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31st December:

South Uist: At least 2 Lapland Buntings and 2 Snow Buntings were on Eochar machair.

 

30th December:

North Uist: 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare.

South Uist: An immature Iceland Gull was at Howmore.

 

29th December:

Lewis: 5 Glaucous Gulls and 4 Iceland Gulls were seen at the Butt this morning.

North Uist: Around 50 Snow Buntings were at Balranald today.

South Uist: An American Golden Plover was at Balgarva. An immature Glaucous Gull was at Kilpheder.

Barra: The Velvet Scoter was still off Eoligarry and 25 Snow Buntings were on the beach there. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Vatersay.

American Golden Plover, South Uist American Golden Plover, December, South UIst Grey Plover Bar-tailed Godwit
American Golden Plover - 2 photos, Grey Plober and Bar-tailed Godwit (Steve Duffield)

 

28th December:

Lewis: A Hawfinch is still visiting Urquhart Gardens in Stornoway.

North Uist: 60+ Snow Buntings were at Balranald today. A Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare in the afternoon.

South Uist: An immature Iceland Gull was at Smerclate. A juvenile Iceland Gull flew north past Ardvule this morning.

Barra: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls (juvenile and an adult) flew south at Cleat today.

 

27th December:

North Uist: 4 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 2 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare.

South Uist: An immature Iceland Gull was at Howmore River and an adult was in Snishival this morning.

Barra: The Velvet Scoter was seen off Eoligarry again this morning.

juvenile Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gull, North Uist Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

24th December:

North Uist: 5 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: A Jack Snipe was seen on the east side of Èiseabhal.

Barra: A Velvet Scoter was off Eoligarry this morning.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, Baleshare Glaucous Gull, Baleshare juvenile Glaucous Gull, North UIst Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

23rd December:

Lewis: A 3rd cal yr Glaucous Gull flew past Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

North Uist: A drake American Wigeon was on Loch Aileodiar, NF888726 near the Loch Portain tunring this afternoon. A Greenland White-fronted Geese was amongst the Barnacle Geese on Berneray and at least 3 Snow Buntings were there.

Benbecula: The Green-winged Teal was on Coot Loch and a pair of Pintail were on Loch Mor.

South Uist: An immature Iceland Gull was at Howmore. The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen on Eochar machair this afternoon.

Marine Sightings: 10 Common Dolphins to the east of Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

22nd December:

North Uist: 3 Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare.

South Uist: At least 3 Lapland Buntings and 2 Snow Buntings were on Eochar machair.

Marine Sightings: Over 60 Common Dolphins were feeding distantly to the east of Tiumpan Head in the morning.

 

21st December:

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs is still on Eochar machair this morning, just south of Ardivachar. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at Ardvule.

 

20th December:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: At least 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare; also 10 Snow Buntings at the north-west end.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule and a Great Skua flew south there.

Great Skua Red Sword-grass Great Skua and Red Sword-grass (John Kemp)

 

18th December:

North Uist: 2 Iceland Gulls (2nd winter and juvenile), a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and 20 Snow Buntings were at Rubh' Arnal.

Benbecula: The Green-winged Teal is still on Coot Loch.

 

17th December:

North Uist: 5 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare this morning. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Balranald.

South Uist: A Velvet Scoter was on the sea between Kilpheder and Askernish. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and female Common Scoter were at Ardvule this morning.

Marine Sightings: 2 groups of Common Dolphins swam south east of Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

16th December:

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was on the beach at Garrynamonie today.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in Brevig today.

juvenile Iceland Gull, South Uist Iceland Gull (John Kemp)

 

15th December:

Benbecula: A drake Green-winged Teal was on Coot Loch.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs was on Eochar machair again today; also a Lapland Bunting and at least 8 Snow Buntings. 182+ White-fronted Geese were on the west side of Loch Bee (from Ardkenneth). A female Common Scoter was off Balgarva. An immature Glaucous Gull was at Garrynamonie and an Iceland Gull flew along the shore.

Lesser Yellowlegs, December Lesser Yellowlegs, South Uist Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs (Steve Duffield - 2 photos); Lesser Yellowlegs (John Kemp)

 

14th December:

North Uist: 5 Glaucous Gulls (4 juveniles and a 2nd winter) were on Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs was on Eochar machair early afternoon; also a Snow Bunting there. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule. An immature Iceland Gull was at Smerclate.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were in Castlebay.

Marine Sightings: 10 Common Dolphins headed south, to the east of Tiumpan Head this morning.

Lesser Yellowlegs, South Uist Lesser Yellowlegs, Ardivachar juvenile Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gull
Lesser Yellowlegs (Joe Newman); Glaucous Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

12th December:

Lewis: 4 Velvet Scoters were with Common Scoters in Broad Bay off Melbost today. A Hawfinch is still visiting Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway on an almost daily basis.

North Uist: At least 30 Snow Buntings were at Balemore. An immature Iceland Gull and 70 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the Range at LA2 this morning. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Pink-footed Goose were at Ardvule.

Marine Sightings: 2 Minke Whales and 4 Harbour Porpoise were seen to the east of Tiumpan Head this morning.

Golden Eagle Golden Eagle (John Kemp)

 

11th December:

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

Marine Sightings: 10 Common Dolphins headed south-east off Tiumpan head at 3 pm.

 

10th December:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull and 3 Glaucous Gulls (a 2nd winter and 2 juveniles) were on Baleshare today.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Brevig and a Siberian Chiffchaff was in Castlebay.

Iceland Gull Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

9th December:

Harris: 2 Surf Scoters and a Little Auk were seen in the Sound of Taransay this morning; the latter off Horghabost.

North Uist: 2 Cackling Geese and a Snow Bunting were at Balranald.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Traigh Eais.

Marine Sightings: 3 Minke Whales, 6 Harbour Porpoise and 4 White-beaked Dolphins amongst 30 Common Dolphins off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Cackling Geese, North Uist Cackling Geese Cackling Geese (Steve Duffield)

 

8th December:

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal and a Scaup were on Loch Sandary. The pair of Cackling Geese were between Balranald visitor centre and Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: The juvenile Iceland Gull was still at Ardivachar today.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north past Eoligarry.

 

7th December:

Harris: The drake Surf Scoter is still in the Sound of Taransay.

South Uist: A Lesser Yellowlegs is at Ardivachar, 500m south of car park on beach; a juvenile Iceland Gull is also there. 2 Snow Buntings were on Ardivachar machair. A Black-tailed Godwit was at the north end of Loch Bee. 2 Jack Snipe were at Ardvule; also a Corn Bunting there and 83 Red-throated Divers were in the bay to the north.

 

6th December:

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Balgarva today. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the Range at LA2. 6 White-fronted Geese were in Askernish.

Marine Sightings: At least 8 White-beaked Dolphins and 7 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head late morning / early afternoon.

 

5th December:

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull flew south past Bolnabodach this morning.

 

4th December:

South Uist: A Blackcap and Chiffchaff were in Askernish.

 

3rd December:

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary. 14 Pintail were on Loch nam Feitheann.

South Uist: The juvenile Iceland Gull was still at Ardivachar.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was on Vatersay.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale was seen east of Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

2nd December:

Benbecula: A female Common Scoter was off Balivanich.

South Uist: A Lapland Bunting and juvenile Iceland Gull were on Eochar machair, south of Ardivachar today.

 

1st December:

Lewis: A Hawfinch is still coming to Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway.

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

North Uist: 6 Glaucous Gulls (a 2nd w and 5 juveniles) were on Baleshare.

South Uist: A Glaucous Gull was at Ardivachar. A Chiffchaff was in Askernish. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule.

Barra: 28 Snow Buntings were at Eoligarry and 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were in Castlebay.