Poplar Hawk-moth, 1 Drinker and 1 Spectacle plus 4 Diamond-back Moths, 2 Elachista subalbidella, 3 Pleurota bicostella and 1 Aethes cnicana. In Carinish 35 species of moths were trapped including a Setaceous Hebrew Character, Dark Brocade and Ruby Tiger amongst others.

Lesser Redpoll Aethes cnicana Small Angle Shades Setaceous Hebrew Character
Lesser Redpoll (Graham Forsyth); Aethes cnicana and Small Angle Shades (John Kemp); Setaceous Hebrew Character (Steve Duffield)

 

8th June:

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, juvenile Iceland Gull and 2nd summer Glaucous Gull were on the shore at Aird an Runair this afternoon. 4 Crossbills and a Siskin were in Langass Wood. A Barn Owl was reported at Claddach Baleshare a couple of nights ago.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff were seen at Loch Mor this evening.

South Uist: 2 Long-tailed Ducks were on North Bay. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Kilpheder.

Curlew Sandpiper juvenile Goldfinch Bactra furfurana
Curlew Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Goldfinch and Bactra furfurana (John Kemp)

 

7th June:

Lewis: A 2nd summer Iceland Gull flew past the Butt. A Curlew Sandpiper was seen at Loch Ordais, Bragar.

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper was at Aird an Runair this morning. A Wood Sandpiper was reported from Loch na Paisg, Baleshare. A Grasshopper Warbler was seen at Balemore. A Pink-footed Goose was seen on Berneray today.

South Uist: 67 Auks flew north at Ardvule this morning along with 17 Puffins (4S), 85 Gannets (56S), 1 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmars and a Great Skua and 2 Red-throated Divers flew south. At least 11 Great Northern Divers on the sea. A Whimbrel was also present. A female flava Wagtail was seen at Ardivachar. A juvenile Iceland Gull was seen at Orasay.

Insects: 162 moths / 36 species were caught in South Glendale last night including 1 May Highflyer, 1 Brimstone Moth, 1 Grey Pine Carpet, 1 Heart & Dart, 1 Spectacle and a Cinnabar. Micro moths included 14 Anania fuscalis, Elachista subalbidella, Aethes cnicana and Pleurota bicostella. 3 Argent & Sable moths were seen along the start of the Ruabhal track, Benbecula this morning.

Cinnibar Moth Heart & Dart Pleurota bicostella Cinnibar, Heart & Dart and Pleurota bicostella (John Kemp)

 

6th June:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull, 2nd summer Glaucous Gull, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 2 Little Stints were seen at Aird an Runair. A Ruff was at Loch na Reivil, Hougarry. A Redwing was at Callernish.

Benbecula: A drake Garganey was on Coot Loch this evening.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull and 4 Whimbrel were at Ardvule.

 

5th June:

Lewis: A Whinchat is still near Leurbost.

Harris: An Osprey was seen in Glen Meavaig, early afternoon. A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Borsham, Bays of Harris today.

North Uist: A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull were at Aird an Runair today. A Rose-coloured Starling was reported from Balranald this morning.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardvule and 6 Great Norther Divers flew north; also 3 Whimbrel were present.

Barra: 3 Crossbills flew north over Brevig and 3 Spotted Flycatchers were on the island.

Insects: 2 May Highflyers, 2 Fox Moths, 1 Grey Scalloped Bar, 7 Diamond-back Moths and single Rhopobota stagnana, Ancylis unguicella, Caloptilia stigmatella and 7 Anania fuscalis were caught in South Glendale last night.

Iceland Gull Ancylis unguicella Iceland Gull and Ancylis unguicella (John Kemp)

 

4th June:

Lewis: 2 Curlew Sandpipers were at Loch Ordais and a White-billed Diver was offshore before flying west.

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper, 2nd summer Glaucous Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull were at Aird an Runair.

Benbecula: A drake Garganey, 2 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redpoll were in Askernish.

Barra: A singing male Reed Warbler was at Creachan; also a Siskin.

 

3rd June:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Aird an Runair around midday.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull was at Stoneybridge. A Curlew Sandpiper and 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull were at Ardvule.

Insects: A Buff-tip and Ancylis geminana were caught in South Glendale last night. Good numbers of the migrant Silver Y and Diamond-back Moths are throughout the islands.

Curlew Sandpiper Ancylis geminana Buff-tip Curlew Sandpiper, Ancylis geminana and Buff-tip (John Kemp)

 

2nd June:

North Uist: A drake Garganey was seen on Loch na Paisg, Baleshare today.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff were at Stinky Bay / Loch Mor and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were in the same area.

South Uist: A Little Stint was at Smerclate this morning.

Barra: A Common Rosefinch was seen at Brevig.

Insects: 4 Argent & Sable, 2 Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Broom Moth, 2 Silver Y and a Glaucous Shears were in South Glendale today.

Little Stint Little Stint Little Stint (John Kemp)

 

1st June:

St. Kilda: A Black-headed Wagtail was on Hirta.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Mor.

Barra: An Icterine Warbler was at Creachan.

Insects: 583 moths / 48 species of moth were caught in South Glendale last night which included 132 Brown Silver-line, 1 Water Carpet, 3 Scalloped Hazel, 3 Brimstone Moths, 91 Narrow-winged Pugs, 15 Satyr Pugs, 8 Common Pugs, 13 Grey Pugs, 4 Foxglove Pugs, 1 Grey Scalloped Bar, 6 Fox Moths, 26 Knot Grass, 29 Broom Moths, 1 Spectacle, 2 Puss Moths, 1 Silver Y, 21 Diamond-back Moths, 3 Pseudotelphusa paripunctella, 1 Aspilapteryx tringipennella, 1 Agonopterix subpropinquella, 7 Crambus lathoniellus, 14 Anania fuscalis, 2 Syndemis musculana and 21 Neofaculta ericetella. On Eriskay 136 moths / 30 species were recorded which included a Small Chocolate-tip, 1 Dark Brocade, 1 Campion, 1 Thyme Pug, 17 Diamond-back Moths, 1 Carpatolechia notatella, 17 Ancylis subarcuana, 3 Ancylis geminana and a Falseuncaria ruficiliana.

Silver Y Small Chocolate-tip Thyme Pug Water Carpet
Silver-Y (Graham Forsyth); Small Chocolate-tip, Thyme Pug and Water Carpet (John Kemp)