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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2021

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30th November:

Barra: The Surf Scoter was still off Allasdale. 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a moribund Little Auk were in Castlebay.

 

29th November:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still on Hirta.

 

28th November:

North Uist: A Snow Goose and a "small Canada Goose" were at Grenitote today. A Fieldfare was in Carinish.

Barra: The Siberian Chiffchaff is in Castlebay. The juvenile Surf Scoter is still off Craigston.

Snow Goose in Grenitote Snow Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

27th November:

Lewis: The female Surf Scoter was off the mouth of the River Creed in Stornoway again this morning.

Benbecula: A drake Pintail was on Coot Loch.

South Uist: 2 Lapland Buntings and a Ruff were on Eochar machair.

 

26th November:

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was at Loch Sandary.

Green-winged Teal, Loch Sandary Green-winged Teal with Eurasian Teal, North Uist Green-winged Teal - with Eurasian Teal in second image (Steve Duffield)

 

25th November:

South Uist: The juvenile / female Lesser Scaup was still on Loch an Daill, Carnan today.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff is in Castlebay.

Marine Sightings: 25 -30 Common Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

24th November:

Lewis: A Greenland White-fronted Goose was at Steinish.

South Uist: The juvenile Lesser Scaup was still on Loch an Daill, Carnan this afternoon.

 

23rd November:

North Uist: 3 Cackling Geese (the regular pair and a new bird) were at Kyles Paible this morning.

South Uist: The juvenile Lesser Scaup was still on Loch an Daill, Carnan early this afternoon.

Cackling Goose, Kyles Paible Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

22nd November:

North Uist: 3 Little Auks were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning, just outside Lochmaddy.

South Uist: A juvenile / female Lesser Scaup was at Carnan on the loch opposite Angler's Redtreat B&B today and yeserday. The Spotted Redshank was at Ardkenneth, at the north-west end of Loch Bee.

Marine Sightings: 10 Risso's Dolphins and around 30 Common Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning. Common Dolphins were also seen off the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry in the afternoon.

 

21st November:

Lewis: A drake Lesser Scaup was on Loch Stiapabhat today. 3 Little Auks, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and an Iceland Gull flew past the Butt. An adult and juvenile Iceland Gull were seen in Ness.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew south-east over Carinish this morning. A drake Green-winged Teal is on Loch Sandary. The pair of Cackling Geese were on Balemore machair.

South Uist: A female Common Scoter was seen flying south off Ardvule where it had to avoid the attentions of a Peregrine. A Green-winged Teal was seen in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. A Spotted Redshank and Snow Goose were seen from Ardkenneth. A Lapland Bunting and 8 Snow Buntings were seen at Bornish / Ardvule.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish. a Siberian Chiffchaff and Common Redpoll were in Castlebay.

Cackling Geese, North Uist Twite, Uist Peregrine Falcon, Uist Cackling Geese and Twite (Steve Duffield); Peregrine (John Kemp)

 

20th November:

Lewis: 52 Little Auks and 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew past Labost this morning; also a Snow Bunting there.

Benbecula: A colour-ringed Little Egret was briefly in Stinky Bay this afternoon before flying north along the coast.

Barra: The juvenile Surf Scoter is still off Allasdale. A drake Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor. A Todd's Canada Goose was on Grianamul. A Little Auk was seen from Eoligarry jetty. A Snow Bunting and 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were at Castlebay.

 

19th November:

Lewis: 13 Little Auks, 2 Blue Fulmars and 3 Puffins were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry this morning as well as what was probably a Brunnich's Guillemot heading south.

 

18th November:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater and 2 Bonxies were seen off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

Harris: A dead Little Auk was found on Huisinis beach today.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale, 15 Common Dolphins (in 3 pods) and 3 Harbour Porpoise were seen off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

17th November:

Lewis: The female Surf Scoter is still off the mouth of the River Creed, Stornoway today.

Harris: A pair of Surf Scoters were off Scarista Mhor and a Lapland Bunting was at Northton.

Barra: An adult Iceland Gull flew south at Borve.

 

16th November:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still on Hirta and a Little Auk was in Village Bay.

South Uist: A Little Egret was around the creeks at Clachan at the north end of Loch Bee.

Barra: The juvenile Surf Scoter is still off Allasdale.

 

15th November:

Lewis: A female Surf Scoter was seen at the mouth of the River Creed in Stornoway harbour this morning.

North Uist: 2 Little Auks were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry today. A Little Auk flew west past Maari. 30 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Balranald.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff is in Castlebay.

Marine Sightings: 15 - 20 Common Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

14th November:

Lewis: A Garden Warbler was in Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway today.

 

13th November:

Lewis: A Jack Snipe, Goosander and Gadwall were at Loch Ordais. An immature Glaucous Gull was seen off Tiumpan Head and a Sooty Shearwater flew south there.

North Uist: A Scaup was seen on Baleshare.

South Uist: A juvenile / female Surf Scoter was seen off Ardvule this morning in the south bay.

Barra: The juvenile Surf Scoter is still off Craigston.

Surf Scoter Surf Scoter (John Kemp)

 

11th November:

Lewis: At least 11 Sooty Shearwaters were off the Butt this morning; also 2 Snow Buntings were seen. 2 drake Ring-necked Ducks and 4 Scaup were at Loch Stiapabhat. 4 Pink-footed Geese were in Garrabost today. A pale-bellied Brent Goose was at Fivepenny.

North Uist: A Jack Snipe was seen at Port na Long, Newton Ferry.

South Uist: A Little Egret and 12 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Ardvule. 25 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Bornish.

Barra: The Surf Scoter was off Craigston.

 

9th November:

Lewis: 9 Sooty Shearwaters were reported off Tiumpan Head.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting was seen at Loch Eaval.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was at Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Little Egret was near Hebridean Jewellery this morning.

Barra: A Todd's Canada Goose was at Ardmhor and later flew past Eoligarry in the afternoon. The Surf Scoter is still off Craigston.

Marine Sightings: 5 or 6 Risso's Dolphins headed north past Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

7th November:

North Uist: A sewatch from Griminish Point this morning (09:00 - 12:10) produced the following heading west: 2 White-billed Divers, 17 Great Northern Divers, 18 Red-throated Divers, 96 Gannets, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Little Auks, 17 Puffins, 50 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots, 2 Black Guillemots, 52 Kittiwakes, 7 Eider, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Curlews.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale was spotted off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Sooty Shearwater, Outer Hebrides Sooty Shearwater, Outer Hebrides Sooty Shearwater (Steve Duffield)

 

6th November:

Barra: 2 drake Green-winged Teal were at Ardmhor early afternoon. The Surf Scoter was off Carigston and an Iceland Gull flew past Northbay.

Golden Eagle, South Uist Wigeon Golden Eagle and Wigeon (John Kemp)

 

5th November:

Lewis: 3 Bramblings were in the Manor Park area of Stornoway.

Brambling Brambling (Marie Morrison)

 

4th November:

Harris: 5 Goosanders in the bay at Bunavoneader.

North Uist: A Fieldfare and Goldecrest were in Carinish today.

Barra: The Surf Scoter was off Craigston again today.

Marine Sightings: 2 Minke Whales and 3 Harbour Porpoise were seen off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

3rd November:

North Uist: A Snow Bunting was flying around over the road to Clettreval this morning.

Barra: A juvenile Surf Scoter was off Craigston. 2 Green-winged Teals were at Ardmhor. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Scurrival.

 

2nd November:

North Uist: A Stock Dove was at Aird an Runair, Balranald this morning. 7 Snow Buntings also flew north there as did a Puffin offshore.

Barra: A Little Egret was in Castlebay today.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale and 8 Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

1st November:

South Uist: The Snow Goose was on Eochar machair, just south of Ardivachar this afternoon and a Spotted Redshank was at the north end of Loch Bee at Clachan; also a Little Egret here again.

Snow Goose, Loch Bee Spotted Redshank, Loch Bee Snow Goose and Spotted Redshank (Steve Duffield)