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20th September:

Lewis: A Willow Warbler was in the lighthouse compound at the Butt this morning. A Lapland Bunting was seen on the coast at Melbost.

North Uist: A total of 6 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were on Baleshare today. A Spotted Redshank was at Vallay Strand today.

South Uist: 267 Gannets, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Great Northern Divers, 9 Red-throated Divers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 juvenile Arctic Terns, 11 Kittiwakes, 10 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot and a juvenile Puffin flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A single Yellow-browed Warbler was on the island today.

juvenile Arctic Tern Great Northern Diver Arctic Tern and Great Northern Diver (John Kemp)

 

19th September:

Lewis: A Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua and a Bonxie were flew south off the Butt. A Lapland Bunting was over Galson moorland. 2 Lapland Buntings flew over the beach at Barvas.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Brevig in the morning.

Marine Sightings: 5 Risso's Dolphins were off the Butt this morning.

 

18th September:

Lewis: 7 Lapland Buntings are still at the Butt and 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew past.

Harris: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Luskentyre this morning; a Velvet Scoter was with 150+ Common Scoters in the Sound of Taransay and 2 Arctic Terns.

North Uist: 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were seen on Baleshare this afternoon. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Callernish

Marine Sightings: 12 Risso's Dolphins were off the Butt this morning.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Baleshare Buff-breasted Sandpiper (John McInnes)

 

17th September:

Lewis: 7 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt. A Redwing was in Habost, Ness. 2 juvenile Hen Harriers and 2 Ruff were at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A male Crossbill and 7 Siskins were in Langass Wood this morning. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were on Baleshare. An Osprey flew south over Langass and a juvenile Cuckoo was present.

South Uist: A Lapland Bunting was at Kilpheder.

Barra: The American Redstart is still in the Sycamores behind the church in Eoligarry.

Marine Sightings: At least 2 groups of Risso's Dolphins were betweem Port of Ness and the Butt this morning with at least 14 individuals involved and 6 were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry just out of Stornoway.

Insects: A Peacock butterfly was in South Glendale. Red Admirals were seen in Port of Ness and by Loch Stiapabhat. 44 moths / 13 species were trapped in South Glendale including 2 Red-line Quakers, 2 Angle Shades, 1 Brindled Ochre, 1 Black Rustic, 2 Heath Rustic, 1 Chevron and an Acleris effractana.

Greenshank Peacock Black Rustic Brindled Ochre
Greenshank, Peacock, Black Rustic and Brindled Ochre (John Kemp)

 

16th September:

Lewis: 3 Leach's Petrels and a Pomarine Skua were seen on the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry today. 15 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Branahuie.

Benbecula: 44 Black-tailed Gowits and 3 Ruff were on the west side of Loch Mor. A Ruff was at Aird.

South Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Ormiclate. The Semipalmated Sandpiper was seen at Balgarva this afternoon. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the Range with 160 Golden Plover. 9 Siskins were at North Loch Eynort. The Pied Flycatcher is still in Askernish.

Barra: The American Redstart is still at Eoligarry.

Marine Sightings: Several Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry on either side of the Minch.

Buff-tip caterpillar Coxcomb Prominent caterpillar Buff-tip and Coxcomb Prominent caterpillars (John Kemp)

 

15th September:

Lewis: 28 Sooty Shearwaters past the Butt today. The American Golden Plover was by Loch Shawbost this afternoon before flying off. 28 Leach's Petrels and a juvenile Sabine's Gull were seen from the Stonorway - Ullapool ferry.

North Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 3 Ruff and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were on Baleshare. 2 Ruff were at Hosta and 14 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary.

Benbecula: A Great Crested Grebe and 46 Black-tailed Godwits were at Coot Loch.

South Uist: The Semipalmated Sandpiper was at Balgarva again today. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Bornish. A Pied Flycatcher was at Askernish.

Barra: The American Redstart is still in the Sycamores behind the church in Eoligarry.

 

14th September:

Lewis: An adult American Golden Plover was with Golden Plover on the beach at the to the south of Loch a' Bhaile, Tolsta Chaolais today. 250 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east over Borve this afternoon. 2 Sooty Shearwaters past the Butt. An adult American Golden Plover was on the shore at Loch Shawbost. A Leach's Petrel was seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry. 20 Black-tailed Gowits were at Loch Branahuie.

North Uist: A Lapland Bunting, 6 Pintail, 49 Black-tailed Gowits and around 10 Ruff were on Baleshare this morning. 200 Pink-footed Geese dropped in on the North Ford between Carinish and Balivanich this evening.

South Uist: 100 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Askernish this afternoon. A Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and 2 Ruff were seen between Loch Hallan and Askernish today. 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were at Aird-mhicheil.

Barra: The American Redstart is still in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry.

juvenile Black-tailed Godwits Snipe Lapland Bunting Black-tailed Godwits, Snipe and Lapland Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

13th September:

North Uist: Around 20 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Sandary. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 18 Ruff and 39 Black-tailed Godwits were on Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: The Semipalmated Sandpiper was seen again this morning at Balgarva, east of the thatched cottage. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on Ormiclate machair along with a Ruff. 92 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 30+ Redpolls were at North Loch Eynort.

Barra: The American Redstart is still present in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry.

Insects: A Painted Lady was at Balranald today.

Semipalmated Sandpiper Ruff Semipalmated Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper (John Kemp); Ruff (Steve Duffield); Semipalmated Sandpiper (John McInnes)

 

12th September:

North Uist: 2 Ruff were by Loch Sandary. 42 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Ruff were on Baleshare. A Lesser Whitethroat was seen at Callernish.

South Uist: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was again on the roadside pools at Balgarva this morning before flying off towards the South Ford. The male Velvet Scoter is now off Peninerine.

Barra: The American Redstart is still in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry, viewed from the south side. A Yellow-browed Warbler is at Ardmhor plantation.

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Balgarva Semipalmated Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides male Velvet Scoter, South Uist American Redstart
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Velvet Scoter (John Kemp); American Redstart (John McInnes)

 

11th September:

Lewis: 20 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Branahuie today.

Benbecula: 8 Ruff were at Torlum.

South Uist: A juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was on the roadside pools at Balgarva this morning. 35 Black-tailed Godwits were at Grogarry. A Leach's Petrel and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Oban - Barra ferry. A Green Sandpiper was at Loch Fada this afternoon.

Barra: The American Redstart is still in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry and veiwable from the south side.

Semipalmated Sandpiper with Dunlin Semipalmated Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper with Dunlin (Bob McMillan); Semipalmated Sandpiper (Andy Williams)

 

10th September:

Benbecula: 4 Ruff are with Golden Plover at Torlum. Around 30 Black-tailed Godwits are at Griminish.

South Uist: 100 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Ruff were at Bornish this evening. 465 Gannets, 46 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and 2 Arctic Terns flew south at Ardvule this morning while 5 Golden Plover and a Purple Sandpiper came in off sea.

Barra: The American Redstart is still showing in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry although elusive in the wet conditions.

Marine Sightings: 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardvule in the morning.

 

9th September:

Lewis: 9 Arctic Skuas, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 3 Storm Petrels were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry off Stornoway.

North Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Lapland Bunting were at Traigh Eachcamias, Baleshare. A Sooty Shearwater and 2 Arctic Skuas were seen from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry.

South Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Frobost but flew off to the north. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at Ormiclate, also 2 Lapland Buntings there. 86 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Ruff on the machair by West Loch Ollay.

Barra: The American Redstart is still in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry.

Marine Sightings: 15 Harbour Porpoise and around 30 Common Dolphins were seen from the Ullapool - Stronoway ferry. 2 Risso's Dolphins and around 30 Common Dolphins were seen from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry.

Sooty Shearwater Sooty Shearwater (Andy Williams)

 

 

8th September:

Lewis: Sooty Shearwater and Little Gull past Gallan Head today, plus a Lapland Bunting present. A juvenile Sabine's Gull and Leach's Petrel were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry.

North Uist: 2 Leach's Petrels and a Grey Phalarope were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning.

Barra: The American Redstart was showing well again today in the Sycamores behind the church in Eoligarry.

Insects: 4 Red Admirals were in a garden at Carnan today.

American Redstart, Barra American Redstart American Redstart American Redstart American Redstart, Barra 2017 American RedstartAmerican Redstart (Steve Duffield)

 

7th September:

South Uist: 23 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Tern and 14 Whimbrel flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: An American Redstart was found this evening in the Sycamores behind the church at Eoligarry,

 

 

6th September:

North Uist: The Wood Sandpiper was on Loch Sandary again this morning. 3 Leach's Petrels, 46 Brent Geese and 12+ Whimbrel flew south off Aird an Runair in a 40 minute watch early this afternoon; also 13 Common Scoters and a Pomarine Skua south here in the morning. The Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Traigh Eachcamais again this evening.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 128 Gannets, 32 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Leach's Petrels, 12 Common Scoter, 31 Pale-bellied Brents and 8 Whimbrel flew south. Also 2 Ruff present. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were still on Ormiclate machair along with 3 Ruff. 7 Ruff and 30 Black-tailed Godwits were at Kildonan.

3 Red Admirals were at Langass Lodge.

Leach's Petrel Leach's Petrel Goose Barnacles By-the-wind-sailor
Leach's Petrel (John Kemp); Goose Barnacles and By-the-wind-sailor (Martin Gillingham)

 

5th September:

Lewis: 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were 500m west of the Butt lighthouse before flying off. A Swift was also around the Butt for an hour in the morning. A Pied Flycatcher was in Port of Ness in the evening.2 Pectoral Sandpipers were on the saltmarsh at Steinish this morning. A juvenile Black Tern was seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry this afternoon. 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, a Little Gull and Leach's Petrel past Gallan Head today.

North Uist: A Wood Sandpiper was on Loch Sandary today along with a Ruff and 27 Black-tailed Godwits. A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Baleshare.

South Uist: A male Velvet Scoter was off Aird-mhicheil this morning. A juvenile Sabine's Gull and 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew south at Ardvule this morning; also 12 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 212 Gannets, 242 Manx Shearwaters, 68 Fulmars, 2 Arctic Terns, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and 5 Whimbrel flew past. At least 80 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Tornish. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were on Ormiclate machair again today. A Leach's Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and an Arctic Skua past Ardvule (17:15 - 18:00). 2 Green Sandpipers were seen in the Balgarva area.

Insects: A Painted Lady was at Paible and another 2 were at Clachan Sands. A Red Admiral was at Hosta.

Sparrowhawk Buff-breasted Sandpiper Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Butt of Lewis Buff-breasted Sandpipers Velvet Scoter Great Northern Diver
Sparrowhawk (Graham Forsyth); Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tony Marr); Velvet Scoter (Steve Duffield); Great Northern Diver (John Kemp)

 

4th September:

South Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper was at the south-west end of Loch Bee. At Ardvule this morning a Great Skua, Arctic Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 57 Manx Shearwaters and 542 Gannets flew south while a Whimbrel was present. A Green Sandpiper was on the small pool opposite the Hebridean Jewellery turning late afternoon and 115 Grey Plover were on the South Ford. A Hudsonian Whimbrel was reported flying in off the sea at Ormiclate and then south over Bornish machair this evening; also 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Ormiclate.

Insects: 2 Red Admirals were in a garden in South Glendale and 3 were at 7 Carinish.

Arctic Skua Pebble Prominent caterpillar Arctic Skua and Pebble Prominent (John Kemp)

 

3rd September:

South Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper was on the Range at Kilaulay this afternoon. 2 Green Sandpipers were reported from Eochar by Hebridean Jewellery.

 

 

2nd September:

North Uist: A Lapland Bunting was at Rushgarry, Berneray this morning and 3 Common Scoters were off the west shore. 2 Ruff and around 15 Black-tailed Godwits were at Sollas. A Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and a few Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary. A Lapland Bunting flew over Loch Paible this morning.

Insects: 344 moths and 21 species were caught at Eochar last night including 4 Haworth's Minor and 48 Smalll Wainscots amongst others. On Eriskay 180 moths / 32 species were trapped last night including 3 Mouse Moth, 1 Scotch Annulet, 3 Neglected Rustic, 2 Northern Deep-brown Dart, 3 Agonopterix ciliella, 2 Agonopterix yeatiana, 3 Depressaria badiella, 2 Cnephasia conspersana, 1 Eana penziana, 1 Acleris effractana and 2 Acleris aspersana. In South Glendale 733 moths / 42 species were caught which including 733 Ear Moth agg., 4 Arran Carpet, 7 Neglected Rustic, 1 Small Autumnal Moth, 1 Beautiful Golden Y and micro moths Gracillaria syringella, Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Mompha locupletella, Eana penziana, Depressaria radiella, Cnephasia conspersana, Scrobipalpa samadensis, Acleris effractana, Acleris variegana, Acleris aspersana, Eudonia angustea.

Wood Sandpiper Wood Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

1st September:

North Uist: 2 probably 3 Lapland Buntings are by the coastal car park at Balranald this morning. 2 Pectoral Sandpipers were on Baleshare at Traigh Eachcamais around midday.

South Uist: Around 150 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Ruff were by Loch Bornish. 140 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Ruff were at Kildonan.

Insects: 21 species of moth were trapped in Carinish last night including a Sallow and a Red-line Quaker. A Painted Lady was seen near the Balranald campsite. 263 moths and 15 species were trapped by Loch Druidibeg including 195 Ear Moths agg., 18 Heath Rustic, 15 Neglected Rustic, 5 Autumnal Rustic, 1 Pink-barred Sallow, 5 Chestnut-coloured Carpet, 1 Small Autumnal Moth, 1 Haworth's Minor and 2 Northern Deep-brown Darts. In South Glendale 142 moths / 19 species which included 84 Ear Moth agg., 3 Northern Deep-brown Darts, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Lunar Underwing, 12 Autumnal Rustics, 3 Heath Rustic, 4 Neglected Rustic, 1 Mouse Moth and 1 Pink-barred Sallow.

Garden Tiger Red-line Quaker Sallow Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Lunar Underwing
Garden Tiger, Red-line Quaker and Sallow (Steve Duffield); Pectoral Sandpiper (Bob McMillan); Lunar Underwing (John Kemp)