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31st December:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff was at the Westford.

Barra: The Glossy Ibis is still at Bruernish.

Marine Sightings: 7 Common Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head today.

 

30th December:

South Uist: 21 Black-tailed Godwits and a female Pintail were at Ardivachar this morning; a juvenile Gannet also flew north there. 152 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the Range to the south of Kilaulay. A pale-bellied Brent Goose was at Howmore.

Barra: The Glossy Ibis is still at Bruernish and the Surf Scoter is off Craigston. The Siberian Chiffchaff is still in Castlebay. An Iceland Gull was at Traigh Eais this afternoon.

 

29th December:

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff is in Castlebay.

 

28th December:

North Uist: The Snow Goose was in Sollas this morning; also a Common Redpoll there and a couple of Pink-footed Geese in Grenitote. The Chiffchaff is still in Carinish.

Snow Goose in Sollas Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

27th December:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

South Uist: The colour-ringed Little Egret was at Ardmore this afternoon and another bird was at the north end of Loch Bee. 4 Black-tailed Godwits were in North Bay (Mol Mor). 4 Snow Buntings were seen at Ardvule.

Insects: 2 Winter Moths were seen at Carnan, South Uist tonight.

Little Egret, South Uist Little Egret - colour-ringed Little Egret (Steve Duffield)

 

26th December:

Lewis: The juvenile Iceland Gull is still in Stornoway harbour.

South Uist: 3 Snow Buntings were at Ardvule.

Snow Bunting Twite Snow Bunting (John Kemp); Twite (Andy Williams)

 

25th December:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

South Uist: 23 Brent Geese flew south at Ardvule this morning.

 

24th December:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: 5 Fieldfare were in Carinish this morning.

South Uist: A Common Redpoll was in Aserkinsh.

Barra: The Glossy Ibis is still at Bruernish.

Goldeneye Goldeneye (Andy Williams)

 

23rd December:

Lewis: The Lesser Scaup was at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Fieldfare was in Carinish.

South Uist: A Little Auk was on the sea off Ardvule this morning.

Little Auk, South Uist Merlin Little Auk and Merlin (John Kemp)

 

22nd December:

Lewis: Late news of a Todd's Canada Goose at Lionel on 14th December.

North Uist: The Chiffchaff is still in Carinish. 7 Common Scoters were off Baleshare.

Todd's Canada Goose, Lewis Todd's Canada Goose, Lewis Todd's Canada Goose (Bob Wemyss)

 

21st December:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was seen along the shore in Stornoway.

North Uist: A Chiffchaff and Fieldfare were in Carinish this morning.

 

20th December:

Lewis: 3 drake Goosanders were seen near Balallan. A Carrion Crow was seen at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was at Balranald; 32 Snow Buntings were also on the machair there amongst a large flock of Twite and a drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was seen on Loch an Daill, Carnan this morning. 6 Scaup are on Loch Bee. 8 Fieldfares are in Bornish.

Barra:The Glossy Ibis is still at Bruernish.

Marine Sightings: 2 Orcas were seen from the Butt of Lewis around lunchtime today.

Goosanders, Lewis Goosanders (Andy Williams)

 

19th December:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup is still on Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: 6 Common Scoters were off Baleshare this afternoon. 2 Cackling Geese and a Todd's Canada Goose were reported from Loch Paible.

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was seen on Loch an Daill, Carnan this morning.

Barra:The Glossy Ibis is still at Bruernish.

Marine Sightings: 15 Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head.

Large Yellow Underwing caterpillar Lesser Scaup, Carnan Large Yellow Underwing caterpillar and Lesser Scaup (John Kemp)

 

18th December:

Lewis: 2 Snow Buntings were at Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: Ca. 40 Snow Buntings were between Rubh' Arnal and Kyles Paible; a hybrid Glaucous Gull x Herring Gull was also present.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Kildonan.

Barra: A Glossy Ibis was at Bruenish late afternoon. The juvenile Surf Scoter was off Allasdale.

Marine Sightings: 4 Risso's Dolphins and 11 Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

17th December:

North Uist: A White-fronted Goose was at Loch Bhrusda, Berneray. A drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch na Faoileige, Carnach.

Barra: The juvenile Surf Scoter is still off Allasdale.

 

15th December:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was seen on the moorland above Balallan this morning. 2 Bramblings were seen in Manor Park, Stornoway today. The drake Lesser Scaup is still at Loch Stiapabhat. A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was on Loch an Daill, Carnan again this morning.

Barra: The Green-winged Teal is still at Ardmhor. 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs are still on the island.

 

13th December:

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

North Uist: A Chiffchaff is in Carininsh.

South Uist: A Blackcap and 4 Fieldfares were in Askernish.

drake Goldeneye Red-throated Diver Whooper Swans Goldeneye, Red-throated Diver and Whooper Swans (Andy Williams)

 

12th December:

Barra: The juvenile Surf Scoter is still off Allasdale. A Green-winged Teal is at Ardmhor and 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs are on the island.

juvenile White-tailed Eagle, North Uist 2nd winter White-tailed Eagle, Baleshare White-tailed Eagle, North Uist White-tailed Eagles (Steve Duffield)

 

11th December:

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was on Loch an Daill, Carnan again this afternoon. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Ardivachar. 100+ Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the Range, west of Loch Bee and a Fieldfare was at Ardkenneth. A Little Egret was at Snishival before flying towards Loch Roag.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were in Castlebay and another was at Cuithir.

Lesser Scaup, Loch an Daill Lesser Scaup (Steve Duffield)

 

10th December:

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were in Castlebay.

 

9th December:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff is still in Carinish.

Benbecula: A drake Pintail is on Coot Loch.

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was seen on Loch an Daill, Carnan again today. A female Blackcap is in Askernish.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a Chiffchaff are in Castlebay. The juvenile Surf Scoter was off Allasdale and the Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor.

 

8th December:

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was seen on Loch an Daill, Carnan again this morning. 14 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south at Ardvule this morning and 27 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south bay there.

Black-tailed Godwits Purple Sandpiper Black-tailed Godwits and Purple Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

7th December:

North Uist: 10 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean, Balranald and a Pink-footed Goose was on the machair with Greylags nearby.

Marine Sightings: 25 Common Dolphins (in 3 pods) were seen from the ferry between Ullapool and Stornorway today.

Common Dolphin Razorbills Common Dolphin and Razorbills (Andy Williams)

 

5th December:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose and Snow Goose were at Malaclate amongst the Barnacle Geese; also a Pink-footed Goose there.

South Uist: A juvenile / female Surf Scoter was off Rubha Aidr Mhicheil. A Little Egret was at West Loch Ollay. A Snow Bunting was at Ardvule.

Marine Sightings: 10 White-beaked Dolphins and a couple of Harbour Porpoise were seen off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

Cackling Goose, Malaclate Snow Goose, Malaclate Cackling Goose and Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

4th December:

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

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was at Balemore this afternoon. A Chiffchaff was in Carinish.

Barra: The Surf Scoter was off Allasdale and a Siberian Chiffchaff was in Castlebay.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale was off Tiumpan Head.

Cackling Goose, Balemore, North Uist Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd December:

South Uist: 2 Little Egrets were at the north end of Loch Bee at Clachan this morning.

 

2nd December:

Lewis: A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was seen in a garden in Carloway.

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was seen on Loch an Daill, Carnan again this morning. 2 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff are in Askernish.

Barra: 2 Green-winged Teals were at Ardmhor and the Surf Scoter was off Allasdale.

 

1st December:

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was with Barnacle Geese in Knockintorran this afternoon whilst a Snow Bunting was on the machair there.

South Uist: The Lesser Scaup was reported from Loch an Daill, Carnan once again today. 6 Snow Buntings were at Ardvule.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs were in Castlebay.

Cackling Goose, Knockintorran, N Uist Cackling Goose, North Uist Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)