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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2022

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31st March:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Branahuie and 4 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour.

North Uist: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Balranald. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Rushgarry, Berneray.

South Uist: A Great White Egret was seen at Stilligarry this afternoon.

Great White Egret, South Uist Great White Egret (Christine Smith)

 

30th March:

North Uist: A Snow Goose was amongst the Barnacle Geese at the west end of Vallay Island this morning. 2 (pair) of Cackling Geese were at Aird an Runair, Balranald; also 2 Snow Buntings were on the shore there. At least 7 Iceland Gulls and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were at Kyles Paible.

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Craigston along with a juvenile Iceland Gull.

Purple Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Meadow Pipit Snow Bunting Purple Sandpiper, Meadow Pipit and Snow Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

29th March:

North Uist: 5 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal.

 

28th March:

Lewis: 5 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour this morning. The drake Lesser Scaup was on Loch Stiapabhat. A White-billed Diver was off Skigersta.

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch nam Feithean. A Cackling Goose was at Knockintorran, just south of Loch Sandary. 2 immature Glaucous Gulls were on the North Ford, off Carinish this evening.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee with a second (Welsh, colour-ringed individual) present in the afternoon.

Insects: 2 Peacock butterflies were seen in Carinish this afternoon.

 

27th March:

Lewis: 4 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour. 3 Snow Buntings were at Shawbost.

North Uist: A Snow Goose was seen on Vallay. 42 Common Scoters were in the Sound of Pabbay, off Berneray.

Barra: A Jackdaw was at Eoligarry.

 

26th March:

North Uist: 2 Glaucous Gulls (juvenile and 2nd w), 2 juvenile Kumlien's Gulls and 17 Iceland Gulls (1 adult) were between Rubh' Arnal and Kyles Paible. 116 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal and 30 White-fronted Geese flew north there around midday. 28 Whooper Swans flew north-west over Carinish this morning. Another 37 Whooper Swans flew north at Carinish around 13:30.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning there was a northerly passage of 13 Whooper Swans, 11 Greylag geese and 235 Greenland Whitefronts (in 2 flocks at 09:49). Also 75 Black-tailed Godwits there. Also 29 Black-headed Gulls and 62 Oystercatchers heading N out to sea off the point. A Chiffchaff was in South Glendale.

Insects: A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was seen at Loch Sandary. 10 male and 16 female Belted Beauty moths were seen just south of Ardvule today.

female Belted Beauty, Outer Hebrides male Belted Beauty, Outer Hebrides juvenile Iceland Gull Skylark
Belted Beauties (John Kemp); Iceland Gull and Skylark (Steve Duffield)

 

25th March:

Wheatears are thinly but widely distributed already this year with birds seen at Sgarasta, Harris, at Carnach, Claddach Baleshare and Carinish in North Uist; and at the north end of Benbecula just this morning.

North Uist: The Snow Goose was at Malaclate this afternoon. 22 White-fronted Geese flew west over Vallay. A Cackling Goose was at Sollas. 18 White-fronted Geese landed at Loch nam Feithean.

Insects: Moth trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced a Yellow Horned, 6 Early Grey and an Autumn Green Carpet.

Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides Snow Goose, Outer Hebrides White-tailed Eagle, Committee Road Short-eared Owl, Snow Goose and White-tailed Eagle (Steve Duffield)

Early Grey Yellow Horned Early Grey and Yellow Horned (John Kemp)

 

24th March:

Lewis: 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour. 70 Whooper Swans flew north at Carloway.

North Uist: 14 White-fronted Geese flew over Loch Mor, Baleshare this morning. At least 2 male Wheatears are in Carinish.

South Uist: A Wheatear was at Cladh Hallan Cemetery.

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Borve.

Insects: A Double-striped Pug, Dotted Border and 2 Agonopterix yeatiana were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Agonopterix yeatiana Dotted Border - Outer Hebrides Moths Double-striped Pug - Outer Hebrides Moths
Agonopterix yeatiana, Dotted Border and Double-striped Pug (John Kemp)

 

23rd March:

North Uist: 2 Cackling Geese (pair) were at Aird an Runair, Balranald. 11 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean. 8 Iceland Gulls (an adult, 3rd w, 3 x 2nd w and 3 x juvenile) and a 3rd winter Kumlien's Gull were on the beach at Kyles Paible.

 

22nd March:

Benbecula: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a 2nd winter and a juvenile) and a juvenile Iceland Gull were off Balivanich. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were at Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee. A male Wheatear was in South Glendale today.

Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

21st March:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup was on Loch Stiapabhat.

 

20th March:

Lewis: A Chiffchaff was singing at Skigersta. The drake Lesser Scaup and a drake Ring-necked Duck were on Loch Stiapabhat today.

St.Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen on Hirta.

North Uist: A Wheatear was in Carinish.

South Uist: A Little Egret (unringed) was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: A Wheatear was seen at Brevig. 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were also at Brevig and 2 Green-winged Teal were at Ardmhor.

Insects: A Yellow Horned was trapped at Keose, Lewis last night and is the first record for the Outer Hebrides.

Yellow Horned moth Outer Hebrides Yellow Horned (Debbie Storrow)

 

19th March

North Uist: A drake Garganey was seen on Baleshare today.

 

18th March:

Lewis: 5 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour.

South Uist: A Siberian Chiffchaff is in Askernish. A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee.

 

17th March:

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

Barra: The Kumlien's Gull is still at Borve.

 

16th March:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup and a drake Ring-necked Duck were on Loch Stiapabhat today.

 

15th March:

Lewis: 7 juvenile Iceland Gulls and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were in Stornoway harbour.

 

14th March:

Lewis: The drake Lesser Scaup was back on Loch Stiapabhat today.

Benbecula: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still on the beach in Balivanich. A drake Pochard and Little Egret were at Coot Loch.

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Borve. 2 Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor.

 

13th March:

North Uist: 25 Whooper Swans flew north-west over Carinish this morning.

Benbecula: The Pochard is still on Coot Loch. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and a juvenile) were on the beach in Balivanich.

South Uist: 58 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Scaup were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. A juvenle Iceland Gull was at LA2 on the Range. A juvenile Iceland Gull was in North Bay (Mol Mor) and another juvenile was at Ardivachar. A Spotted Redshank flew south over Askernish.

Marine Sightings: 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardivachar this afternoon.

juvenile Iceland Gull, Uist female Scaup, Outer Hebrides pair of Scaup, Uist Iceland Gull and Scaup (Steve Duffield)

 

12th March:

Lewis: 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour.

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull is still at Borve.

Marine Sightings: Around 300 Common Dolphins and 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry this morning.

 

11th March:

South Uist: A Siberian Chiffchaff was in Askernish.

Barra: A juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Borve.

 

10th March:

Lewis: 6 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour. An adult Iceland Gull was at North Tolsta

Harris: An adult Iceland Gull was reported from Bunavoneader.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was in fields at Balemore, south of Loch Sandary. 12 Iceland Gulls (3 adults and 9 immature) and 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and a juveile) were at Rubh' Arnal. 2 Cackling Geese were at Balranald.

Benbecula: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still in Balivanich this morning along with 2 Iceland Gulls (a juvenile and an adult). The female Lesser Scaup and drake Pochard were on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A drake Ring-necked Duck was at the south end of Loch Bee; also 4 Scaup (3 female) were on the loch. 2 Little Egrets (both ringed and one colour-ringed) were at the north end of Loch Bee. 53 Black-tailed Godwits were in the north bay at Ardvule; also 5 Common Scoter past (4 south and 1 north); also 5 Shoveler on the loch there. A Little Egret was at Loch Bornish. 2 Lesser Scaup were on West Loch Ollay.

 

9th March:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare.

Benbecula: The female Lesser Scaup and drake Pochard were on Coot Loch. 2 Iceland Gulls, a juvenile Glaucous Gull and 9 Snow Buntings were on the beach in Balivanich.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at Clachan, north Loch Bee again this morning. This was joined by a second bird (the colour-ringed Welsh individual) this afternoon. 4 Scaup (a male and 3 females) were on Loch Bee.

 

8th March:

Benbecula: The Lesser Scaup is still on Coot Loch; also a drake Pochard there. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and juvenile) were on the beach at Balivanich. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still in Culla Bay.

South Uist: The 1st yr drake American Wigeon was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. 2 Lesser Scaup were on West Loch Ollay.

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Borve.

 

7th March:

North Uist: The Snow Goose was on Grenitote machair today. A Cackling Goose was to the south of Loch Sandary. An adult Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull were near Rubh' Arnal; also 44 pale-bellied Brent Geese were there.

Benbecula: The Lesser Scaup is still on Coot Loch. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 25+ Snow Buntings were at Culla Bay. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and juvenile) were on the beach by the airport in Balivanich.

South Uist: A Little Egret was by Hebridean Jewellery early afternoon.

juvenile Glaucous Gull with Herring Gull Iceland Gull Glaucous Gull with Herring Gull and Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

6th March:

Lewis: 7 Iceland Gulls (6 juveniles and a 3rd winter) were in Stornoway harbour today.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was to the west of Loch Sandary.

Benbecula: The Lesser Scaup is still on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning. A drake American Wigeon was also at the north end of Loch Bee. 2 Lesser Scaup were on West Loch Ollay.

Barra: A 2nd winter Iceland Gull flew south at Caolas in the afternoon.

Barnacle Geese, North Uist Cackling Goose, North Uist Barnacle Geese and Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

5th March:

North Uist: 2 Cackling Geese were on the south side of Loch nam Feithean. Another Cackling Goose was by Loch Sandary.

Benbecula: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Culla Bay.

South Uist: 2 Lesser Scaup and a Coot were at West Loch Ollay. A Little Egret was at Loch Tornish. A Little Egret was at Clachan, at the north end of Loch Bee.

Barra: A Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor and a Siberian Chiffchaff was at Brevig.

 

4th March:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Loch Ordais.

Benbecula: The female Lesser Scaup is still on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A ringed Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

 

3rd March:

Lewis: 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway harbour.

Barra: The Kumlien's Gull is still at Borve.

 

2nd March:

Barra: The juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Borve.

 

1st March:

Benbecula: The female Lesser Scaup is still on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee this afternoon. 2 Lesser Scaups are still at West Loch Ollay. An Iceland Gull was at Wset Gerinish on the range at LA2.