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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2020

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23rd January:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare.

 

22nd January:

Lewis: An Iceland Gull was seen at Tiumpan Head.

North Uist: The pair of Cackling Geese were at Balranald this afternoon; the drake Pintail was also at Loch a' Roe. 2 Iceland Gulls (1 adult) and a Glaucous Gull were seen at Rubh' Arnal.

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

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south at Frobost. A Juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Pintail were on Bornish machair. 7 Scaup were on Loch Bee.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale. A Little Auk was seen off-shore at Brevig where there was also 2 Tree Sparrows and a Jack Snipe.

Cackling Geese, North Uist Cackling Geese (Steve Duffield)

 

21st January:

Harris: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the beach at Huisnuis today.

North Uist: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Loch Grogarry and 90+ Snow Buntings were at Balranald. A juvenile Glauous Gull was at Ardheisker.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Askernish.

 

20th January:

North Uist: 2 or 3 Glaucous Gulls were seen on Baleshare.

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls flew along the shore at Askernish.

 

19th January:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Stornoway Harbour.

North Uist: 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 2 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare today.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Kildonan.

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

 

18th January:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was seen at Steinish this morning.

North Uist: The Snow Goose and 50 Snow Buntings were seen at Balranald today. 3 Glaucous Gulls were at Kyles Paible. A 3 cy Iceland Gull was seen at Clachan a Luib.

Benbecula: A drake Green-winged Teal was on Coot Loch this afternoon and a Little Egret was there in the morning. 45 Brent Geese were een on the North Ford off Gramsdale.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale. 16 Snow Buntings were at Eoligarry. 29 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. A Fieldfare was on Vatersay and a young White-fronted Goose was also there.

juvenile Iceland Gull Iceland Gull (Tristan ap Rheinallt)

 

17th January:

North Uist: At least 3 Glaucous Gulls (2 juveniles and a 2nd winter) were at Rubh' Arnal this afternoon. 4 Glaucous Gulls were seen on Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was at the north end of Loch Bee again this morning.

Barra: 2 Glaucous Gulls flew south off Traigh Eais. The Ring-necked Duck is still at Loch Tangasdale.

 

16th January:

Lewis: 12 Long-tailed Tits were seen in Willowglen, Stornoway.

 

15th January:

North Uist: 4 Two-barred Crossbills were in Langass Wood today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare.

Marine Sightings: A dead Cuvier's beaked whale was found on the shore at Baleshare today.

 

14th January:

North Uist: The Snow Goose was at Balemore this afternoon. A Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese and the drake Pintail were seen at Balranald.

 

12th January:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 30 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare. The Coot is still at Loch Sandary. The drake Pintail was on Loch a Roe, Balranald.

 

11th January:

South Uist: A 1st winter / 2nd cal yr Ring-billed Gull was in North Bay (Mol Mor) this afternoon. 5 Scaup were on Loch Bee. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardivachar. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Little Auk flew past Tangasdale this morning. The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tangasdale.

Scaup, Loch Bee 1st winter Ring-billed Gull Ring-billed Gull, Outer Hebrides Ring-billed Gull, South Uist Ring-billed Gull
Scaup and Ring-billed Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

10th January:

Lewis: An adult Iceland Gull was seen at Tiumpan Head.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the shore at Baleshare this morning.

 

9th January:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull, 26 Brent Geese, 30+ Snow Buntings and a Chiffchaff were at Rubh' Arnal / Balemore. A Lapland Bunting and 2 Snow Buntings were at Knockintorran.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning. A Glaucous Gull flew over Ardivachar this afternoon.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is still at Tangasdale and 2 Tree Sparrows are at Brevig.

Chiffchaff, North Uist, January Chiffchaff (Steve Duffield)

 

8th January:

North Uist: The Snow Goose was at Knockintorran today. The drake Pintail was at Loch a Roe and a Fieldfare was at Balranald. A juvenile Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal / Balemore.

 

6th January:

North Uist: 16 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at the north end of Baleshare today.

South Uist: 33 Gannets, 24 Red-throated Divers, 19 Great Northern Divers, 1 Razorbill, 2 Black Guillemots, 24 Eiders, 6 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 Red-breasted Merganser flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Great Northern Diver Brent Geese, Outer Hebrides Great Northern Diver (John Kemp); Brent Geese (Joe Newman)

 

4th January:

North Uist: The 2 Cackling Geese were seen amongst Barnacles at Balranald today; also a large flock of Snow Buntings and a drake Pintail on Loch a' Roe. The Gyr Falcon was seen on Baleshare this afternoon just before 3 pm at NF782618. An Iceland Gull was seen on Berneray; also a couple of Pink-footed Geese there. 94 Brent Geese were seen on the North Ford.

Benbecula: The Little Egret was still at Coot Loch today; also a drake Pintail there.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tangasdale. A Common Scoter was off Ardmhor. 20 Snow Buntings were at Eoligarry.

Little Egret, Benbecula Little Egret (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd January:

North Uist: Around 300 Snow Buntings were at Balranald today and a drake Pintail was on Loch a' Roe. 12 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was seen at Coot Loch.

South Uist: 2 Scaup were on Loch Bee. 2 Snow Buntings were seen at Kilaulay.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tangasdale. 2 Tree Sparrows were in Brevig.

Snow Buntings, Outer Hebrides Snow Buntings (Steve Duffield)

 

2nd January:

South Uist: 11 Brent Geese were on the South Ford off Hebridean Jewellery today.

 

1st January: Happy New Year

North Uist: The pair of Cackling Geese were at Balranald again today. A juvenile Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal. 2 Pink-footed Geese were on Baleshare.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tangasdale. 25 Snow Buntings were at Eoligarry. 2 Tree Sparrows were at Brevig.