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31st August:

Harris: A Rose-coloured Starling is at Scarista Mhor and has been seen intermittently there for the past 3 weeks.

 

30th August:

North Uist: 2 juvenile Ruff were on Baleshare today.

Benbecula: An Osprey was seen over Liniclate this morning.

 

29th August:

North Uist: 50+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch na Reivil, Hougharry; 40 were at Balranald and 6 were on Baleshare.

Barra: The Barred Warbler was still at Nask today.

Marine Sightings: Around 50 Common Dolphins and 20 Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head today.

 

28th August:

Barra: A Barred Warbler was at Nask this morning.

Marine Sightings: 11 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiiumpan Head in the afternoon.

 

27th August:

Lewis: 20 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry.

 

26th August:

Benbecula: An Osprey flew south, to the east of Peter's Port at 16:00.

Barra: Presumably the same Osprey as off Benbecula was seen in Brevig this evening before it continued south.

Insects: Moths trapped in Loch Eynort lasy night included 2 Barred Chestnut, Acleris rhombana and Epinotia immundana.

Marine Sightings: A Sunfish was seen between St. Kilda and Harris today.

 

25th August:

Lewis: 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew past the Butt this morning.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still on Hirta.

 

24th August:

Lewis: 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 20 Storm Petrels were seen from the Butt of Lewis this morning. A Canada Goose was seen near the Butt at Loch Stiapabhat.

South Uist: A Tree Sparrow was seen in Askernish.

Insects: A Dotted Rustic was caught at Ardvule last night.

Marine Sightings: A Fin Whale was reported as moving north past Tiumpan Head at 15:45.

 

23rd August:

Marine Sightings: 2 Humpback Whales, between 4 - 6 Minke Whales, over 100 Common Dolphins, 20 Risso's Dolphins and 40 - 50 Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head today.

 

22nd August:

Marine Sightings: Around 100 Common Dolphins and 20 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

21st August:

Benbecula: 13 Black-tailed Godwits were just inland of Stinky Bay.

Marine Sightings: Small numbers of Risso's Dolphins were seen heading south off Tiumpan Head this morning; also a distant Minke Whale to the west of there.

 

20th August:

North Uist: 42 Black-tailed Godwits were in a recently cut field by Loch Sandary.

Sedge Warbl er, Outer Hebrides Sedge Warbler (Ted Smithies)

 

19th August:

Ullapool - Stornoway: A Long-tailed Skua, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 20 Storm Petrels were seen from the ferry today.

Insects: 795 moths and 47 species were trapped in Carinish last night including a Barred Red, 2 Pink-barred Sallow, a Hedge Rustic and a Northern Deep Brown Dart amongst many others.

Agrphila selasella Barred Red Pink-barred Sallow Agriphila selasella, Barred Red and Pink-barred Sallow (Steve Duffield)

 

18th August:

Ullapool - Stornoway: A Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua, Sooty Shearwater and 5 Storm Petrels were seen from the ferry today.

Benbecula: A Turtle Dove was seen at Balivanich airport.

South UIst: A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was seen off Hebridean Jewellery at high tide.

 

16th August:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still on Hirta.

North Uist: 13 Black-tailed Godwits were on Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: A juvenile Cuckoo and Whitethroat were in South Glendale.

juvenile Cuckoo, South Uist Cuckoo (John Kemp)

 

15th August:

Barra: An adult Long-tailed Skua and 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Aird a Chaolais, Vatersay in a 3 hour watch this afternoon.

Marine Sightings: Around 20 Risso's Dolphins and 4 Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head today.

Corn Bunting with caterpillars Corn Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

14th August:

Marine Sightings: 2 Minke Whales and at least 6 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

13th August:

South Uist: A southerly passage at Ardvule this morning of 2 Red-throated Divers, 312 Gannets, 57 Fulmars, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 508 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Storm Petrels, 7 Black Guillemots, 2 Great Skuas, 10 Kittiwakes, 1 Common Scoter; also present 2 Whimbrel.

Barra: A Carrion Crow was at Allasdale. 2,600 Manx Shearwaters and 4 Sooty Shearwaters flew south off the west side of Vatersay early afternoon.

Carrion Crow, Barra Carrion Crow (Steve Duffield)

 

12th August:

Harris: A Rose-coloured Starling was at Scarista.

North Uist: 5 Black-tailed Godwits were at Paible.

Benbecula: 20 Black-tailed Godwits were at Borve.

Barra: 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Brevig in the afternoon.

 

11th August:

Benbecula: A juvenile Ruff was in Stinky Bay this morning.

South Uist: A Swift was at Ardivachar this morning.

juvenile Ruff Swift Ruff and Swift (Steve Duffield)

 

10th August:

Lewis: A Leach's Petrel, immature Pomarine Skua, 4 Sooty Shearwaters and 10 Storm Petrels were reported from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry today.

Marine Sightings: 2 Minke Whales and 20 Common Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head today. At least 4 Harbour Porpoise were off Balranald.

 

9th August:

Barra: A Honey Buzzard flew north over North Bay early morning.

Marine Sightings: 7 White-sided Dolphins (6 adults and a calf) were in Stonorway inner harbour this morning.

 

8th August:

South Uist: A female / juvenile Marsh Harrier flew south along the coast at Orosay at 15:10.

Marine Sightings: 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Orosay this afternoon. A pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins were in Loch Euphort early afternoon.

Insects: A Peacock butterfly was at Cheese Bay and a Painted Lady was in Lochmaddy.

Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Loch Euphort, North Uist Bottle-nosed Dolphins (Steve Duffield)

 

7th August:

Lewis: An Iceland Gull was reported at the Butt plus 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew past.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still in Hirta.

North Uist: An immature Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary. 2 Green Sandpipers were at Claddach Vallay.

Emerald Damselfly, Outer Hebrides Emerald Damselfly (Steve Duffield)

 

6th August:

Barra: A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Cleat in the evening.

Lesser Redpolll Lesser Redpoll (Rhodri Evans)

 

5th August:

Barra: A Cory's Shearwater flew south past Brevig mid-afternoon and a Sooty Shearwater was also seen.

Marine Sightings: 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen off the Butt of Lewis this afternoon. 4 Minke Whales, 4 Risso's Dolphins and 4 Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

4th August:

North Uist: 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 8 Storm Petrels were seen on the crossing between Uig - Lochmaddy this evening.

Marine Sightings: 22 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moved south off Tiumpan Head late morning.

Sooty Shearwater in the Minch Sooty Shearwater (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd August:

Marine Sightings: 3 Minke Whales, a mixed pod of Common and White-beaked Dolphins and a pod of 4 Risso's Dolphins with 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Insects: A Gothic was trapped in South Glendale yesterday.

juvenile Little Tern, South Uist Gothic, Outer Hebrides juvenile Little Tern and Gothic (John Kemp)

 

2nd August:

North Uist: An adult Long-tailed Skua was seen heading south-westwards from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry around midday.

 

1st August:

South Uist: An Osprey was seen at Druidibeg.

Marine Sightings: 2 breaching Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning; also an additional Minke Whale, 6 Risso's Dolphins and 2 small pods of Common Dolphins.