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31st October:

Lewis: 11 Snow Buntings were at the Butt and 4 were at Port of Ness cemetery.

North Uist: A drake American Wigeon was seen at Loch Aileodair this morning. A Woodcock was in Carinish.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs was on the Range just south of Ardivachar. At least 3 White-rumped Sandpipers are at Ardivachar. A White-rumped Sandpiper was seen opposite Oronsay. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at LA2. 25-30 Siskins and a Woodcock were at North Loch Eynort. A Chiffchaff was at South Loch Eynort.

Snow Buntings Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Pectoral Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper
Snow Buntings (Andy Williams), Lesser Yellowlegs (JOe Newman); Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

30th October:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was seen at Eoropie and a Wheatear was at the Butt. 2 Woodcocks and 5 Feildfare were in Suoth Dell. A Sooty Shearwater was seen a couple of miles east of Stornoway.

Harris: A drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay along with 220 Common Scoters, 225 Eiders, 130 Long-tailed Ducks and 21 Slavonian Grebes. 4 Snow Buntings were in the dunes at Luskentyre.

North Uist: 40 - 50 Fieldfares flew south-east over Carinish this morning. 22 Fieldfares flew south-east over Scotvein, Grimsay this morning. 7 Two-barred Crossbills were at Langass Wood again today along with 200+ Siskins, 2 Bramblings and 2 Fieldfare. A juvenile dark-bellied Brent Goose, juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose, 2 Pink-footed Geese and a Canada Goose were seen along with 835 Barnacle Geese and 369 Greylags on Berneray today.

Benbecula: A Black Redstart was seen at Balivanich hospital today.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen on pool at the north end of the Range. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at LA2. A Scaup, 43 Long-tailed Ducks and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were seen at Ardvule today; also a Common Scoter flew south there. A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar.

Barra: 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs were on the island today. The Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tangasdale. The 2nd yr Iceland Gull was at Craigston. A Tree Sparrow was seen again today along with 80 Fieldfare.

Marine Sightings: 30 Common Dolphins were seen off Lochmaddy in the morning.

Two-barred Crossbilll male Two-barred Crossbill, Outer Hebrides Two-barred Crossbiills Merlin White-tailed Eagles
Two-barred Crossbills (Steve Duffield); Merlin and White-tailed Eagles (John Kemp)

Lesser Yellowlegs White-rumped Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs and White-rumped Sandpiper (Bob McMillan)

 

29th October:

Ullapool - Stornoway: 6 Bonxies and around 420 Kittiwakes were seen from the ferry this afternoon.

Harris: 6 Waxwings and 6 Snow Buntings were reported flying over Beinn Dubh near luskentyre today.

North Uist: 7 Two-barred Crossbills were at Langass Wood this morning; also around 70 Siskins and a Brambling. 40+ Fieldfare flew south at Langass and around 100 dropped in for a while before heading south. A Kinfisher was in Lochmaddy; also 50 Siskins, a Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap.

South Uist: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar. A Tree Sparrow was in South Glendale.

Barra: A Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tangasdale. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Castlebay. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Creachan. 6 Woodcock and 120+ Siskins were on the island.

Marine Sightings: 9 Common Dolphins and 3 Harbour Porpoise were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry this afternoon.

Twio-barred Crossbill, Outer Hebrides male Two-barred Crossbill Two-barred Crossbills Common Dolphins, Outer Hebrides Harbour Porpoise
Two-barred Crossbills (Steve Duffield); Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise (Andy Williams)

female Two-barred Crossbill Tree Sparrow juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper
Two-barred Crossbill, Tree Sparrow and White-rumped Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

28th October:

Lewis: 11 Waxwings were in Stornoway.

North Uist: 5 Two-barred Crossbills and at last 200 Siskins were in Langass Wood today.

South Uist: A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardvule; also 3 Black-tailed Godwits there and a Common Scoter flew south.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Castlebay. A Waxwing was at Nasg. A Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 12 Common Redpolls and 2 Siskins were at Creachan.

White-rumped Sandpiper, Ardvule White-tailed Eagle, Outer Hebrides White-rumped Sandpiper and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)

 

27th October:

Lewis: 2 Snow Buntings were seen at the Butt. 15 Waxwings were seen feeding on an apple tree in Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway today. 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen at Loch Ordais today.

North Uist: The Snow Goose was seen at Knockintorran today.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Castlebay still. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Eoligarry and another was at Creachan.

Greenland White-fronted Geese White-fronted Geese (Tristan ap Rheinallt)

 

26th October:

North Uist: A Snow Goose was amongst the Greylags on the machair at Balermore this afternoon; also a Pink-footed Goose there.

South Uist: Birds heading south at Ardvule today included 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 24 Long-tailed Duck, 20 Wigeon, 78 Kittiwakes while 2 Pale-bellied Brent and 7 Barnacle Geese flew north. Also present today 1 female Scaup, 1 female Gadwall and 2 Lapland Buntings.

Lapland Bunting Lapland Bunting, Outer Hebrides Snow Goose, Outer Hebrides Lapland Buntings (John Kemp); Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

25th October:

Lewis: A Swallow was seen by Lews Castle, Stornoway today.

S. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen in the village on Hirta; also 30 Snow Buntings were on the island.

North Uist: A Snow Goose was seen at Loch Paible today.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs and at least 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivachar this morning. A Leach's Petrel flew south at Ardvule this morning along with 8 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers and 88 Kittiwakes. A Little Egret was seen on the loch by Hebridean Jewellery this morning.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Castlebay. A Tree Sparrow was at Brevig. 5 Bramblings, a Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcaps were at Creachan.

 

24th October:

Lewis: 42 Waxwings were seen in Stornoway. 20 Whooper Swans were on Loch Ordais. 6 Snow Buntings were at Labost. 7 Snow Buntings and 275 Redwings were at the Butt.

Harris: 5 Whooper Swans were seen at Loch Miavaig, North Harris.

North Uist: 24 Whooper Swans flew south over Carinish this afternoon.

South UIst: A Lesser Yellowlegs and 7 White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivachar. A White-rumped Sandpiper was also in North Bay. 36 Whooper Swans flew south through South Glendale this evening. 52 Gannets, 10 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 16 Kittiwakes, 25 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Long-tailed Duck and 6 Gadwall flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Red-breasted Flycatcher and 2 Waxwings were seen in Castlebay this morning.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Ardivachar juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs, Outer Hebrides White-rumped Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Waxwings, Stornoway
Lesser Yellowlegs and White-rumped Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Waxwings (Tristan ap Rheinallt)

 

23rd October:

Lewis: 60+ Whooper Swans are on the flooded machair north of Loch Stiapabhat today.

Harris: 4 Whooper Swans were seen near Laxdale today.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck and 15 Whooper Swans were at Tangasdale. The Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

 

22nd October:

Lewis: A White-rumped Sandpiper was seen on the roadside pools near the Butt at 12:50 but had moved on by mid-afternoon. 165 Redwings were at the Butt today. 7 Bramblings were in South Dell.

South Uist: 8 White-rumped Sandpiper were seen at Ardivachar this afternoon.

Barra: 2 Waxwings were briefly at Brevig. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Creachan and the Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale.

White-rumped Sandpiper, Butt of Lewis White-rumped Sandpiper (Tony Marr)

 

21st October:

Lewis: 32 Snow Buntings (in 2 flocks) flew south past the Butt between 12:20 and 12:30.

North UIst: The Cackling Geese pair were south of Loch Paible today.

South Uist: 11 White-rumped Sandpipers and a Pectoral Sandpiper were reported from Ardivachar.

Insects: 3 Angle Shades, 5 Brindled Ochre, 5 Small Wainscot and a Pearly Underwing were trapped in South Glendale last night. An Acleris hyemana, Blastobasis lacticolella, 9 Grey Pine Carpet, 1 Autumn Green Carpet, 2 Red Sword-grass and an Angle Shades were caught at Loch Eynort.

Acleris hyemana, Outer Hebrides Pearly Underwing, Outer Hebrides Acleris hyemana and Pearly Underwing (John Kemp)

 

20th October:

Lewis: A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Loch Ordais this morning.

North Uist: 28 Whooper Swans were on Oban a Chlachain. 24 Whooper Swans flew south at Claddach Baleshare. A Brambling and Common Redpoll were in Carinish.

Bnebecula: A female Blackcap and 70 Redwings were in a garden at Torlum. 35 - 40 Whooper Swans dropped in at Linniclate late morning.

South Uist: 7 White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivachar this morning. 2 Lapland Buntings were seen at West Gerinish. A Waxwing, 5 Fieldfares, a Ring Ouzel, Treecreeper, 10 Bramblings and 2 Chiffchaff were seen at North Loch Eynort. 4 Waxwings were seen in Lochboisdale early evening. 3 Bramblings and 2 Blackaps were in Bornish.

Barra: The juvenile Ring-necked Duck is still at Tangasdale. 85 Fieldfare were on the island.

juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper, Lewis White-rumped Sandpiper (Tristan ap Rheinallt)

 

19th October:

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was seen at Loch Paible amongst Barnacle Geese; also Snow Goose present.

South Uist: 11 White-rumped Sandpipers were seen at Ardivachar at high tide this morning. A Pectoral Sandpiper was on the Range at LA2. A Little Egret was on the South Ford and later, Loch Bee. 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were at Kilpheder. A Yellow-browed Warbler, Treecreeper, around 10 Barmblings and Ca. 40 - 50 Fieldfare were at North Loch Eynort. 40 Fieldfares were seen at Druidibeg where 7 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east and 20 Barnacle Geese flew south this morning.

Brambling Little Egret Treecreeper, Uist White-rumped Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides White-rumped Sandpiper, South UIst White-rumped Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Brambling, Little Egret, Treecreeper and White-rumped Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

18th October:

Lewis: A Waxwing was in Port of Ness. 8 Snow Buntings were seen at Tiumpan Head.

North UIst: A Snow Goose, Jack Snipe and Swallow were at Rubh' Arnal / Balemore. A Chiffchaff and Blackcap were at Knockintorran. A Fieldfare were at Langass Lodge. A Wheatear was on the north side of Grimsay this morning. A Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler were in Lochmaddy. 30+ Barnacle Geese flew south and 24 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east over Carinish this evening.

South Uist: A 1st winter Red-breasted Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, 6 Bramblings and 150 Redwings were in Bornish. A female Blackcap and 8 Feildfare were in South Glendale. 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were seen at Ardivachar.

Barra: At least 8 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on the island today. The Red-breasted Flycatcher is still at Morghan; also 11 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Insects: 6 Silver-Y moths were caught in Carinish last night.

6 Otters Chiffchaff, Outer Hebrides Swallow Otters (John Kemp); Chiffchaff and Swallow (Steve Duffield)

 

17th October:

Lewis: A Swallow was seen in Ness today. 11 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. 5 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and a Brambling were at Port of Ness. 2 Bramblings were at Eoropie. 3 Whooper Swans, 24 Barnacle Geese, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot and a Black-tailed Godwit were at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: The adult American Golden Plover is still on Baleshare today in fields opposite Loch na Paisg. 49 Black-tailed Godwits and a Coot were at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers at North Bay (Mol Mor Sands) this afternoon.

American Golden Plover, Baleshare juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper American Golden Plover and White-rumped Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

16th October:

Lewis: A juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher was seen at Loch Stiapabhat this evening until 18:08 when it flew off high, calling. A Pied Flycatcher, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Fieldfare were in Port of Ness. A Jack Snipe was at the Butt, half a mile west of the lighthouse; also 6 Snow Buntings flew south-west there. 7 Blackcaps were also around Ness including 2 at the Butt lighthouse.

St. Kilda: A Bluethroat was seen on HIrta.

North Uist: The Myrtle Warbler was seen at Callernish again today; also 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Fieldfare, a Brambling and a Jack Snipe there. 3 White-rumped Sandpipers and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper were seen on Berneray on the flooded machair at NF897807 although mobile. A Cackling Goose was seen at Loch Paible. A Swallow was seen on the west side of Grimsay this evening.

South Uist: A few birds south at Ardvule this morning included 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Arctic Terns, 10 Barnacle Geese, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 Great Northern Divers while 73 Black-tailed Godwits in the north bay. 2 White-rumped Sandpipers at North Bay (Mol Mor Sands) this morning.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, female Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackcaps and a Woodcock were at Glenn. A Chiffchaff was at Garrygall. A Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were in Castlebay. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Fieldfare were at Creachan. The Red-breasted Flycatacher was still at Morghan. In total 8 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on the island today and 30 Blackcaps, 1000 Redwings and 6 Fieldfare.

Myrtle Warbler, Outer Hebrides Myrtle Warbler, North Uist Myrtle Warbler, Outer Hebrides Myrtle Warbler Myrtle Warbler (Steve Duffield)

 

15th October:

North Uist: A juvenile Laughing Gull flew north along the road just south of Ahmore this afternoon around 15:30 although couldn't be relocated. The Snow Goose was at Balranald. A drake Pintail was on Loch a Roe, Balranald. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Grenitote in the memorial plantation. 2 Pomarine Skuas were seen from the ferry between Lochmaddy and Tarbet this afternoon; plus another 2 between there and Skye. A Myrtle Warbler was seen at Callernish this morning although unfortunately news wasn't widely put out until after dark

Benbecula: 6 Pink-footed Geese were at Borve.

South Uist: 7 White-rumped Sandpipers! and a Pectoral Sandpiper were at Ardivachar.

Barra: The juvenile Ring-necked Duck was seen at Tangasdale. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and several Bramblings were on the island. A Whinchat was seen on Vatersay. 12 Pink-footed Geese were seen at Allasdale and 16 were seen at Eoligarry.

Insects: Acleris rufana was trapped in South Glendale last night.

Otter, Oute Hebrides Acleris rufana Pectoral Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides juvenile Laughing Gull, North Uist Laughing Gull
Otter (Steve Duffield); Acleris rufana, Pectoral Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper (John Kemp); Laughing Gull (Peter Ridgeway)

 

14th October:

Lewis: A Waxwing was in Port of Ness around midday; also Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 2 Bramblings present. A Swallow and a Hen Harrier were seen at the Butt this morning. 6 Whooper Swans and 45 Pink-footed Geese flew south at Eoropie. A Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and 80 Redwings were seen in South Dell.

North Uist: A Snow Goose was seen on Loch Scarie. A Pintail was on Loch nam Feithean. A Wheatear was on the shore at Balranald.

South Uist: 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were in North Bay (Mol Mor Sand) this morning. Later 3 White-rumped Sandpipers and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers were on pools at Ardivachar. A Yellow-browed Warbler was by St Michael's Church, Ardkenneth. 80 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Bornish. A Snow Bunting and 2 juvenile Arctic Terns were at Stoneybridge. A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen on Eriskay again today.

Barra: A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Morghan today; also 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, 20 Bramblings, Fieldfare and Grey Wagtail were on the island whilst 6 Chiffchaffs and 5 Blackcaps at Creachan. 10 Pink-footed Geese were at Allasdale. 8 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

White-rumped Sandpipers_north_bay White-rumped Sandpipers, South Uist Otter, Outer Hebrides Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpipers and Otter (Steve Duffield); Pectoral Sandpiper (Bob McMillan)

 

13th October:

North Uist: 2 White-rumped Sandpipers and 2 Cackling Geese were at Loch Paible this afternoon. 100 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east over Balranald; also 6 Pink-footed Geese amongst Greylags here and a Wheatear on the shore. 6 Black-tailed Godwits and a Coot were at Loch Sandary. A Yellow-browed Warbler, male Blackcap, Treecreeper and Fieldfare were at Langass Lodge whilst 14 Whooper Swans flew south. An American Golden Plover was seen on Baleshare.

South Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was in Lochboisdale; also 36 Barnacle Geese and a Fieldfare were seen there. 2 Bramblings and a Blackcap were seen at Bornish. A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen on Eriskay.

Barra: The juvenile Ring-necked Duck was seen at Tangasdale; also a Ring Ouzel, Brambling, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Yellow-browed Wrabler were on the island.

White-rumped Sandpiper Cackling Geese Treecreeper, North Uist Otter, Outer Hebrides
White-rumped Sandpiper, Cackling Geese, Treecreeper and Otter (Steve Duffield)

 

12th October:

Note: Large numbers of Redwings are being seen in many places around the island e.g. 300+ on Grimsay yesterday.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was on Hirta; also 40 Snow Buntings.

North Uist: Around 300 Barnacle Geese flew south-east over Carinish this afternoon. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Langass Lodge. 2 Cackling Geese / Canada Geese were seen at Loch Paible.

Benbecula: A dake Pintail, 36 Gadwall and 26 Shovelers were on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Snow Bunting was at Ardvule; also off there a southerly passage today a included 19 Gannets, 3 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 114 Barnacle Geese, 3 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 28 Wigeon, 18 Tufted Duck, 14 Scaup, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Kittiwakes and a juvenile Arctic Tern. 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were seen at Ardivachar late afternoon and 1 was seen on LA2. 140 Barnacle Geese flew south over Bornish at lunchtime. A Chiffchaff was at Loch Eynort and 1 was at Snishival. The Rose-coloured Starling was in Lochboisdale.

Barra: 50 Barnacle Geese flew south-east at Ardmhor this morning. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale.

Other: A small bat was seen in South Glendale just before dark.

Marine Sightings: 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moved north off Ardvule this morning.

Scaup Snow Bunting White-rumped Sandpiiper
Scaup and Snow Bunting (John Kemp); White-rumped Sandpiper (Andrew Stevenson)

 

11th October:

Lewis: 22 Snow Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at Claddach Knockline. A Yellow-browed Warbler and a male Blackcap were at Langass Lodge. 418 Barnacle Geese and 21 Whooper Swans were at Grenitote.

South Uist: A White-rumped Sandpiper was at LA 2 again today. Birds south at Ardvule were 329 Gannets, 4 Great Northern Divers, 29 Red-throated Divers, 123 Barnacle Geese, 10 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 57 Auk sp., 12 Guillemots, 4 Razorbill, 1 Black Guillemot, 152 Kittiwakes, 2 Arctic Terns. Also 4 Snipe and 13 Golden Plover arrived off the sea.

Barra: The Subalpine Warbler was still at Nasg today; also a Pied Flycatcher and Ring Ouzel were on the island. An Iceland Gull was seen at Craigston.

 

10th October:

Lewis: A Hornemann's Arctic Repoll was at Port of Ness. A juvenile American Golden Plover was at Loch Ordais this morning briefly before flying off; also a Gadwall and Chiffchaff there. A Willow Warbler was in Bragar. 15 Barnacle Geese and 2 Long-tailed Ducks flew south past Labost. A Fieldfare was seen at Miavaig. 5 Whooper Swans flew west at Leurbost late this afternoon.

St. Kilda: A Ring Ouzel, 150 Redwings, 2 Fieldfare and 25 Snow Buntings were in Hirta.

North Uist: A Snow Goose, 34 Barnacle Geese, 4 Lapland Buntings and 44 Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair at Balemore / Rubh' Arnal. Another 120 Barnacle Geese and 222 Pink-footed Geese flew south there late morning. 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Coot were at Loch Sandary. The Yellow-browed Warbler and Chiffchaff were still in Langass Lodge today; also 32 Whooper Swans and 250 Pink-footed Geese flying over. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Lochmaddy.

South Uist: A Ring Ouzel was at Ardnamonie this morning. 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were at LA2 this evening. A female Ring Ouzel was at North Loch Eynort this morning. Species south at Ardvule this morning included 22 Gannets, 8 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 Barnacle Geese, 5 Whooper Swans, 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull, 44 Kittiwakes and 28 Auk sp; also 2 Black-tailed Godwits present.

Barra: The Subalpine Warbler was trapped and ringed today at Nasg. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale and 40 Barnacle Geese were at Borve. 15 Pink-footed Geese flew past Allasdale.

Snow Goose, Outer Hebrides juvenile American Golden Plover White-rumped Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper
Snow Goose (Steve Duffield); American Golden Plover (Tristan ap Rheinallt); White-rumped Sandpipers (Alan Kennedy)

 

9th October:

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

North Uist: A Barn Owl, Yellow-browd Warbler and Chiffchaff were at Langass Lodge. A Fieldfare and male Blackcap were in Lochmaddy. The Little Egret was still at Loch Sandary. A Snow Goose was seen at Balranald and a Common Tern at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule this morning included 304 Gannets, 7 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Leach's Petrel, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 45 Auk sp., 24 Razorbills, 4 Guillemots, 24 Kittiwakes, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Purple Sandpiper. 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Common Tern were off Balgarva. A Little Egret was on the South Ford.

Barra: A female Subalpine Warbler was seen at Nasg again today; also the juvenile Ring-necked Duck was still at Tangasdale and the 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

Barn Owl, Outer Hebrides Barn Owl, North Uist Long-tailed Ducks, Outer Hebrides juvenile Pomarine Skua Red-throated Diver Snow Goose
Barn Owl (Steve Duffield); Long-tailed Ducks and Pomarine Skua (John Kemp); Red-throated Diver and Snow Goose (Alan Kennedy)

 

8th October:

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

South Uist: A Leach's Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, juvenile Common Tern and juvenile Arctic Tern flew south at Ardvule this morning; also heading south there were 392 Gannets, 15 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 6 Black Guillemots, 9 Guillemots, 21 Razorbills, 49 Auk sp., 4 Kittiwakes, while 2 Eiders and a male Long-tailed Duck flew north.

Barra: A female Subalpine Warbler was seen at Nasg today; also a Yellow-browed Warbler and then Ring-necked Duck still present. The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

Black Guillemot, Outer Hebrides Great Northern Diver, Outer Hebrides Black Guillemot and Great Northern Diver (John Kemp)

 

7th October:

St. Kilda: A Ring Ouzel was on Hirta.

Lewis: A juvenile Long-tailed Skua was off the Braigh, jus east of Stornoway this morning

North Uist: 14 Lapland Butings were at Balranald today. A Little Egret, Coot, 34 Black-tailed Godwits and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 63 Black-tailed Godwits and 12 Pink-footed Geese were at Ormiclate. 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were off Hebridean Jewellery. Species south at Ardvule this morning included 557 Gannets, 7 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Pochard (male), 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 39 Auk sp, 16 Guillemots and 22 Razorbills.

Barra: A juvenile Ring-necked Duck was on Loch na Doilinn, Tangasdale. A Yellow-browed Warbler was new in at Glen.

 

6th October:

Lewis: 2 Bramblings were seen in Lionel.

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

South Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was in South Glendale. 4 Lapland Buntings were seen near Ardivachar. 6 Pink-footed Geese were at the south end of Loch Bee. A Chiffchaff was at Loch Eynort. A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at Druidibeg.

Barra: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher and an Iceland Gull were seen today.

 

5th October:

Lewis: 8 Lapland Buntings were at Eoropie and a Snow Bunting was at the Butt.

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

South Uist: 2 Common Scoter, 132 Gannets and 2 juvenile Common Terns flew south at Ardvule this morning while a Great Northern Diver and a Great Skua flew north. The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Lochboisdale.

Insects: 21 Small Wainscots, 6 Angle Shades, a Rosy Rustic and a Dark Sword-grass were caught in South Glendale last night.

Dark Sword-grass Dark Sword-grass (John Kemp)

 

4th October:

Lewis: A Lesser Whitethroat was in the lighthouse compound at the Butt; also 3 Snow Buntings there. An arrival of Redwings included 50 in South Dell. 30 Pink-footed Geese dropped in at Gress this morning.

South Uist: An adult Rose-coloured Starling was in Lochboisdale. Birds south today at Ardvule included 514 Gannets, 3 Great Northern Divers, 51 Kittiwakes, 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 Black Guillemot; also a single Redwing was present. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in South Glendale this evening.

Barra: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on the island today

Slavonian Grebes, Outer Hebrides Red Deer stag Slavonian Grebes (Steve Duffield); Red Deer (John Kemp)

 

3rd October:

Lewis: 100 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Eoropie this afternoon. 2 Snow Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: A Turtle Dove was seen in Sollas.

Barra: A Pomarine Skua flew south off Brevig this afternoon and a Snow Bunting was on the roadside there. The Pied Flycatcher was still at Creachan.

 

2nd October:

Harris: A Swallow and a couple of Redwings were in Northton this morning.

S. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen on Hirta again today; also a Willow Warbler and 2 Snow Buntings present.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting was on the beach at Sollas.

South Uist: A Black-tailed Godwit was at Ardvule.

Barra: Yellow-browed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Sparrow, Brambling and around 30 Redwings were seen on the island today.

Merlin, Outer Hebrides Merlin (John Kemp)

 

1st October:

Lewis: A Lesser Whitethroat was in Port of Ness.

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

South Uist: A Lapland Bunting and at least 8 Pink-footed Geese were along the west side of Loch Bee. 90 Pink-footed Geese flew south at Howmore. 2 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Whooper Swans and 2 Pintail were by Loch Bornish. 2 Pink-footed Geese were in Askernish. 40 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east at Kildonan. A Swallow and 2 Pink-footed Geese were at Ormiclate. 694 Pink-footed Geese and 15 Whooper Swans arrived in off the sea at Ardvule between 07:50 - 11:45. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Ardvule and a male Long-tailed Duck flew north. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Bornish where 185 Pink-footed Geese and 15 Whooper Swans flew over this morning before 10:30 am. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Loch Eynort.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Woodcock were at Creachan. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Ardmhor. A Pied Flycatcher was at Morghan.

Pink-footed Geese Whooper Swans at Ardvule Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans (John Kemp)