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31st July:

North Uist: An adult Bonaparte's Gull was reported from Rushgarry, Berneray this afternoon. A Common Crossbill was at Langass Lodge.

South Uist: 27 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore River this afternoon and 2 were in the south bay at Ardvule. The Spoonbill was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

 

30th July:

South Uist: The Spoonbill is still in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Insects: 574 moths and 55 species were caught in South Glendale today including Red Carpet, Bordered Grey, Scotch Annulet, Scarce Silver Y and micro moths 2 Eana osseanaEana penziana, 2 Aethes rubigana, Aphelia viburnanaPyrausta despicata and Gillmeria pallidactyla.

Bordered Grey, Outer Hebrides moths Bordered Grey (John Kemp)

 

 

29th July:

South Uist: The Spoonbill was at the south-west end of Loch Bee again today; also a Pink-footed Goose there. 2 juvenile Cuckoos were at Druidibeg this evening.

Insects: 98 moths and 16 species were recorded at Carnan last night including 3 Double Lobed, 3 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and an Evergestis pallidata amongst others.

Marine Sightings: 2 pods of Risso's Dolphins, Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and Minke Whale were seen off Brevig today.

Irish Lady's Tresses, Outer Hebrides Irish Lady's Tresses, Benbecula Irish Lady's Tresses (Steve Duffield)

 

28th July:

North Uist: A seawatch from Griminish Point this morning (07:15 - 10:00) produced a single Sooty Shearwater, 620 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Fulmar, 185 Gannets and an Arctic Skua heading west. 8 Black-tailed Godwits were on the shore at Balranald.

South Uist: The Spoonbill and 14 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning. The Ruff and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were on the shore at Howmore.

Ruff Bar-tailed Godwits Bar-tailed Godwits Little Terns, Outer Hebrides WheatearBlack-tailed Godwit (Steve Duffield); Ruff (Alan Kennedy); Bar-tailed Godwits, Little Terns and Wheatear (Bob McMillan)

 

27th July:

North Uist: 15 Black-tailed Godwits were in fields by Loch Grogarry.

South Uist: A Ruff was on te beach at Howmore.

Dunlin, Outer Hebrides Dunlin (Steve Duffield)

 

26th July:

Benbecula: 6 Black-tailed Godwits were at Aird.

South Uist: Birds flying south at Ardvule this morning included 1 Great Northern Diver, 260 Gannets, 25 Fulmars, 444 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 16 Kittiwakes, 14 Common Terns, 12 Arctic Terns, 8 Razorbills, 15 Guillemots, 11 Auk sp., and 1 Black Guillemot. Also in area an adult Glaucous Gull and 8 Black-tailed Godwits. The Spoonbill was at the south-west end of Loch Bee this afternoon where it was joined by 31 Black-tailed Godwits this evening.

Common Terns Glaucous Gull adult Glaucous Gull Knot
Common Terns and Glaucous Gull (John Kemp); Knot (Steve Duffield)

 

25th July:

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling is in a garden at Claddach Vallay and been present for the last week. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary. 33 Knot dropped in briefly at Loch Paible around midday before continuing south.

South Uist: A Sandwich Tern flew south at Howmore and a Long-tailed Duck was off-shore there. The Spoonbill and 14 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the west side of Loch Bee.

Black-tailed Godwit, North Uist Black-tailed Godwit (Steve Duffield)

 

24th July:

South Uist: The Spoonbill was seen on the west side of Loch Bee this afternoon along with a Green Sandpiper. The Osprey was over east Loch Bee.

Barra: A Sooty Shearwater flew south past Brevig this afternoon.

Insects: 418 moths and 39 species were caught at Carnan last night including The Flame (2nd record for Outer Hebs); as well as 6 Double Lobeds, 3 Grass Rivulet, 3 Light Arches, 3 light Emerald, a Mottled Beauty, 2 Northern Spinach, 15 Snout, Eana penziana and 5 Evergestis pallidata amonst others.

298 moths and 27 species were trapped at Claddach Baleshare including 61 Garden Tigers, 80 True Lover's Knot, a Haworth's Minor, Yellow Shell and 2 Brown China Mark.

At Daliburgh machair 570 moths / 31 species which included 22 Pretty Pinion, 2 Barred Rivulet, 15 Lime-speck Pugs, 49 Archer's dart, 191 Common Rustic agg., 54 White-line Dart, 61 Crambus perlella, 2 Celypha cespitana and 2 Phycitodes saxicola.

in South Glendale 688 moths of 53 species included 419 True Lover's Knot, 3 Treble-bar, 2 Dark Spinach, 6 Rustic, 2 Barred Rivulet, 3 Aethes Rubigana, 5 Eudonia pallida, Evergestis pallidata and Matilella fusca.

The Flame, Outer Hebrides moths Brown China Mark Small Tortioiseshell butterfly
The Flame (Paul Boyer); Brown China Mark and Small Tortoiseshell (Steve Duffield)

 

23rd July:

South Uist: 26 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Insects: 527 moths / 54 species were trapped at Carinish last night including 204 Dark Arches, a Light Arches, 4 Purple Clay, a Small Wainscot, a Pretty Pinion, Oblique Carpet, Lempke's Gold Spot and a Shark amongst many others.

 

21st July:

Insects: 170 moths and 26 species were caught at Carnan last night including 3 Double Lobed, a Light Arches, Mottled Beauty, 4 Narrow-winged Pugs, an Oblique Carpet, 2 Straw Dot and Evergestis pallidata amongst others.

119 moths / 26 species were trapped at North Loch Eynort last night. This included 24 Light Emerald, 2 Coxcomb Prominent, 1 Northern Spinach, 6 Barred Red, 5 Dotted Clay, 1 Riband Wave, 7 Small Fan-footed Wave, 1 Pinion-streaked Snout and 1 Eudonia mercurella, 1 Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana and 2  Epinotia tenerana.

At South Glendale 239 moths of 30 species were trapped. These included 166 True Lover's Knot, 9 Dotted Clay, 1 Six-striped Rustic, 3 Rustic, 2 Wormwood Pugs, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and single  Aethes Rubigana,  Eana penziana and Eudonia mercurella.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Aethes rubigana Dotted Clay Riband Wave
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Aethes rubigana, Dotted Clay and Riband Wave (John Kemp)

 

20th July:

Insects: 235 moths and 36 species were trapped in Carinish last night including an Archer's Dart, a Ghost Moth and 52 Garden Tigers amongst many others.

Endothenia quadrimaculana male Ghost Moth, Outer Hebrides moths Endothenia quadrimaculana and Ghost Moth (Steve Duffield)

 

19th July:

South Uist: 5 Whimbrel were on the machair at Howmore. Birds flying south at Ardvule this morning included 1 Red-throated Diver, I Black-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, 267 Manx Shearwater, 104 Gannets, 3 Great Skuas, 17 Kittiwakes, 1 Black Guillemot and 23 Razorbills. Also 2 Little Terns, 1 Common Tern and 56 Arctic Terns present.

Barra: A Pomarine Skua flew south past Brevig early afternoon.

Black-throated Diver, Outer Hebrides Golden Plover Black-throated Diver and Golden Plover (John Kemp)

 

18th July:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

North Uist: A Sooty Shearwater flew west past Griminish Point this afternoon; also 1,000's of Manx Shearwaters feeding off-shore. A 3rd cal yr Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: A Balearic Shearwater flew south at Ardvule at 06:20 am. Also off Ardvule this morning: 267 Gannets, 3 Storm Petrels, 22 Fulmars, 435 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 44 Razorbills, 3 Great Skuas, 6 Kittiwakes and 28 Black-tailed Godwits.

Barra: A Cory's Shearwater flew past Cleat at 12:55. A Sooty Shearwater was seen off Vatersay this morning.

Little Tern, Uist juvenile Wheatear, Uist Sooty Shearwater, North Uist Sooty Shearwater, North Uist Manx Shearwater, North Uist Manx Shearwater, Outer Hebrides Little Tern (John Kemp); Wheatear, Sooty Shearwater and Manx Shearwaters (Steve Duffield)

 

17th July:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

North Uist: A 3rd cal yr Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary this morning.

South Uist: The Spoonbill was at the south-west end of Loch Bee this morning.

 

16th July:

South Uist: A Balearic Shearwater and a Sooty Shearwater were seen heading south off Ardvule this morning.

Barra: 25 Puffins, 343 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, 10 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Whimbrels and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen off Vatersay today.

Common Tern Sooty Shearwater Common Tern and Sooty Shearwater (John Kemp)

 

15th July:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

South Uist: The Spoonbill is still at the south-west corner of Loch Bee. An adult Glaucous Gull was at Kildonan.

 

14th July:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross. A Long-tailed Skua was reported over Swordale, Point this morning.

South Uist: The Spooonbill was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee again this morning. A Whimbrel was on the machair at Howmore and 2 were at Ardvule.

Short-eared Owl, South Uist Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

13th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is still at Cross.

South Uist: The Spoonbill and an Avocet were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 1 Great Skua (+ 1 north), 4 Kittiwakes, 149 Gannets, 2 Great Northern Divers, 77 Razorbills, 12 Puffins, 11 Auk sp., 222 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Fulmars and 21 Storm Petrels.

Avocet, South Uist Avocet, Outer Hebrides Spoonbill, Outre Hebrides Great Northern Diver Puss Moth caterpillar
Avocet and Spoonbill (Steve Duffield); Great Northern Diver and Puss Moth caterpillar (John Kemp)

 

12th July:

North Uist: A 1st yr Glaucous Gull was seen near Loch Paible.

Insects: 124 moths/35 species were trapped in South Glendale last night which included 1 Antler Moth, 1 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Snout, 1 Oblique Carpet, 2 Pretty Pinion, 3 Small Rivulet, 10 Straw Dot, 2 Diamond-back Moth, 1 Agapeta hamana, 1 Eudonia mercurella, 2 Pleurota bicostella, 5 Notocelia uddmanniana, 10 Eucosma campoliliana, 2 Eucosma cana and 65 True Lover’s Knot.

Merlin, Outer Hebrides birds Eucosma cana, Outer Hebrides moths Merlin and Eucosma cana (John Kemp)

 

11th July:

Lewis. The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

South Uist: 2 Avocets were on the Howmore River today.

Insects: 228 moths of 50 species were trapped in Carinish last night including a Dark Spinach, 2 Angle Shades, 2 Lempke's Gold Spots and a Light Arches amongst many more.

Dark Spinach, Outer Hebrides moths Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl Dark Spinach (Steve Duffield); Short-eared Owl (Michael Cook)

 

10th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

Bar-tailed Godwits, Outer Hebrides Bar-tailed Godwits Bar-tailed Godwits (Steve Duffield)

 

9th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is in Cross.

North Uist: 4 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Mor, Baleshare.

South Uist: The adult Little Gull is still at Ardvule; whilst birds flying north included 42 Gannets, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin and 4 Manx Shearwaters while a Great Northern Diver, 2 Kittiwakes and 12 Gannets flew south.

Insects: 280 moths of 42 species were caught in Carinish last night including 3 Pretty Pinion, a Lempke's Gold Spot, 3 Light Emerald and a Purple Clay amongst many more.

Arctic Tern, South Uist Arctic Tern, Outer Hebrides Puffin, Ardvule Arctic Terns and Puffin (John Kemp)

 

8th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is still at Cross. A Rose-coloured Starling was at Marbhig, Lochs.

Benbecula: 2 Sandwich Terns were at Stinky Bay this morning before heading north.

South Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was at Ardvule again this morning; also an adult Little Gull there. 6 Crossbills were in Druidibeg plantation.

Barra: 3 Crossbills were seen on the island today.

Marine Sightings: 5 Minke Whales, 11 Risso's Dolphins, an Orca, 7 Common Dolphins, 5 Harbour Pospoise and a Basking Shark were seen off Leanish, Barra today.

Insects: A Small Magpie moth was seen last night in South Glendale. Moths trapped there include 93 True Lover's Knot, Heart & Dart and 3 Scarce Silver Y

In Carnan 31 moths / 15 species were trapped including a Beautiful Golden Y, 4 Bright-line Brown Eye, a Burnished Brass, Buff Ermine, Common White Wave, Dark Arches, 6 Drinkers, a Dusky Brocade, 3 Garden Tigers, an Ingrailed Clay, Pebble Prominent, Poplar Hawkmoth1, 4 Small Square Spots, a Smoky Wainscot and 4 True Lover's Knot.

Small Magpie moth, Outer Hebrides moths Crossbill, Outer Hebrides Sedge Warbler, Outer Hebrides
Small Magpie (John Kemp); Crossbills (Joe Newman); Sedge Warbler (Steve Duffield)

 

7th July:

Lewis: 4 Rose-coloured Starlings are in Ness with 3 at Cross and 1 at Skigersta.

St. Kilda: 2 Long-tailed Skuas (an adult and 2nd summer) and a 1st summer Sabine's Gull were 10 miles north of the islands.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was in Carinish. An immature Glaucous Gull was on Loch Sandary. A Rose-coloured Starling was in Balemore (for its 2nd day). An adult Curlew Sandpiper was at Balranald.

South Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Ardvule this morning. A Sandwich Tern was at Ardvule this morning along with 30 x 1st summer Arctic Terns.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still on Vatersay.

adult Curlew Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Curlew Sandpiper in summer plumage Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin Rose-coloured Starling, Ardvule
Curlew Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Rose-coloured Starling (John Kemp)

 

6th July:

Lewis: 3 Rose-coloured Starlings were at Cross and 1 was at Skigersta.

St. Kilda: A Wilson's Petrel was reported off-shore early evening.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Carinish.

South Uist: 15 Black-tailed Godwits flew south over Carnan at 19:20; also 12 were on the west side of Loch Bee.

Robin fledgling, North Uist Robin fledgling, Outer Hebrides Rose-coloured Starling, sunbathing Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides Large White butterfly, Outer Hebrides Whooper Swans in South Uist
Robin fledgling, Rosy Starling and Large White (Steve Duffield); Whooper Swans (John Love)

 

5th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is in Breanais and has been for several days. 3 Rose-coloured Starlings are at Cross, 2 are at Skigersta and 1 is in Port of Ness.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was in Carinish again this morning. At least 7 Crossbills are in Langass Wood.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still on Vatersay. A Pomarine Skua flew south past Brevig this afternoon.

 

4th July:

Lewis: 5 Rose-coloured Starlings were in Ness with 2 at Skigersta and 3 at Cross.

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was in Carinish.

South Uist: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Kildonan. The Spoonbill was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this afternoon. The Osprey was also seen at Loch Druidibeg this afternoon.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen on Vatersay today.

Insects: 32 moths and 13 species were caught at Carnan last night including a Ghost Moth, 2 Straw Dots, a Spectacle and a Diamond-back Moth amongst others.

Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides Rose-coloured Starling, North Uist Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides  birds adult Glaucous Gull, Outer Hebrides
Rose-coloured Starling (Steve Duffield); Glaucous Gull (Joe Newman)

 

3rd July:

Lewis: 5 Rose-coloured Starlings were in Ness with 2 at Skigersta and 3 at Cross.

Benbecula: The Glaucous Gull was at Stinky Bay today.

South Uist: An Avocet was seen at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen on Vatersay today.

 

2nd July:

Lewis: 4 Rose-coloured Starlings are in Ness with 2 at Skigersta, 1 at Cross and 1 in South Dell.

South Uist: The Osprey was at Druidibeg this afternoon. The Spoonbill was at the south end of Loch Bee this evening.

Barra: 6 Crossbills were at Ardmhor today.

Ghiost Moth Ghost Moth (John Love)

 

1st July:

Lewis: 3 Rose-coloured Starlings are in Ness with 1 coming to a feeder at Cross and 2 in Skigersta. A Rose-coloured Starling was at Mangersta and has been present for several days.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was still in Carinish.

Insects: Moth trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced a Scarce Silver Y, 4 Barred Red, 5 Light Emerald, 1 Northern Spinach, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Coxcomb Prominent, 13 Poplar Hawk-moths, 2 Pandemis cerasana and new for the Outer Hebrides Tinea semifulvella.

Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides Short-eared Owl, South Uist Short-eared Owl, Uist birds Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides birds
Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

Tinea semifulvella Scarce Silver-Y, Outer Hebrides moths Northern Spinach, Outer Hebrides moths Light Emerald, Outer Hebrides moths
Tinea semifulvella, Scarce Silver-Y, Northern Spinach and Light Emerald (John Kemp)