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6th August:

South Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on the shore at Howmore.

Insects: 359 moths / 50 species were trapped in South Glendale last night. These included 3 Scotch Annulet, 4 Chevron, 51 Antler Moth, 1 Rustic, 1 Chestnut-coloured Carpet, 1 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 4 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Small Fan-footed Wave, 1 Rustic, 1 Notocelia uddmanniana, 1 Eudonia truncicolella, 2 Eudonia mercurella, 2 Eudonia pallida, 1 Pyrausta despicata, 1 Eana penziana.

92 moths and 29 species were trapped at Carnan last night including a Silver Y, Haworth's Minor, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 16 Small Wainscots and 2 Evergestis pallidata.

Black-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit, Outer Hebrides Lesser Yellow Underwing, Outer Hebrides moths Pyrausta despicata
Black-tailed Godwits (Alan Kennedy); Lesser Yellow Underwing and Pyrausta despicata (John Kemp)


5th August:

South Uist: 4 Sooty Shearwaters and 22 Storm Petrels flew past Ardvule this morning; also 254 Gannets, 39 Fulmars, 509 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Puffins, 5 Black Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 4 Arctic Terns, 12 Kittiwakes and 3 Great Skuas flew south. A Ruff and 3 Whimbrel were also present.The Spoonbill is still on Loch Bee. 7 Black-tailed Godwits were on the shore at Howmore

Black Guillemot Great Skua Ruff Black Guillemot, Bonxie and Ruff (John Kemp)


4th August:

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

juvenile Black-headed Gull Redshank Black-headed Gull and Redshank (John Kemp)


3rd August:

South Uist: Birds heading south off Ardvule early morning included 8 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Skua, 78 Gannets, 75 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Razorbills and 1 Black Guillemot. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the beach at Howmore.

Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater (John Kemp)


2nd August:

South Uist: The Spoonbill was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee again today.

Insects: 581 moths and 34 species were caught in Carinish last night including 3 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 4 Haworth's Minors, an Oblique Carpet and a Rosy Rustic amongst others.

Buzzard Buzzard Spoonbill, Outer Hebrides Gannet Gannet, Outer Hebrides GannetBuzzard (Steve Duffield); Spoonbill (John Kemp); Gannets (Alan Kennedy)


1st August:

North Uist: A Crossbill was at Clachan this morning.

South Uist: 18 Black-tailed Godwits were on the beach at Howmore this morning. The Spoonbill is still in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Insects: 223 moths / 51 species were caught in South Glendale last night. These included 1 Lesser Common Rustic, 2 Rustic, 2 Chevron, 1 Thyme Pug, 3 Wormwood Pugs,1 Barred Rivulet, 2 Small Rivulet,1 Six-striped Rustic, 1 Udea lutealis, 2 Eudonia mercurella, Eudonia murana, Scoparia ambigualis, Aphelia paleana.

Black-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit Lesser Common Rustic Thyme Pug
Black-tailed Godwits (Alan Kennedy); Lesser Common Rustic and Thyme Pug (John Kemp)