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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2024

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21st April:

Lewis: A Yellow Wagtail was seen in the Castle Grounds this morning. An adult White-billed Diver was off Skigersta.

South Uist: An Avocet was at the south-west end of Loch Bee.

 

20th April:

Lewis: A seawatch from Port of Ness this morning produced 2 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 23 Whooper Swan, 400 Pinkfeet, 90 Barnacle, and 7 Whimbrel heading north.

Insects: A Peacock butterfly was in South Glendale today.

Peacock Butterfly, Outer Hebrides Peacock butterfly (John Kemp)

 

19th April:

Lewis: 1,000's of Pink-footed Geese were seen heading up the Minch to the east of the Butt.

North Uist: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Eaval. 24 Whooper Swans and a Whimbrel were at Loch Sandary. 2 - 300 Barnacle Geese flew north-west over Carinish in the morning. 20 Whimbrel flew north at Balranald early afternoon. 160 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Lochmaddy late morning and a further 750 were seen heading north up the Minch from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry.

South Uist: 2 Avocets were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Barra: A male and female Garganey were at Eoligarry before flying off to the east this afternoon.

Insects: Green-veined Whites were noted in Carinish and at Langass Lodge whilst a Small Tortoiseshell was at Carnan.

Marine Sightings: 5 Orcas were seen passing Port of Ness this afternoon.

Wheatear, North Uist Greenshank Wheatear (Steve Duffield); Greenshank (John Kemp)

 

18th April:

Lewis: 800 Pink-footed Geese, 100 Barnacle Geese, 6 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 28 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel were in Ness.

St. Kilda: An adult Iceland Gull was on Hirta.

North Uist: 550 Pink-footed Geese and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits flew north-west over Baleshare this afternoon.

Barra: The 2nd winter Little Gull was at Traigh Mhor.

 

17th April:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Eaval. A 3rd winter Icealnd Gull was at Rubh' Arnal; also 50 pale-belied Brent Geese there. 65 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Carinish this afternoon. 40 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Mor, Baleshare and at least 20 were at Loch nam Feithean.

Barra: A Cuckoo was on the island today and a Corncrake reported from there.

Short-eared Owl, North Uist Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

16th April:

Lewis: A Great White Egret is at Loch Stiapabhat. 600 Pink-footed Geese and 80 Barnacle Geese were in Ness.

North Uist: A Little Tern, 6 Common Terns (a couple of Common Terns were also off Stinky Bay) and 18 Black-tailed Godwits were on the North Ford off Carinish this morning. A Dotterel was reported with 300 Golden Plover on Baleshare.

South Uist: The female Lesser Scaup was west Loch Bee along with 3 Scaup. 320+ Black-tailed Godwits were in the Ardkenneth area / north-west Loch Bee. A pair of Pintail and 39 Whooper Swans were on West Loch Ollay. 2 Velvet Scoters and 25 Whooper Swans were at Loch Bornish. A Whimbrel was at Smerclate. 2 Whimbrel were at Ardivachar.

Eider with a crab Eider (Steve Duffield)

 

15th April:

South Uist: A Leach's Petrel was seen heading south off Ardvule this morning and a Manx Shearwater north. 16 Black-tailed Godwits were also in the area.

 

14th April:

Lewis: The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still in Stornoway harbour. The Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan.

Harris: An adult Glaucous Gull and Common Sandpiper were at Meavaig.

North Uist: A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was on Loch Sandary.

South Uist: A Great Skua flew south off Ardvule this morning and 39 Black-tailed Godwits were in the area. A Little Tern was off Balgarva. 50 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch an't-saile and a further 30 were in North Bay / Mol Mor.

Barra: A Little Tern was also seen at Traigh Mhor.

Great Skua Black-tailed Godwit, Outer Hebrides birds Black-tailed Godwit, Outer Hebrides Great Skua (John Kemp); Black-tailed Godwits (Steve Duffield)

 

13th April:

North Uist: An Arctic Tern was on the North Ford, just north of Grimsay this morning.

Barra: A Sandwich Tern was at Traigh Mhor today.

Barnacle Goose, ringed North Uist Barncale Geese (Steve Duffield)

 

12th April:

Lewis: 7 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. The juvenile Glauocous Gul was in Stornoway harbour and the Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan.

South Uist: The female Lesser Scaup is still on West Loch Ollay.

 

11th April:

North Uist:2 Lapland Buntings were at Balranald this afternoon.

 

10th April:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck is on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: 100 - 200 Barnacle Geese flew north over Carinish early this morning.

 

9th April:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: A Stock Dove was on the machair at Balranald this morning. A female Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Mor, Baleshare.

South Uist: 285 Kittiwakes, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar and 1 Great Skua flew north off Ardvule this morning. Also 124 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Ardvule. The female Lesser Scaup was back on West Loch Ollay.

Marine Sightings: 7 Risso's Dolphins passed Port of Ness this morning.

Insects: A Brown Silver-line, 4 Early Grey, 1 Brindled Ochre, Clouded Drab and an Agonopterix ocellana were trapped in South Glendale last night.

female Ring-necked Duck Baleshare Ring-necked Duck (Steve Duffield)

 

8th April:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck is on Loch Tiumpan. An adult Little Gull and 12 Manx Shearwaters were off POrt of Ness this evening. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: An adult Iceland Gull was at Loch Paible. A drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Eaval. A Red-breasted Goose was with a large flock of Barnacle Geese near Callernish House this afternoon; also at least 23 pale-bellied Brent Geese were with them too. 2 Swallows were at Balelone.

South Uist: The Yellowhammer is still in South Glendale.

Red-breasted Goose, North Uist Ring-necked Duck, North Uist female Hen Harrier, North Uist
Red-breasted Goose, Ring-necked Duck and Hen Harrier (Steve Duffield)

 

7th Aprli:

Lewis: 8 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns flew north past Port of Ness today.

South Uist: 8 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Smerclate. The Yellowhammer was seen briefly in South Glendale.

 

6th April:

South Uist: The Yellowhammer is still in South Glendale.

Barra: 460 Barnacle Geese were at Scurrival and a Swallow was on Vatersay.

 

5th April:

North Uist: A Ring-necked Duck and 17 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Loch Mor, Baleshare.

South Uist: The male Yellowhammer was in South Glendale again today. 2 Swallows and 5 Sand Martins were over the loch behind the Daliburgh co-op. A female Lesser Scaup and 3 Scaup (2 drakes and a female) were on Loch Bee, west of the cuaseway.

Barra: A Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor this afternoon.

female Lesser Scaup, Loch Bee Yellowhammer, South Uist Lesser Scaup and Yellowhammer (Steve Duffield)

 

4th April:

North Uist: 500 Pink-footed Geese and around 40 White-fronted Geese flew north at Balranald this afternoon.

South Uist: A White Wagtail was at Smerclate.

White Wagtail White Wagtail (John Kemp)

 

3rd April:

South Uist: 10 Common Scoter flew south and 128 Barnacle Geese flew north off Ardvule this morning whilst 48 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Ardvule. A Yellowhammer was in South Glendale.

Yellowhammer, Outer Hebrides birds Yellowhammer (John Kemp)

 

2nd April:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and 2nd winter) were at Rubh' Arnal.

 

1st April:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan; also a juvenile Iceland Gul briefly there. A Bonxie was seen passing the Butt whilst 3 Jack Snipe were seen at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: 4 Sand Martins were over Loch Sandary this morning.