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30th November:

North Uist: 7 Whooper Swans flew south-east over the Lochmaddy road, north of Clachan this morning.

South Uist: 17 Snow Buntings were seen at Ardvule; also 95 Long-tailed Ducks, 10 Great Northern Divers and 17 Red-throated Divers in the north bay there. The Waxwing was still in Askernish today.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was at Loch Tangasdale along with 15 Whooper Swans. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay and 14 Whooper Swans flew high south there.

Long-tailed Ducks, Outer Hebrides Red-throated Diver, Outer Hebrides Long-tailed Ducks and Red-throated Diver (John Kemp)

 

29th November:

North Uist: 49 Common Scoters were off the west side of Berneray. A pale-bellied Brent Goose was amongst the Barnacle Geese and at least 6 Snow Buntings were present. The Snow Goose was seen at Knockintorran this morning. 2 Cackling Geese were also seen amongst the Barnacle Geese at Knockintorran. 30 Snow Buntings were seen near Loch Paible.

South Uist: The Waxwing was still in Askernish. 79 Long-tailed Ducks were seen off Ardvule.

Barra: A Waxwing flew west over Castlebay this afternoon.

Dipper, South Uist Dipper, South Uist Red-throated Diver Twite, Outer Hebrides male Twite, Outer Hebrides
Dipper (Joe Newman); Red-throated Diver (John Kemp); Twite (Steve Duffield)

 

28th November:

Lewis: A 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull was seen at Tiumpan Head; also a Snow Bunting was here.

North Uist: The Snow Goose was seen at Knockintorran today. 70 Snow Buntings and an Iceland Gull were seen at Balranald.

Benbecula: 2 Pink-footed Geese and a Greenland Whiet-fronted Goose were seen at Torlum.

South Uist: A Waxwing was in Askernish. An American Wigeon was reported from Loch Bee and a Little Egret was seen at the north end this morning. 5 Pink-footed Geese flew north at Ardvule.

Snow Goose, N Uist Snow Bunting, N Uist Linnet Snow Goose, Snow Bunting and Linnet (John Kemp)

 

27th November:

North Uist: A Todd's Canada Goose and 2 Cackling Geese were amonst Barnacle Geese at Balranald early this afternoon. The Snow Goose was at Knockintorran.

South Uist: A Waxwing was seen in Askernish.

Todd's Canada Goose, N Uist Todd's Canada Goose, Outer Hebrides Todd's Canada Goose, Outer Hebrides Todd's (interior) Canada Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

26th November:

Lewis: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) were reported from Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: A Todd's Canada Goose and the Snow Goose were seen at Paiblesgarry / Knockintorran this morning; also 2 Black-tailed Godwits here. 17 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal. 60 - 70 Snow Buntings were at Balranald.

Barra: A Grey Wagtail at Brevig, a Long-tailed Tit was still at Castlebay along with at least 1 Fieldfare. There were 2 Snow Buntings on the beach at Eoligarry and nearby 54 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.

Insects: A Scarce Umber was caught in South Glendale last night along with a Diamondback Moth.

Scarce Umber, Outer Hebrides Scarce Umber (John Kemp)

 

25th November:

Lewis: 3 Velvet Scoters were amongst 30 Common Scoters off the north side of the Braigh in Broad Bay along with 18 Red-throated Divers, 130 Great Northern Divers and 800 Eiders. 19 Black-throated Divers were off the south side of the Braigh. A Water Rail was seen in Garrabost today.

North Uist: 20 Fieldfare were at Langass Wood this morning. 6 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south-east at Baleshare.

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

 

24th November:

North Uist: A juvenile White-fronted Goose and a pale-bellied Brent Goose are amongst Barnacle Geese on Berneray this morning. 7 Two-barred Crossbills are still at Langass Wood.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tangasdale.

Two-barred Crossbill, Outer Hebrides 5 Two-barred Crossbills, Langass Two-barred Crossbills (Steve Duffield)

 

23rd November:

North Uist: The 2 Cackling Geese and a Snow Goose were at Knockintorran.; 10 Snow Buntings and a Lapland Bunting also flew over. 2 Snow Buntings and a Tree Sparrow were seen at Rubh' Arnal.

Insects: At North Loch Eynort a single Grey Pine Carpet an Autumn Green Carpet and 10 Blastobasis lacticolella were trapped last night. In South Glendale an Angle Shades and an Acleris hyemana were caught

Snow Goose Snow Goose (John Kemp)

 

22nd November:

North Uist: A Canada Goose was amongst the Barnacle Geese at Sgiobanais, Grenitote this afternoon. 11 Snow Buntings were at Malaclate.

South Uist: A Waxwing, Chiffchaff and Fieldfare were at Loch Eynort.

Canda Goose, Grenitote Canada Goose, North Uist Goldcrest Hen Harier, Outer Hebrides
Canada Goose with Barnacle Geese (Steve Duffield); Goldcrest and Hen Harrier (John Kemp)

 

21st November:

North Uist: The 2 Cackling Geese and the Snow Goose were on the machair Knockintorran whilst a Firecrest and Chiffchaff were in a garden nearby. A juvenile Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was at the north end of Loch Bee.

Barra: 2 Tree Sparrows and a Jack Snipe were at Brevig. The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tangasdale.

Firecrest, North Uist Firecrest, Outer Hebrides Firecrest (Steve Duffield)

 

19th November:

South Uist: 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs were in a garden at Eochar. A Black-tailed Godwit was amongst the Bar-tailed Godwits in North Bay.

Siberian Chiffchaf, Outer Hebrides Siberian Chiffchaff Siberian Chiffchaff, Outer Hebrides Siberian Chiffchaff Siberian Chiffchaff, Outer Hebrides
Siberian Chiffchaffs (Steve Duffield)

 

18th November:

Buzzard, Outer Hebrides Buzzard (John Kemp)

 

17th November:

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew north-west at Baleshare this morning.

South Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule.

Golden Eagle Golden Eagle (John Kemp)

 

16th November:

North Uist: 2 Cackling Geese and a Snow Goose were at Knockintorran again today.

Benbecula: 2 Pink-footed Geese were on Coot Loch.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen at Ardvule. A drake Green-winged Teal was reported from West Gerninish.

Barra: A Waxwing was ar Creachan before flying east. A Long-tailed Tit was in Castlebay. The Ring-necked Duck was at Loch Tangasdale. 47 Black-throated Divers and 2 Velvet Scoters were off Vatersay.

Goldfinch, Outer Hebrides Goldfinch (Steve Duffield)

 

15th November:

North Uist: A Lapland Bunting and at least 30 Snow Buntings were on the machair at Balranald along with a Brambling in a large mixed flock of finches and Skylarks. A drake Pintail was also there at Loch a' Roe. 2 Cackling Geese and a Snow Goose were at Knockintorran. 3 Snow Buntings were seen at Scotvein, Grimsay this morning.

South Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule. A Waxwing was in South Glendale.

Cackling Geese, Outer Hebrides Lapland Bunting, Outer Hebrides Snow Bunting Cackling Geese, Lapland Bunting and Snow Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

14th November:

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was reported from Loch Paible today.

South Uist: 14 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule. 2 Siskins and a Common Redpoll were in South Glendale. The drake Green-winged Teal was seen at the north end of Loch Bee again this morning.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were seen on the island today. 10 Fieldfares and a Chiffchaff were at Glen. The Ring-necked Duck and 34 Whooper Swans were at Loch Tangasdale. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay.

Common Redpoll Common Redpoll, Outer Hebrides Common Redpoll (John Kemp)

 

13th November:

North Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Chiffchaff were by Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 7 Common Scoters flew north at Ardvule; also a Pink-footed Goose and 21 Black-tailed Godwits present. A female Blackcap and 2 Siskins were in South Glendale. A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff, a Chiffchaff and a Long-tailed Tit were at Glen. A Tree Sparrow was at Brevig. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay.

Common Scoters, Outer Hebrides Common Scoters (John Kemp)

 

12th November:

Lewis: 5 Waxwings were seen on Stewart Drive, Stornoway today.

North Uist: 2 Two-barred Crossbills were seen at Langass Wood along with a Waxwing and a Brambling. 30 Snow Buntings were seen on the beach at Balranald.

South Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was seen at the north end of Loch Bee. A 1st cal yr Glaucous Gull flew north at Ardvule; also 11 Black-tailed Godwits there. A Waxwing was seen in Askernish. A Waxwing and female Blackcap were in South Glendale.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tangasdale. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Northbay. 2 Waxwings, a Blackcap and 2 Woodcocks were at Creachan. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay.

Waxwing Waxwing (John Kemp)

 

11th November:

South Uist: 4 Waxwings and a female Blackcap were in South Glendale today. A Great Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning and a Black-tailed Godwit was present. 3 Pintails were on Loch Bornish.

Great Skua Pintail, Outer Hebrides Great Skua and Pintail (John Kemp)

 

10th November:

North Uist: 14 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. A Glaucous Gull was seen at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 4 Wawxings and a female Blackcap are in South Glendale. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is on Loch Tangasdale. A Lapland Bunting and 2 Velvet Scoters were at Vatersay. 2 Tree Sparrows were at Brevig. 3 Blackcaps were at Northbay. A Brambling was at Castlebay.

Waxwing, Outer Hebrides Waxwing (John Kemp)

 

9th November:

Harris: 3 Snow Buntings were at Miavaig.

North Uist: 80+ Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair today.

South Uist: 4 Waxwings, 2 female Blackaps and a Siskin were at Ardvule. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar.

Barra: 2 Velvet Svoters were off Caolos, Vatersay today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew past Scurrival. 2 Tree Sparrows were at Brevig. A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor.

 

8th November:

Lewis: 8 Waxwings were in Stewart Drive, Stornoway.

North Uist: 150 Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair and a Swallow was over the beach.

South Uist: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardvule. 2 female Blackcaps and 4 Waxwings were in South Glendale. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar. 6 Scaup were on Loch Bee. A Black-tailed Godwit was at LA2. A Brambling and Common Redpoll were at Bornish. 7 Common Redpolls and 3 Siskins were at Snishival. A male Blackcap, 9 Fieldfares and 5 Pink-footed Geese were at Askenrish.

juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper Waxwing
White-rumped Sandpiper, Waxwing and Waxwing with Blackcap (John Kemp)

 

6th November:

Harris: A Snow Bunting was seen at Aird Asaig near Tarbet.

North Uist: 3 Waxwings were seen at Langass Woods along with 25 Siskins.

South Uist: 2 Snow Buntings were on Eriskay by the causeway.

Barra: 36 Black-throated Divers were seen in the Sound of Barra. A Waxwing was briefly at Morghan this afternoon. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale. The 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull flew east over Tangasdale. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Ardmhor.

Greenshank Greenshank (John Kemp)

 

5th November:

Harris: A Brambling was at Huisinis.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew over Carinish this morning. The juvenile American Golden Plover was seen at Balemartin today. 8 Crossbills were seen at Ben Risary plantation.

South Uist: 3 White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivachar. A Brambling was in Bornish. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.

Barra: The Brown Shrike was still at Morghan today. Single Waxwings were at Creachan and Nasg. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Garrygall. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale and 6 Snow Buntings flew over Morghan.

Otter, Outer Hebrides Otter (Steve Duffield)

 

4th November:

Harris: 2 Snow Buntings were seen at Miavaig.

North Uist: A juvenile American Golden Plover was seen at Hosta around midday. A female Blackcap was at Sollas.

South Uist: 28 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule. 3 Blackcaps (a male and 2 female) were in South Glendale.

Barra: A Brown Shrike was seen at Morghan today; also a Waxwing and Siskin present briefly.

Insects: A Brindle Ochre was caught in South Glendale last night.

Brindled Ochre juvenile American Golden Plover, Outer Hebrides juvenile Amercan Golden Plover Brindled Ochre (John Kemp); American Golden Plover (Roger Auger)

 

3rd November:

North UIst: 6 Feildfares flew south at Langass Lodge this morning. 15 Black-tailed Godwits and a Coot were at Loch Sandary. 4 Long-tailed Tits are still in Carinish. 3 Two-barred Crossbills were reported from Langass Wood today; also 40 Siskins, 2 Bramblings and 20 Fieldfare mid-morning.

South Uist: 2 juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivchar today. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. 34 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule this morning. A Siberian Chiffchaff and 15 Sikins were at Snishival. 5 Siskins and a Brambling were at Bornish.

Barra: A shirke species was seen at Eoligarry this morning; also a Siberian Chiffchaff was present. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Castlebay and 2 Waxwings flew east there this morning. Several Bramblingsm 2 Blackcaps and 25 Feildfare were at Creachan. A Swallow was at Brevig at dusk. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale. An Iceland Gull was at Craigston. The Great Tit was at Northbay along with a Blackcap and 4 Siskins.

White-rumped Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

2nd November:

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale. 64 Fieldfares and a Brambling were at Brevig, while 5 Siskins, another Brambling and 2 Blackcaps were at Creachan. 59 Black-throated Divers were off the east side of Vatersay this afternoon. Also a late Whimbrel, a Woodcock and a Fieldfare on the headland there and 4 Pink-footed Geese on the roadside at Caolas.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs and 3 White-rumped Sandpipers were are at Ardivachar today. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at LA2. 3 Bramblings, a Chiffchaff and a Woodcock were at Bornish.

 

1st November:

Lewis: 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs were at South Dell. 10 Snow Buntings were at the Butt this morning.

North Uist: 4 Long-tailed Tits and a Woodcock were in Carinish this morning.

Marine Sightings: 4 common Dolphins were seen in the Minch between Stornoway and Ullapool today.

Long-tailed Tit, Outer Hebrides Long-tailed Tit Siberian Chiffchaff Long-tailed Tits (Steve Duffield); Siberian Chiffchaff (Andy Williams)