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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2024

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31st March:

Lewis: The Green-winged Teal was at Loch Stiapabhat; also 75 Pink-footed Geese and 200 Barnacle Geese here.

North Uist: A couple of Wheatears were reported today.

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

Insects: A Red Chestnut was trapped in South Glendale.

Red Chestnut, Outer Hebrides moths Red Chestnut (John Kemp)

 

30th March:

Lewis: The Green-winged Teal was at Loch Stiapabhat.

South Uist: 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male and female) were seen on west Loch Bee. 17 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch an t-saile and 18 were on the Range at LA2.

Marine Sightings: 5 Orcas were seen off Tiumpan Head whilst a White-beaked Dolphin, Risso's Dolphin and Humpback Whale were off Port of Ness.

male Kestrel Redshank Kestrel and Redshank (John Kemp)

 

29th March:

Lewis: The Green-winged Teal was at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Rubh' Arnal. 22 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Claddach Kirkibost this evening.

South Uist: The male Hawfinch is still in Bornish. A female Velvet Scoter was on West Loch Ollay; also 30 Greenland White-fronted Geese dropped in. 2 Pintail, 12 Shoveler and 39 Black-tailed Godwits were at ARdvule whilst 3 Barnacle Geese and 41 Pink-footed Geese flew north. 16 Barnacle Geese flew north at South Glendale. The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Bee. 12 White-fronted Geese flew over Stoneybridge.

Goldcrest, Outer Hebrides birds Goldcrest (John Kemp)

 

28th March:

Lewis: The Green-winged Teal was at Loch Stiapabhat.

South Uist: A male Hawfinch was in Bornish.

 

27th March:

Lewis: The Green-winged Teal and 2 Pintail were at Loch Stiapabhat.

Harris: The drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay.

South Uist: A male Hawfinch was in Bornish.

 

26th March:

North Uist: 126 Whooper Swans (in 3 flocks) flew north-west over Claddach Kirkibost this morning.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. 3 Velvet Scoters and a female Scaup are on West Loch Ollay. A Wheatear was at Hallan cemetery.

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

Marine Sightings: At least 6 Humpback Whales were off Portnagurain, Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

25th March:

Lewis: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour this evening.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Kyles Paible this moring. A Manx Shearwater was seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. A Chiffchaff was in South Glendale.

Insects: Single Early Grey moths were caught in South Glendale and North Loch Eynort last night.

Early Grey moth, Outer Hebrides Chiffchaff, Outer Hebrides Early Grey and Chiffchaff (John Kemp)

 

24th March:

North Uist: 3 Iceland Gulls were at Rubh' Arnal; also 120 Brent Geese there. An adult Iceland Gull was on Loch Hosta. 40 Whooper Swans flanded on the sands to the north of Baleshare late afternoon.

Benbecula: A Wheatear was seen near Coot Loch.

South Uist: An Avocet was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. The drake Ring-necked Duck and 5 Scaup were on west Loch Bee.

Barra: A Wheatear was seen at Traigh Mhor.

Avocet, Outer Hebrides birds Long-tailed Duck, Outer Hebrides birds Otter, Outer Hebrides Avocet and Long-tailed Duck (Alan Kennedy); Otter (John Kemp)

 

23rd March:

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. The drake Ring-necked Duck and 5 Scaup were at the south-west end of Loch Bee whilst a pair of Pintail were in the north-west corner.

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

Green-winged Teal, Outer Hebrides BIrds Green-winged Teal (Alan Kennedy)

 

22nd March:

Lewis: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour this afternoon.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. 23 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Ardvule whilst 2 Black Guillemots and 116 Kittiwakes flew south off-shore. 2 Fieldfare were in South Glendale.

Black Guillemot Fieldfare, Outer Hebrides birds Black Guillemot and Fieldfare (John Kemp)

 

21st March:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan. A Snow Bunting was seen at the Butt.

South Uist: A seawatch from Ardvule this morning produced a Manx Shearwater, 64 Gannets, 22 Fulmars, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 28 Kittiwakes, 5 Red-throated Divers and 1 Razorbill heading south.

Common Scoters Common Scoters (John Kemp)

 

20th March:

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

North Uist: the Snow Goose was at the east end of Vallay this morning. A White-billed Diver was seen off Weaver's Point, on the northern side of the mouth of Lochmaddy harbour (from the ferry) around midday.

South Uist: 3 female Velvet Scoters are still on West Loch Ollay. An adult Iceland Gull was on the machair at Aird Mhichceil.

Insects: 24 Hebrew Characters, Agonopterix yeatiana and Agonopterix ciliella were trapped in South Glendale last night whilst 20 Hebrew Characters were caught in Carinish.

Agonopterix ciliella, Outer Hebrides moths Agonopterix yeatiana, Outer Hebrides moths Iceland Gull Purple Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides birds Velvet Scoters, Outer Hebrides birds
Agonopterix ciliella and Agonopterix yeatiana (John Kemp); Icelabd Gull, Purple Sandpiper and Velvet Scoters (Alan Kennedy)

 

19th March:

North Uist: A 3rd winter Glaucous Gull and a 2nd winter Iceland Gull were on the machair at Balemore this afternooon.

Barra: A Blue Tit was at Bruernish briefly. A drake Green-winged Teal was at Loch Ob.

 

18th March:

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River.

female Belted Beauty, Outer Hebrides White-tailed Eagle, Outer Hebrides birds White-tailed Eagle, South Uist female Belted Beauty (John Kemp); White-tailed Eagle (Alan Kennedy)

 

15th March:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour this afternoon. 2 drake Goosanders were on Loch Ordais. 5 Snow Buntings were on Coll beach.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male and female) were on west Loch Bee.

5 White-tailed Eagles Great Northern Diver, Outer Hebrides White-tailed Eagles (John Kemp); Great Northern Diver (Steve Duffield)

 

14th March:

Lewis: A White-billed Diver was off Skigersta this afternoon. The Green-winged Teal, 2 Pintail and a Lapland Bunting were seen at Loch Stiapabhat. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour this evening.

Harris: 2 Surf Scoters (male and female) and 5 drake Velvet Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay.

North Uist: 2 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were at Kyles Paible; also the Jackdaw was still there. 5 Snow Buntings were at Balranald.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. 3 female Velvet Scoters were on West Loch Ollay.

Goldcrest Black Guillemot, Outer Hebrides Green-winged Teal, Loch Stiapabhat
Goldcrest (John Kemp); Black Guillemot and Green-winged Teal (Steve Duffield)

 

13th March:

Lewis: The Thayer's-type Gull was in Stornoway harbour this evening.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River.

Barra: A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was on Vatersay.

 

12th March:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: 26 Common Scoters were off the west side of Berneray.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at Clachan, north Loch Bee. The drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River.

Green-winged Teal, Howmore Green-winged Teal (Alan Kennedy)

 

11th March:

Lewis: The probable Thayer's Gull was in Stornoway harbour this morning. The drake Green-winged Teal and 2 Pintail were on Loch Stiapabhat.

 

10th March:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was at Bragar.

North Uist: 32 Whooper Swans flew north-west over Claddach Kirkibost this evening. The Snow Goose was at Sollas. 6 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. 2 Iceland Gulls were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: The Mistle Thrush is still in South Glendale. The Litle Egret was at Clachan, Loch Bee. A drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. The female Lesser Scaup and 3 Velvet Scoters were on West Loch Ollay. A 1st winter Iceland Gull was on Ormiclate machair.

Barra: 2 Chiffchaffs were at Cuithir. 2 Rooks and a Jackdaw were at Scurrival and another Rook was seen over Castlebay. 2 Velvet Scoters were off the causeway to Vatersay.

Insects: 2 Hebrew Characters and a Dotted Border were caught in South Glendale last night whilst at North Loch Eynort trapped a Yellow Horned and 4 Hebrew Characters were trapped. 2 male Belted Beauties were seen at Balranald this afternoon.

Yellow Horned moth, Outer Hebrides Yellow Horned moth, Outer Hebrides Snow Goose at Sollas Snow Buntings, Balranald Snow Buntings, machair
Yellow Horned (John Kemp); Snow Goose and Snow Buntings with Twite (Steve Duffield)

 

9th March:

Lewis: The juvenile Kumlien's / Thayer's Gull was in Stornoway harbour again today.

North Uist: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Aird an Runair. 2 Bonxies flew west over the North Ford causeway in the afternoon.

 

8th March:

Lewis: A juvenile Kumlien's / Thayer's Gull was in Stornoway harbour again today. The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: An adult Kumlien's Gull, 5 Iceland Gulls (2 juveniles, 2 x 2nd w and an adult), 3 Glaucous Gull (3rd w and 2 juveniles), 120 Brent Geese and a Jackdaw were between Kyles Paible and Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: A Mistle Thrush was in South Glendale. A Chiffchaff was in Askernish.

Mislte Thrush Thayers Gull, Stornoway Thayer's Gull , Lewis Mistle Thrush (John Kemp); possible Thayer's Gull (Steve Dodd)

 

7th March:

South Uist: 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male and female) and 6 Scaup were on Loch Bee whilst 15 Black-tailed Godwits were also in the area.

 

6th March:

Lewis: A Green-winged Teal was on Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: The Snow Goose was at Grenitote this morning.

South Uist: 2 Velvet Scoters were on West Loch Ollay.

Lapwing, Baleshare Lapwing (Steve Duffield)

 

5th March:

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

 

4th March:

North Uist: 3 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. The Little Egret was seen just to the south of Grimsay this morning.

South Uist: 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male and female) and 5 Scaup (2 males and 3 female) were on Loch Bee. 2 Common Scoters and 14 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south past Ardvule this morning.

Ring-necked Ducks, Loch Bee drake Teal Ring-necked Ducks with Scaup, plus drake Teal (John Kemp)

 

3rd March:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Loch Stiapabhat. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

South Uist: 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male and female), 5 Scaup and around 75 Whooper Swans were on west Loch Bee.

 

2nd March:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan. A Snow Bunting was at Port of Ness this morning.

Barra: The 2nd winter Little Gull was seen at Eoligarry today.

 

1st March:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: An immature Iceland Gull was at Kyles Paible.

South Uist: A 2nd winter Little Gull was fly-catching at Orosay this morning and 10 Whooper Swans flew north.

Purple Sandpipers Whooper Swans Purple Sandpipers and Whooper Swans (John Kemp)