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19th October:

North Uist: The regular returning pair of Cackling Geese were at Balranald this afternoon.

Benbecula: The Buff-bellied Pipit was seen in Stinky Bay again this morning; also a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull there. The Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch. 50 Long-tailed Ducks were seen in Culla Bay.

South Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at Carnan at 17:30.

Buff-bellied Pipit, Stinky Bay Buff-bellied Pipit, Stinky Bay 1st winter Mediterranean Gull
Buff-bellied Pipit (John Kemp); Mediterranean Gull (Bob McMillan)

Black-throated Divers Eider Slavonian Grebe
Black-throated Divers, Eider and Slavonian Grebe (Steve Duffield)

 

18th October:

Lewis: The Little Egret was at Loch Stiapabhat.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is on HIrta.

Benbecula: A Buff-bellied Pipit was in Stinky Bay this morning; also a Pectoral Sandpiper there. The Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher is at Morghan, at Northbay House. The American Golden Plover was heard calling at Traigh Mhor.

Buff-bellied Pipit, Stinky Bay Buff-bellied Pipit Pectoral Sandpiper Buff-bellied Pipit and Pectoral Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

17th October:

Lewis: The Little Egret is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

Harris: A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Teilishnish. A Wheatear and 20 Redwings were at Bunavonaeder.

Benbecula: The Black-necked Grebe was still on Coot Loch this morning.

South Uist: A Ruff was at West Gerinish and 15 Black-tailed Godwits were at Stoneybridge. A possible Todd's Canada Goose was by Loch Bornish; also a female Pintail and 120 Black-tailed Godwits along the shore at Ardvule.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher is at Morghan, at Northbay House. A Red-backed Shrike was at Cuithir and the American Golden Plover was at Traigh Mhor.

Insects: A Rusty Dot Pearl was found inside the house at 7 Carinish last night. Large numbers of Red Admirals and Silver Y moths were around today with an interesting record from Neist Point on Skye where they were seen flying in from the sea from North Uist direction.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale was seen off Eoropie today.

Rusty Dot Pearl Rusty Dot Pearl (Steve Duffield)

 

16th October:

Lewis: The Little Egret is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

Harris: 13 Whooper Swans flew south at Miavaig this morning.

North Uist: A Siberian Chiffchaff was in Carinish this morning. The regular returning pair of Cackling Geese were amongst a large flock of Barnacle Geese in Loch Paible today.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at West Loch Ollay.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher is at Morghan, at Northbay House. A Red-backed Shrike was at Cuithir.

Insects: A Silver Y and a Brindle Ochre were trapped in South Glendale last night whilst an Emmelina monodactyla  was netted off Buddleia. Silver Y moths were also seen in Carinish and 2 at Callernish House today.

Emmelina monodactyla  Emmelina monodactyla (John Kemp)

 

15th October:

Lewis: A Little Egret is at Loch Stiapabhat.

St. Kilda: Around 1,500 Redwings were on Hirta today; also a Water Rail, 3 Snow Buntings, a Lapland Bunting and a Common Sandpiper.

North Uist: The Pied Flycatcher was at Cheese Bay this morning. A Willow Warbler was at Claddach Baleshare.

Benbecula: The Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch. A Swallow was in Balivanich. Good passage of Whooper Swans today and lots of Redwings around with 100+ in Torlum along.

South Uist: A Pied Flycatcher is in North Loch Eynort; also a Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff there.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher is at Morghan, at Northbay House. A Red-backed Shrike was at Cuithir. The American Golden Plover was on Traigh Mor this afternoon briefly before flying towards the machair; also a Pied Flycatcher on the island.

Willow Warbler, Outer Hebrides, October Pied Flycatcher Willow Warbler (Steve Duffield); Pied Flycatcher (Alan Kennedy)

 

14th October:

Lewis: A Little Egret is at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Pied Flycatcher was at Cheese Bay.

Benbecula: The Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch.

Barra: A Barred Warbler and a Red-breasted Flycatcher were seen today.

 

13th October:

St. Kilda: The Short-toed Lark was seen again today; also 2 Common Sandpipers were present.

Benbecula: The Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch and around 60 Barnacle Geese flew south over there this morning.

Barra: An American Golden Plover was seen in flight at Eoligarry and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Cuithir.

Black-necked Grebe, Coot Loch Black-necked Grebe, Outer Hebrides Black-necked Grebe (Steve Duffield)

 

12th October:

St. Kilda: A Buff-bellied Pipit and the Short-toed Lark are still present; also around 50 Redwings today.

Harris: 4 Pink-footed Geese and 9 Whooper Swans were at Seilebost. 15 Barnacle Geese flew south-west over Northton.

North Uist: Large numbers of Barnacle Geese were scattered around the island today with many moving south in the dreich conditions. 50 Pink-footed Geese flew south over the Committee Road around midday.

South Uist: 750 Barnacle Geese flew south, Orosay - Kilpheder (10:28 - 12:02); also 16 Black-tailed Godwits were present. A Blackcap and 3 Redwings were at Howmore.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail and the Kingfisher are still on the island.

Grey Seals Blackcap Grey Seals (John Kemp); Blackcap (Alan Kennedy)

 

11th October:

Harris: 400 Barnacle Geese and 100 Pink-footed Geese were seen heading south over Huisinish in half an hour this morning. 380 Barancle Geese flew south over Northton (10:30 - 11:00); also a Redwing and a Chiffchaff there.

North Uist: 2,000 Barnacle Geese and 32 pale-bellied Brent Geese were off Grenitote picnic area this afternoon.

Benbecula: A Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen today.

 

10th October:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater and a Manx Shearwater flew west past the Butt this morning. 4 Manx Shearwater flew west past the Butt this afternoon and 40 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east.

Benbecula: A Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Snow Bunting was on Ormiclate machair. 172 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Bornish. A Pomarine Skua flew south past Ardvule; also 384 Gannets, 11 Great Northern Divers, 61 Kittiwakes and a Storm Petrel. A Whimbrel was also present at Ardvule.

Pomarine Skua Whimbrel Pomarine Skua and Whimbrel (John Kemp)

 

9th October:

St. Kilda: A Buff-bellied Pipit is still on Hirta; also the female Snowy Owl, Short-toed Lark and 55 Snow Buntings.

Benbecula: A Black-necked Grebe was reported from Coot Loch.

South Uist: 3 Sandwich Terns were seen heading inland towards Loch Bee from Ardivachar at 14:30.

 

8th October:

Lewis: A Pectoral Sandpiper was on the machair by Loch Stiapabhat. 2 Bramblings were in Port of Ness. A Little Egret was at Loch Branahuie.

St. Kilda: A Buff-bellied Pipit is still on Hirta; also the female Snowy Owl, Short-toed Lark and 25 Snow Buntings.

Harris: A drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay. 13 Whooper Swans and 20+ Pink-footed Geese were in Seilebost

North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Langass Lodge. 30 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 150 Barnacle Geese were at Grenitote.

Barra: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers and the Kingfisher were seen today.

 

7th October:

North Uist: The American Golden Plover was seen on Baleshare again today. 3 Bramblings were at Langass Lodge.

Barra: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were on the island today and the Kingfisher was seen this evening.

 

6th October:

Lewis: 11 Snow Buntings were at the Butt.

St. Kilda: A Buff-bellied Pipit is still on Hirta.

North Uist: 15 Brent Geese are at Grenitote.

South Uist: A Snow Bunting is at Balgarva. 116 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardivachar. A Brambling was at North Loch Eynort.

Barra: A Barred Warbler was at Brevig.

Merlin, South Uist Snow Bunting Wheatear Merlin, Snow Bunting and Wheatear (Steve Duffield)

 

5th October:

Lewis: The Lesser Yellowlegs was in the flooded field to the north-west of Loch Stiapabhat along with 3 Pectoral Sandpipers. 3 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. 6 Bramblings were in Port of Ness.

St. Kilda: A Buff-bellied Pipit and the Short-toed Lark are still present today along with 2 Lapland Buntings and 25 Snow Buntings.

Harris: A Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay.

North Uist: The juvenile American Golden Plover is still on Baleshare.

South Uist: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was on the west side of Loch Bee by the outflow near the aerial target compound. Small flocks of both Pink-footed Geese and Barnacle Geese heading either east or south over UIst were a regular sight throughout today. 11 Brent Geese were on Eriskay, on the beach near the Politician. A Snow Bunting was on the north side of the Eriskay causeway.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen today.

female Kestrel, Uist Semipalmated Sandpiper, Loch Bee Semipalmated Sandpiper, Loch Bee, 21 Brent Goose
Kestrel (Steve Duffield); Semipalmated Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy); Brent Goose (Vanessa Wright)

 

4th October:

Lewis: The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen at Loch Stiapabhat again this morning; also 4 Ring-necked Ducks and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

St. Kilda: A Buff-bellied Pipit and the Short-toed Lark are still present today.

North Uist: The juvenile American Golden Plover is still on Baleshare. A Lapland Bunting was at Balranald.

South Uist: A Common Rosefinch was in Bornish today. 36 Pink-footed Geese and 47 Black-tailed Godwits were at Bornish.

Barra: A Pied Flyctacher was at Nask. 2 Barred Warblers, a Yellow-browed Warbler and a Common Rosefinch were also on the island.

 

3rd October:

Lewis: The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen at Loch Stiapabhat again this morning and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was present in the afternoon. The 4 Ring-necked Ducks are also still presnet.

St. Kilda: 2 Buff-bellied Pipits, a Short-toed Lark are still present today.

North Uist: A juvenile American Golden Plover was on Baleshare today; also 7 Barnacle Geese.

South Uist: 2 Little Stints were at the southern end of Loch Bee.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Lapland Buntings were seen on the island today.

Marine Sightings: A Fin Whale was seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

juvenile American Golden Plover, North Uist juvenile Hen Harrier, Uist Mediterranean Gull, Lewis Mediterranean Gull, Loch Stiapabhat
American Golden Plover (Steve Duffield); Hen Harrier (Alan Kennedy); Mediterranean Gull (Simon Niederberger)

 

2nd October:

St. Kilda: 2 Buff-bellied Pipits, a Short-toed Lark, 2 Lapland Buntings, 7 Snow Buntings and a White-fronted Goose are on Hirta.

North Uist: A Pomarine Skua and 13 Storm Petrels were seen from the ferry between Uig and Lochmaddy today. 26 Brent Geese and 11 Barnacle Geese were at Sollas.

South Uist: A Snow Bunting was on the shore at Stoneybridge. A Ruff was on Bornish machair. A Semipalmated Sandpiper, a Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, a Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint were reported in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was also reported from the Range.

Curlew Sandpiper Little Stint Semipalmated Sandpiper Snow Bunting
Curlew Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Snow Bunting (Alan Kennedy)

 

1st October:

Lewis: 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and 4 Ring-necked Ducks are at Loch Stiapabhat this morning; the juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs was also seen there today. 18 Snow Buntngs were at the Butt this morning.

Barra: The Common Rosefinch is still at Ardmhor; also Redwing, Barnacle Geese and Whooper Swans new in. The Kingfisher was seen along the coast below Nask today.