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23rd July:

North Uist: A Honey Buzzard was seen heading north over Malaclate at 14:30.


22nd July:

Lewis: 11 Sooty Shearwaters and 14 Storm Petrels were off the Butt this morning.

Marine Sightings: 12 Minke Whales, 20 Common Dolphins and a couple of Harbour Porpoise were seen from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry today. 26 White-beaked Dolphins were off Port of Ness.

Insects: A Ghost Moth and 3 Shark were trapped in Carinish this morning. A Triple-spotted Clay was caught in South Glendale and a 2 Double Square-spots were caught in North Loch Eynort.

Triple-spotted Clay Triple-spotted Clay (John Kemp)


21st July:

North Uist: The Quail was still calling at Balranald.

South Uist: 6 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel were at Ardivachar.

Marine Sightings: 2 Humpback Whales were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry.


20th July:

Lewis: The 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was at Port of Ness today. 100+ Storm Petrels were feeding off Skigersta this afternoon.

North Uist: The Quail was calling from the fields clsoe to the coastal car park at Balranald this afternoon.

Marine Sightings: 10 Risso's Dolphins, 20 White-beaked Dolphins and 2 Minke Whales were off Skigersta.


18th July:

Lewis: The 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was at Port of Ness. 7 Sooty Shearwaters flew north-west past the Butt late evening.

Marine Sightings: 15 White-beaked Dolphins and 3 Minke Whales were off Port of Ness today.


17th July:

South Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper was on the beach at Peninerine this morning.

Insects: 74 moths / 40 species were caught on Eriskay last night including a Gothic, Common Footman, 13 Scotch Annulet, 5 Northern Rustic, 1 Barred Rivulet,1 Bee Moth, 7 Eucosma hohenwartiana and 3 Delplanqueia dilutella. 309 moths /44 species were trapped in South Glendale which included a Small Magpie, Pinion-streaked Snout, 2 Eucosma hohenwartiana and 3 Agapeta hamana.

Barred Rivulet, Outer Hebrides moths Common Footman Northern Eggar, Outer Hebrides moths Barred Rivulet, Common Footmand and Northern Eggar (John Kemp)


16th July:

Lewis: A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull flew north-west past Port of Ness in the morning.

Benbecula: A Sandwich Tern was in Stinky Bay this afternoon.

South Uist: The Green Sandpiper was on the Howmore River again today.

Marine Sightings: 10 White-beaked Dolphins and 2 Risso's Dolphins were off Port of Ness in the morning.

Insects: 210 moths /17 species were caught on Daliburgh machair last night including 117 Archer's Dart, 4 Lime-speck Pugs, 25 Pretty Pinion, and 3 Anerastia lotella. A Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary were on Eriskay today.

Green Sandpiper, South Uist Linnet, Outer Hebrides Anerastia lotella Archer's Dart  Outer Hebrides moths
Green Sandpiper and Linnet (Alan Kennedy); Anerastia lotella and Archer's Dart (John Kemp)


15th July:

Marine Sightings: 5 Orcas, a Fin Whale, Minke Whale, 50 Common Dolphins and 15 White-beaked Dolphins were seen bewteen the Butt and Skigersta today.

Lewis: 2 Whimbrel were near Eoropie.

North Uist: A Quail was calling near the coast car park at Balranald this morning. Another Quail was calling from behind the coastguards at Balemartin this evening. A Whimbrel was at Clachan.

Great Skua with an Oyc Great Skua with Oystercatcher (Steve Duffield)


14th July:

North Uist: A Quail was heard calling near the coast car park at Aird an Runair, Balranald this afternoon.

South Uist: A Green Sandpiper was on the Howmore River this afternoon.


13th July:

Marine Sightings: 2 Risso's Dolphins were in Loch Euphort, North Uist throughout much of today.

Risso's Dolphins, North Uist Risso's Dolphin, Outer Hebrides Risso's Dolphin, Loch Euphort, North Uist Risso's Dolphins (Steve Duffield)


11th July:

South Uist: An adult Baird's Sandpiper was at Ardivachar today.

adult Baird's Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Baird's Sandpiper, South Uist, Outer Hebrides Baird's Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)


10th July:

Insects: 376 moths of 40 species were trapped in South Glendale including 258 True Lovers Knots; another Dark Spectacle as well as 5 Spectacle, a Dark Brocade, Scotch Annulet and 2 Triple-spotted Clay.

Triple-spotted Clay, Outer Hebrides moths Triple-spotted Clay (John Kemp)


9th July:

Benbecula: 9 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Mor.

Insects: A Gothic was trapped on Eriskay last night.

Aethes piercei Gothic Aethes piercei and Gothic (John Kemp)


8th July:

Insects: 62 moths of 17 species were trapped at North Loch Eynort last night and included 6 Brimstone Moths, 1 Northern Spinach, 14 Poplar Hawk-moths, 2 Common Lutestring, 1 Small Fan-footed Wave, 1 Purple Clay, 1 Coxcomb Prominent.

Coxcomb Prominent, Outer Hebrides Moths Northern Spinach, Outer Hebrides moths Coxcomb Prominet and Northern Spinach (John Kemp)


7th July:

North Uist: 7 Storm Petrels were seen from the ferry between Skye and North Uist.

Marine Sightings: 3 Risso's Dolphins, 400 Common Dolphins and a Minke Whale were seen from the ferry between Lochmaddy and Uig today.

Insects: 124 moths / 28 species were trapped in South Glendale last night including a Double Dart and 2 Dark Spectacles.

Dark Spectacle Outer Hebrides moths Double Dart, Outer Hebrides moths Dark Spectacle and Double Dart (John Kemp)


5th July:

1st summer Arctic Tern, Outer Hebrides birds Arctic Tern (John Kemp)

Marine Sightings: 5 Minke Whales were off Tiumpan Head this morning. 3 Humpback Whales were seen from the Ullapool to Stronoway ferry today.


4th July:

Lewis: 5 Black-tailed Godwits dropped in on Fivepenny machair today.


2nd July:

South Uist: An Avocet was at the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning.