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31st October:

South Uist: A male Blackcap was in South Glendale today.

Barra: The Surf Scoter is still off Allasdale and the Green-winged Teal at Ardmhor.

 

30th October:

Harris: A Hoopoe was reported from Diracleit; also a female Blackcap there.

North Uist: A Wheatear was seen on Berneray. A Little Egret was seen in flight, heading south on the east side of Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: A Little Egret was seen at Carnan this afternoon.

Barra: The Surf Scoter was still off Craigston and the Yellow-browed Warbler was at Cuithir.

Wheatear Wheatear, Berneray Wheatear (Martin Benson)

 

29th October:

Lewis: A Long-tailed Skua was seen at Port Stoth near the Butt.

Harris: 2 drake Surf Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay. 12 Black-tailed Godwits were at Luskentyre estuary.

North Uist: A Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, 20+ Lesser Redpolls, 10 Siskins and a Woodcock were in Lochmaddy; also a Snow Bunting flew west there this afternoon. A male Blackcap was at Langass Lodge.

South Uist: 2 Little Egrets were at Loch Bornish this morning.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Cuithir today.

Insects: 2 Red Admirals wre in South Glendale today. A Rusty-dot Pearl and an Emmelina monodactyla were seen in South Glendale last night.

Red Admiral, Outer Hebrides Red Admiral (John Kemp)

 

28th October:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Rubh' Arnal. A Swallow was at Craig Hastain and a Brambling at Knockintorran.

South Uist: A Surf Scoter was on Loch Olaidh an Iar (West Loch Ollay). A Little Egret was at Clachan, north Loch Bee at 12:30.

Barra: The juvenile Surf Scoter was off Craigston and the Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor.

Brambling, North Uist Brambling (Steve Duffield)

 

27th October:

Lewis: 35 Snow Buntings and a Fieldfare were at the Butt early afternoon whilst a Puffin was off-shore.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still on Hirta.

North Uist: A Chiffchaff was in Carinish.

South Uist: A Little Auk and 53 Great Northern Divers flew south at Ardvule this morning. 2 Green-winged Teals were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this evening.

Barra: A Surf Scoter was off Craigston today. A Little Egret was in Northbay. The drake Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor this evening.

Marine Sightings: 2 Minke Whales were off Tiumpan Head.

 

26th October:

Lewis: 45 Bramblings were seen from the Stornoway War Memorial and a Blackcap was in Willowglen.

South Uist: A Leach's Petrel flew south at Ardvule this morning. A 1st winter Little Gull at Ardivachar flew onto the Range; later returning to the shore.

Barra: A drake Green-winged Teal was at Ardmhor.

 

25th October:

Lewis: A male Blackcap was seen along the Cross - Skigertsa road.

North Uist: A Common Rosefinch was at Callernish House; also 2 Bramblings, 3 Siskins, 3 Blackcap and a Willow Warbler there. A Ring Ouzel was at Balemore. A Swallow was seen in Paible. A Blackap was at Langass Lodge.

South Uist: The Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee again this morning, at Clachan. Birds heading south at Ardvule today included 379 Gannets, 9 Red-throated Divers, 91 Great Northern Divers, 5 Long-tailed Duck, 32 Kittiwakes and a juv Glaucous Gull.

Barra: A Little Egret was seen on the island today.

Blackcap juvenile Glaucous Gull Blackcap (Steve Duffield); Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

24th October:

Harris: A female Ring Ouzel was at Ammuinsuide this morning.

South Uist: A Marsh Harrier was seen at Loch Altabrug, Stoneybridge. A Yellow Wagtail and Whitethroat were feeding on the shore of the north bay at Ardvule. A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee.

Barra: 4 Sooty Shearwaters flew south at Brevig this afternoon. Also a Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Woodcock and 10 Pink-footed Geese were seen today.

Whitethroat Yellow Wagtail Whitethroat and Yellow Wagtail (John Kemp)

 

23rd October:

South Uist: A Ring Ouzel was seen at Carnan today.

 

22nd October:

St. Kilda: 6 Ring Ouzels, 4 Fieldfare, 1,500 Redwings, a Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 6 Snow Buntings and a Chiffchaff were seen today.

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

North Uist: A Chiffchaff, Brambling and Siskin were in Carinish. A Chiffchaff was at Langass Lodge.

Benbecula: The Black-necked Grebe is still on Coot Loch. A Ring Ouzel was in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: The Snow Goose was on the Range on Eochar machair. A Spotted Redshank was on the north shore of Loch Bee. A Ring Ouzel and 2 Bramblings were in South Glendale today. A Garden Warbler was at Ludag and a Ring Ouzel was on Eriskay.

Marine Sightings: 2 Minke Whales were off Tiumpan Head.

Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

21st October:

Lewis: The Little Egret was at Loch Stiapabhat.

St. Kilda: A Ring Ouzel and a Fieldfare were seen amongst 1,000 Redwings on the island today. 10 Snow Buntings and a juvenile Iceland Gull were also seen.

Harris: The drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay; also a female Scaup there. A Grey Wagtail was at Luskentyre. A Greenland Redpoll was at Northton.

South Uist: A Ring Ouzel was at North Loch Eynort. 2 Little Egret were at Loch Bornish along with 243 Black-tailed Godwits.

Barra: 9+ Ring Ouzels were on the island today.

Greenland Redpoll, Harris Great Northern Diver Greenland Redpoll and Great Northern Diver (Steve Duffield)

 

20th October:

Lewis: 3 Snow Buntings were seen on Tong beach. The Little Egret was at Loch Stiapabhat. A small flock of Bramblings were in Ranish.

Benbecula: The Buff-bellied Pipit was seen in Stinky Bay again today.

South Uist: A Grey Phalarope was seen heading south at Ardvule at 08:45. A Sooty Shearwater, 813 Gannets, 11 Great Northern Divers, 7 Red-throated Divers, 8 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 64 Auk sp., 2 Black Guillemots, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 605 Kittiwakes and 1 Manx Shearwater flew south at Ardvule this morning; also a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was in the south bay there. 150+ Black-tailed Godwits were between Ardvule and Loch Bornish. A Snow Goose was at the Range on Eochar machair; also 3 Lapland Buntings there. A male Blackcap was at Ardkenneth.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Morghan. Also a Ring Ouzel on the island. 56 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Brevig.

Mediterranean Gull, South Uist 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, Outer Hebrides Snow Goose, South Uist Brambling
Mediterranean Gull and Snow Goose (Steve Duffield); Brambling (Karen Macary)

 

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.

Barra: The Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Morghan.

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.