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10th August:

South Uist: 2 Storm Petrels flew south at Ardvule this morning. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore River early this morning. The 2nd winter Little Gull was on Loch an't-Saile. 5 Whimbrel were on the Range and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.


9th August:

South Uist: 24 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee today. 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair at Howmore this morning. 12 Whimbrel flew south over Ardvule this afternoon. The 2nd winter Little Gull was at Loch an't-Saile.

Sand Martins Sand Martins (Alan Kennedy)


7th August:

Lewis: A Kingfisher was seen in Stornoway today between the Porter's Lodge and Bayhead.

South Uist: A Grey-headed Wagtail was near Ormiclate castle.

Marine Sightings: 4 or 5 Humpback Whales were off Tiumpan Head today although distant; also a couple of Risso's Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise.

Grey-headed Wagtail Grey-headed Wagtail (Alan Kennedy)


6th August:

North Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Bhrusda, Berneray.

Benbecula: 2 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits were in fields just south of Balivanich.

South Uist: 11 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Barra: The juvenile Mediterranean Gull was off Allasdale. A Sooty Shearwater flew south past Brevig this evening.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale was seen around 5 km east of Tiumpan Head; also a Minke Whale and Harbour Porpoise this morning there.

Black-tailed Godwit Pebble Prominent caterpillar Common Vetch juvenile Cuckoo
Black-tailed Godwit (Alan Kennedy); Pebble Prominent larva and Common Vetch (Steve Duffield); Cuckoo (John Kemp)


5th August:

Benbecula: 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were reported from Stinky Bay again today.

South Uist: 4 Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit were on the machair at Kildonan.

Barra: 12 Black-tailed Godwits flew south-west over Eoligarry early afternoon.


4th August:

At sea: 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 21 Storm Petrels were seen from the ferry between Barra and Tiree today.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale, 2 Minke Whales and at least 5 Risso's Dolphins were off Aird, Point.

Hen Harrier, Uist Risso's Dolphin, Outer Hebrides Risso's Dolphin breaching Hen Harrier (Alan Kennedy); Risso's Dolphin (Andy Williams)


3rd August:

Benbecula: 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were in Stinky Bay this morning.

South Uist: 12 Black-tailed Godwits flew south at Howmore this morning.

Marine Sightings: 2 Sei Whales were seen recently. 4 HUmpback Whales, 2 Fin Whales and 2 Minke Whales were reported from Tiumpan Head today as well as 5 groups of Risso's Dolphins.

Short-eared Owl Sei Whale, Outer Hebrides Sei Whale, Lewis juvenile Mediterranean Gull with Common Gulls, Stinky Bay
Short-eared Owl (Alan Kennedy); Sei Whale (Andy Williams); Mediterranean Gull with Common Gulls (Steve Duffield)


2nd August:

Harris: A Pectoral Sandpiper and 23 Black-tailed Godwits were seen at Northton.

North Uist: 25 Black-tailed Godwits were at Grenitote.

Benbecula: 18 Black-tailed Godwits flew south over Liniclate this afternoon.

South Uist: 9 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. The Viking Gull is still at Ardivachar. Birds moving south off Ardvule this morning included 18 Fulmars, 1481 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Storm Petrels, 19 Kittiwakes, 5 Arctic Terns, 1 Arctic Skua and 57 Puffins.

Barra: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, c700 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Storm Petrels, 5 Arctic Terns, 3 Great Skuas and 864 Puffins were seen off Vatersay in a 2 hour watch this afternoon.


1st August:

North Uist: Around 100 Black-tailed Godwits flew south over Balranald early afternoon.

South Uist: 34 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Barra: A Tree Pipit was heard over Caolas, Vatersay in the afternoon.

Insects: A Pinion-streaked Snout, 2 Bordered Grey, 5 Barred Red, 4 Light Emerald, 1 Scotch Annulet and 4 second generation Golden-rod Pugs were trapped at Loch Eynort last night; as well as 1 Gracillaria syringella, Eudonia murana and 2 Eudonia truncicolella.

Golden-rod Pug Eudonia tuncicolella Golden-rod Pug and Eudonia truncicolella (John Kemp)