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30th September:

Harris: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Outend car park, Scalpay today.

North Uist: Note Booted Warbler not Blyth's Reed Warbler at Callernish House this morning; also a Yellow-browed Warbler, Willow Warbler and Brambling there. 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Great Northern Divers and 3 Red-throated Divers flew west past Griminish Point (08:55 - 10:25)

Barra: 7+ Yellow-browed Warblers were on the island today.

Booted Warbler Booted Warbler, Outer Hebrides Booted Warbler Outer Hebrides Booted Warbler, Uist Willow Warbler Little Stint
Booted Warbler and Willow Warbler (Steve Duffield); Little Stint (John Kemp)

 

29th September:

Lewis: A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Loch Ordais. 2 Lesser Whitethroats were in Port of Ness. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Ness and 4 were in South Dell.

North Uist: 4 Blue-winged Teal were on Loch Mor, Baleshare this morning. The Lesser Yellowlegs is still at the southern end of Loch Paible (and showing exceptionally well); also a juvenile Little Stint, Ruff and at least 3 Lapland Buntings there.

South Uist: 10 pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen off Hebridean Jewellery heading towards Kilaulay. A Lapland Bunting was at Ardvule. A Curlew Sandpiper was in the north bay at Ardvule. A Black-tailed Gowit was at Ardivachar. 6 Black-tailed Godwits were near Kilpheder this afternoon.

Barra: 6 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen today.

Blue-winged Teal, North Uist juvenle Little Stint Lesser Yellowlegs, Loch Paible Lesser Yellowlegs, Uist Lapland Bunting, Outer Hebrides
Blue-winged Teal, Little Stint and Lesser Yellowlegs (Steve Duffield); Lapland Bunting (John Kemp)

Merlin, Outer Hebrides male Common Hawker
Merlin (John Kemp); Common Hawker (Alan Kennedy)

 

28th September:

Lewis: A Dotterel was near the Butt briefly in the morning; a Jack Snipe was also seen.

St. Kilda: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and the female Snowy Owl werel on Hirta.

North Uist: A Little Egret was seen at Trumisgarry. 12 Barnacle Geese were at Loch Paible. The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen at Loch Paible late this afternoon. A Blue-winged Teal was seen on Loch Mor, Baleshare today.

Benbecula: 5 Black-tailed Godwits were in Stinky Bay this morning.

South Uist: A Pied Flycatcher was seen in Askernish. A juvenile American Golden Plover was on the beach at Balgarva this afternoon. 6 Lapland Buntings and a Pink-footed Goose were at Ardvule.

Barra: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen today.

American Golden Plover American Golden Plover Barnacle Geese Little Egret
American Golden Plover (Alan Kennedy); Barnacle Geese and Little Egret (Sean Cole)

 

27th September:

Lewis: 7 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, a Lesser Whitethroat, Redwing and 3 Chiffchaffs were in Port of Ness today.

North Uist: A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was in Lochmaddy behind Hammersay House. The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen at Loch Paible again this morning; also 2 Ruff and 3 Lapland Buntings. A Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Lapland Buntings were at Knockintorran.

South Uist: A Lapland Bunting was at Howmore. A Lapland Bunting and 21 Black-tailed Godwits were at Drimsdale. 27 Whooper Swans were at Drimore. A Crossbill and a Chiffchaff were at North Loch Eynort.

Barra: 5 Yellow-browed Warbler were on the island today; also a Brambling and Treecreeper were seen.

juvenile Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides Rose-coloured Starling (Glyn Evans)

 

26th September:

Lewis: A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Port of Ness.

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

North Uist: 3 Lapland Buntings were at Loch Paible. 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary. A single Barnacle Goose was at Balranald. The juvenile American Golden Plover was seen with 120 Golden Plover on Baleshare; also 4 Lapland Buntings there. The Lesser Yellowlegs was reported from Paiblesgarry. 3 Barnacle Geese and 2 Pink-footed Geese were at Loch Bhrusda, Berneray. 3 Blue-winged Teals were seen on Loch Mor, Baleshare in the afternoon.

South Uist: 6 Swallows and a Lapland Bunting were seen between Orosay and Kilpheder point. A Barred Warbler was in Howmore today. 21 Black-tailed Godwits were at Balgarva. 10 Brent Geese were near Orasay in the evening.

Barred Warbler Barred Warbler (Alan Kennedy)

 

25th September:

Lewis: A Snow Goose was seen at Callanish in the afternoon. 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew past the Butt late morning.

North Uist: 2 Lapland Buntings were at loch Paible.

Benbecula: A Black-tailed Godwit was in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: 12 Whooper Swans dropped in at Ardnamonie this afternoon. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Ardvule. At least 3 Lapland Buntings were on Ormiclate machair. A female Pintail is on Loch Bee.

Barra: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Creachan and a Ring Ouzel was in North Bay; the Treecreeper was also still present.

Black-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit (Alan Kennedy)

 

24th September:

Lewis: 2 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: The juvenile Amercan Golden Plover was on Baleshare this morning before flying off to the north-west. A single Blue-winged Teal was seen on Loch Mor, Baleshare and 6 Lapland Buntings were also seen on the island. The Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Lag Gorm, Baleshare as well. 1,000's of Pink-footed Geese were seen heading over (largely to the south-east) this afternoon including 2,000 just off-shore from Balranald at 18:00. A juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs was at Loch Paible (on the small pool at the south end). 50 Whooper Swans flew south-eastwards over Berneray in the evening.

Benbecula: A Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff were in Torlum. A Black-tailed Godwit was in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: A Ruff was at LA2 and 8 Brent Geese were on the South Ford. 20 Barnacle Geese flew west off the Pollochar.

Barra: A Treecreeper was seen in Creachan today; also a single Pied Flycatcher still.

Marine Sightings: 2 Killer Whales swam south-eastwards off the Butt late morning.

American Golden Plover American Golden Plover Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs, North Uist juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs
American Golden Plover (John Kemp); Lesser Yellowlegs (Steve Duffield)

 

23rd September:

North Uist: 4 Blue-winged Teal were on Loch Mor, Baleshare; also 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and a Pectoral Sandpiper were at Lag Gorm. A juvenile American Golden Plover was also seen on Baleshare later afternoon.

South Uist: A Little Stint was at Howmore. Another Little Stint was at Balgarva. A Pectoral Sandpiper was on the Range at LA2. A juvenile American Golden Plover

Barra: A 1st winter Citrine Wagtail was at Cleat. Also on the island today were a Yellow-browed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Redwings.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Baleshare Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Pectoral Sandpiper juvenile White-tailed Eagle American Golden Plover Little Stint
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and White-tailed Eagle (Steve Duffield); American Golden Plover and Little Stint (Alan Kennedy).

 

22nd September:

North Uist: 1,400 - 1,500 Pink-footed Geese grounded on sands off Lag Gorm, Baleshare this evening; also a single Barnacle Goose amongst them.

Benbecula: At least 1,000 Pink-footed Geese were seen circling low around Flodaigh this evening.

South Uist: A Ruff was on the shore at Ardvule and 35 Brent Geese landed on the south shore briefly before heading inland. 1,452 Gannets and a Storm Petrel flew south off Ardvule this morning. 200 Pink-footed Geese flew south over South Glendale this evening.

Barra: 590 Pink-footed Geese were on Traigh Mhor this afternoon and 1,200 came in off the sea, south of Brevig this evening. 2 Blue-winged Teal were at Eoligarry again today.

 

21st September:

Lewis: The 4 Blue-winged Teal were still at Kneep on Loch Sgallier by the church of Scotland again this morning and showing well.

North Uist: A Long-tailed Duck flew south off Balranald this morning.

South Uist: A Baird's Sandpiper and the Little Stint were at Balgarva this morning. The Little Egret was at the north-west corner of Loch Bee before flying south. Birds moving south at Ardvule included 619 Gannets, 9 Red-throated Divers, 13 Great Northern Divers, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 19 Kittiwakes, 3 Guillemots, 29 Razorbills and 1 Black Guillemot. 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Lapland Buntings were at Kilpheder.

Barra: The adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in Gleann; also a Yellow-browed Warbler, Pied Flyctacher and 2 Grey Wagtails were around the island.

Baird's Sandpiper, South Uist Baird's Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Storm Petrel Baird's Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Storm Petrel (John Kemp)

 

20th September:

Lewis: 4 Blue-winged Teals were seen at Kneep, close to the church of Scotland this morning. 8 Sooty Shearwaters passed the Butt (08:00 - 10:00).

North Uist: A Blue-winged Teal was at Loch Mor, Baleshare this morning and was apparently present yesterday. A Tree Pipit was seen at Scotvein, Grimsay.

South Uist: A Wood Sandpiper was at Balgarva. 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 4 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule this morning. A Little Egret was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this evening.

Barra: A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Gleann today, just east of Castlebay. A Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Pied Flycatchers were also seen on the island today.

Marine Sightings: 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins swam south off Ardvule today.

Insects: 57 moths of 12 species were trapped at North Loch Eynort last night including 1 Barred Red, 26 Grey Pine Carpet, 1 Autumn Green Carpet, 1 Vestal, 1 Brindle Ochre and 2 Red-line Quaker. At South Glendale 132 moths of 14 species were caught including 2 Angle Shades, 44 Small Wainscot, 3 Large Wainscot, 1 Lunar Underwing and an Eana penziana.

Autumn Green Carpet Large and Small Wainscot Vestal Autumn Green Carpet, Large and Small Wainscot, Vestal (John kemp)

 

19th September:

South Uist: The female Blue-winged Teal was at Loch Ardvule again today and the Lapland Bunting was seen brielfy. A juvenile Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were at Balgarva.

Barra: A Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Whinchat and Common Tern were around the island today.

 

18th September:

Lewis: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais today. 20 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: 2 Lapland Buntings were at Balranald. A Little Egret was at Trumisgarry. A Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and a Lapland Bunting were seen at Loch Paible this morning.

South Uist: A Blue-winged Teal was at Loch Ardvule and a Lapland Bunting was also present. 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Stint were at Balgarva early evening. An adult Pomaine Skua and 7 Storm Petrels were seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry this morning. 2 Garden Warblers and a Greenland Redpoll were in Askernish.

Marine Sightings: Lots of Habrour Porpoise, 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins, several Common Dolphins and a Minke Whale were seen from the Skye - Lochmaddy ferry this morning. 40+ Common Dolphins and 16 Harbour Porpoise were seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry this morning.

Insects: There was a good scattering of Red Admirals today including 5 in South Glendale along with a Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock butterfly.

Blue-winged Teal, Outer Hebrides Lapland Bunting Little Stint
Blue-winged Teal, Lapland Bunting and Little Stint (Steve Duffield)

Little Egret Lapland Bunting Wheatear
Little Egret (Bob McMillan); Lapland Bunting and Wheatear (Alan Kennedy)

 

17th September:

Lewis: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais today and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew north. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at the Butt. 12 Lapland Buntings were also seen at the Butt and a Pied Flycatcher was in Port of Ness.

North Uist: A Ruff and 5 Black-tailed Godwits were at Sollas. A Little Egret was seen near the junction of the A865 and B893. A Chiffchaff was in Lochmaddy.

South Uist: A juvenile Little Stint and 3 Curlew Sandpipers were at Hebridean Jewellery. A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull was at Ardvule. A Pomarine Skua, 15 Storm Petrels and 14 Bonxies were seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry this morning. A Whimbrel flew south-west over South Lochboisdale this morning. A Little Stint was seen at Orosay and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair nearby.

Marine Sightings: 3 Minke Whales and around 30 Common Dolphins were seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry this morning.

Insects: A Canary-shouldered Thorn was seen at Carnan last night.

Angle Shades Little Stint Angle Shades (Bob McMillan); Little Stint (Alan Kennedy)

 

16th September:

Lewis: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais today. 16 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: 2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen on Baleshare in the morning. 6 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east off Carinish this morning. 2 Ruff were at Loch Sandary. A Lapland Bunting was seen at Carinish. 2 Lapland Buntings were on Baleshare. A Chiffchaff and Blackcap were at Langass Lodge.

South Uist: 3 Curlew Sandpipers were off Hebridean Jewellery today. A Lapland Bunting was at the Howore River mouth. An Osprey flew south at Kildonan this afternoon; also 2 Common Terns on the beach there. 130 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east through the Sound of Barra this morning. A Turtle Dove was in a garden in Howmore at dusk. 2 Lapland Buntings and 24 Black-tailed Godwits were at Kilpheder. 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff were at Boisdale.

Marine Sightings: 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were in the Sound of Barra this morning.

Curlew Sandpipers Curlew Sandpipers (Bob McMillan)

 

15th September:

Lewis: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais today. 21 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were on Baleshare amongst the Golden Plover this morning. A Pectoral Sandpiper flew south-eastwards along the shore and a Curlew Sandpiper was on the beach. 13 Lapland Buntings were also seen on Baleshare and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen there this evening. 3 Lapland Buntings and 20 Black-tailed Godwits were at Balranald. The Baird's Sandpiper was also reported from Lag Gorm, Baleshare this morning.

Benbecula: 50 Pink-footed Geese came in off the sea at Stinky Bay this evening.

South Uist: 6 Whooper Swans flew south at Howmore. 3 Curlew Sandpipers were off Hebridean Jewellery.

Barra: A Wryneck was at Cuithir; also 2 Lesser Whitethroats were on the island.

Marine Sightings: 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were in the Sound of Barra this morning.

Insects: 222 moths / 23 species were trapped in South Glendale and included 1 Mouse Moth, 1 Northern Deep-brown Dart, 1 Brindled Ochre, 6 Lunar Underwing, 35 Small Wainscot, 2 Mompha locupletella, 2 Acleris effractana, 3 Acleris aspersana, 3 Acleris variegana and 1 Agonopterix kaekeritziana.

Mompha locuplatella Lunar Underwing Brindled Ochre
Mompha locupletella, Lunar Underwing and Brindled Ochre (John Kemp)

 

14th September:

Lewis: 34 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt.

North Uist: The Baird's Sandpiper and 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers are still at the north-west end of Baleshare. A Pectoral Sandpiper was also on the saltmarsh at the north-west end of Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: An adult Pomarine Skua was seen from the Lochboisdale - Ullapool ferry this morning (0.5 hours outside Lochboisdale). 3 Curlew Sandpipers were off Hebridean Jewellery this evening.

Buff-breasted Sandpipers Bairds Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Baird's Sandpiper (Bob McMillan); Pectoral Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

13th September:

Lewis: The juvenile Dotterel was south-west of the lighthouse at the Butt; also 38 Lapland Buntings. The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais today.

North Uist: A Baird's Sandpiper and 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at the north-west end of Baleshare on the saltmarsh; also a Lapland Bunting.

South Uist: 3 Curlew Sandpipers were off Hebridean Jewellery. A Whimbrel and 4 Black-tailed Godwits were at North Boisdale. Southerly passage of 12 Red-throated Divers, 1 juvenile Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 98 Fulmars, 37 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Storm Petrels, 1 Leach's Petrel, 944 Gannets, 42 Auk sp., 29 Razorbills, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 9 Kittiwakes past Ardvule.

Barra: 2 Blue-winged Teal and 1st winter Mediterranean Gull were at Eoligarry.

Curlew Sandpiper Baird's Sandpiper Baird's Sandpiper Leach's Petrel
Curlew Sandpiper (Bob McMillan); Baird's Sandpiper (James Bray); Leach's Petrel (John Kemp)

 

12th September:

Lewis: The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais today.

North Uist: At least 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were with Golden Plover on Baleshare today (also seen around 16:15 at north-west end on saltmarsh); also 2 Lapland Buntings were present. A Grey Phalarope was also seen over the east side of the Baleshare causeway before it continued south this morning. 3 Lapland Buntings were at Balranald. 2 Lapland Buntings were seen on Berneray.

South Uist:  Birds heading south at Ardvule (0655 – 1150) included 431 Gannets, 2 Great Northern Divers, 11 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 45 Fulmars, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Leach's Petrel, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 17 Kittiwakes and a juvenile Sabines Gull. 2 Lapland Buntings were seen at Ardvule also.

Marine Sightings: 3 or 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen in the Sound of Barra today (from South Uist).

 

11th September:

Lewis: A juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was at Loch Ordais this morning. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was on the shore at Barvas. A Long-tailed Skua flew inland at Loch Mhaecleit, Timsgarry at 17:00. 2 Lapland Buntings were at Gallan Head.

South Uist: Seawatch from Ardvule this morning produced a Buff-breasted Sandpiper heading south (09:30), a juvenile Sabine's Gull, 4 Leach's Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a Common Scoter.

juvenile Peregrine, South Uist Sabine's Gull, Ardvule Sabine's Gull and Kittiwake
Peregrine, Sabine's Gull and Sabine's Gull with Kittiwake (Steve Duffield)

Mediterranean Gull, Lewis Mediterranean Gull, Barvas juvenile Sabine's Gull
Mediterranean Gull (Bob McMillan) and Sabine's Gull (John Kemp)

 

10th September:

Lewis: A Leach's Petrel, 40 Storm Petrels and 20 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Ullapool -Stornoway ferry.

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was in Village Bay, Hirta today.

South Uist: A Common Rosefinch was at Iochdar (Eochar) today. 6 Storm Petrels and a Great Skua were off Ardvule this morning.

Barra: 2 Blue-winged Teal and a Pectoral Sandpiper were at Eoligarry this morning.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale and a Minke Whale were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry.

Black-tailed Godwit White-tailed Eagle White-tailed Eagle Black-tailed Godwit and White-tailed Eagle (Bob McMillan)

 

9th September:

Lewis: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Labost early afternoon before flying off. A seawatch from Mangersta produced a Pomarine Skua and 76 Sooty Shearwaters (07:30 - 09:00); also a Lapland Bunting on the track. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen at the Butt, 1 mile west of the lighthouse at 4 pm.

North Uist: A seawatch from Griminish Point (07:15 - 11:15) produced 49 Sooty Shearwaters, 533 Manx Shearwaters, 563 Fulmars, 13 Leach's Petrels, 19 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxies, 15 Arctic Terns, 106 Gannets, 32 Kittiwake, 36 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, A Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 4 Turntsone, 2 Teal, 9 Pintail and 8 Wigeon (in a mixed flock) heading west. A Lapland Bunting was to the south of the point too. 4 Ruff were on Baleshare. Another 17 Leach's Petrels, 6 Bonxies, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Red-throated Divers, 200 Manx Shearwaters and 7 Brent Geese flew past Griminish Point this evening (17:45 - 19:15).

South Uist: A juvenile Sabine's Gull and 2 Leach's Petrels flew south past Ardvule this morning. 4 Lapland Buntings were on the machair at Ardivachar.

Sooty Shearwater juvenile Sanderling Wheatear mixed flock Wigeon and Pintail
Sooty Shearwater, Sanderling, Wheatear and mixed flock of Wigeon and Pintail (Steve Duffield)

 

8th September:

Lewis: A juvenile Dotterel was north of Lionel this morning. 2 Lapland Buntings were at the Butt and 10 Sooty Shearwaters flew past early morning. A juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was at Loch Ordais in the afternoon.

North Uist: The Pectoral Sandpiper was at Loch na Reivil, Hougharry again this morning.

South Uist: The Buff-breasted Sandpiper is still in the south bay at Ardvule this morning. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and a Lapland Bunting were on Eochar machair near Ardivachar. Another Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the saltmarsh at Balgarva. 4 Curlew Sandpipers and 15 Brent Geese were on the South Ford. 63 Brent Geese flew south at Ardvule. 6 Black-tailed Godwits were at Stoneybridge. A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 241 Pale-bellied Brent, 117 Gannets, 11 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Storm Petrels, 3 Red-throated Divers, 4 Great Northern Divers, 5 Razorbills and 15 Kittiwakes.

Barra: 5 Blue-winged Teal were at Eoligarry before flying off to the north; also a brief Pectoral Sandpiper there.

Insects: A Grey Chi was trapped in Laxdale last night.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Grey Chi, Outer Hebrides moths Buff-breasted Sandpiper Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Grey Chi (Bob McMillan); Buff-breasted Sandpiper (John Kemp)

Semipalmated Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Bob McMillan)

 

7th September:

North Uist: A Storm Petrel was seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry today. 6 Lapland Buntings were seen at Aird an Runair, Balranald.

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule this morning included 845 Gannets, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-throated Divers, 7 Fulmars, 28 Manx Shearwaters, 25 Storm Petrels, 1 Leach's Petrel, 11 Razorbills, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 juv Arctic Tern and 1 Kittiwake. A Great Skua flew north. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen to fly in from the sea and land on the shore at Ardvule this evening.

Marine Sightings: 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins swam south at Ardvule this morning.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin Storm Petrel Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Storm Petrel (John Kemp)

 

6th September:

Lewis: A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Loch Ordais. 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Arctic Skuas were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry (Hebridean side) today. 4 Lapland Buntings were at Lionel, Ness.

North Uist: A Lapland Bunting was at Balranald.

Barra: A Lapland Bunting was at Eoligarry.

Insects: 492 moths / 31 species were trapped in Carinish last night including 165 Rosy Rustic and 166 Square-spot Rustic. Also a Heath Rustic, 3 Pink-barred Sallow, a Garden Tiger and a Lempke's Gold Spot.

Marine Sightings: 6 Risso's Dolphins were seen breaching and tail slapping off Coll beach today. 80 Common Dolphins and 5 Harbour Porpoise were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry today.

Curlew Sandpiper, Lewis Agonopterix yeatiana Silver-Y Otter Otter, Outer Hebrides Curlew Sandpiper (Bob McMillan); Agonoptrix yeatiana, Silver-Y and Otters (Steve Duffield) Video here: youtu.be/GePmhJ4BtR0

Sooty Shearwater Common Dolphins
Sooty Shearwater and Common Dolphins (Andy Williams)

 

5th September:

Lewis: 4 Great Shearwaters, 471 Sooty Shearwaters and 2 Leach's Petrels flew past the Butt (07:00 - 09:00) this morning. Another Great Shearwater and 87 Sooty Shearwaters were seen passing the Butt (15:05 - 17:30). 8 Lapland Buntings were at Port Stoth, Butt of Lewis.

Nb: At Coll beach (NB463383) yesterday a bird calling like a Spotted Redshank was heard amongst a flock of Ringed Plover. Although there was no positive i.d. it may be worth checking out for anyone in the area.

North Uist: A juvenile Long-tailed Skua was seen from the Uig-Lochmaddy ferry today. A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Loch na Reivil.

South Uist: A Lapland Bunting was seen on the machair at Kilpheder.

 

4th September:

Lewis: A Lapland Bunting and the juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were at Loch Ordais. The Ruff was still at the Butt. 6 Sooty Shearwaters (on the Highland side) and 23 Storm Petrels were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry.

North Uist: A seawatch from Griminish Point (09:45 - 17:30) produced 150 Leach's Petrels, 1 Storm Petrel, 203 Sooty Shearwaters, 2,000 Manx Shearwaters, 874 Fulmars, 4 Sabine's Gulls (3 juveniles and an adult), 31 Kittiwakes, 5 Arctic Skuas, 7 Bonxies, an adult Pomarine Skua, 111 Gannets, 11 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 10 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 22 Turnstones, 4 Knot, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Sanderling and 20 pale-bellied Brent Geese heading west. 2 Leach's Petrels and a Pomarine Skua flew past Balarnald this morning.

South Uist: 3 Curlew Sandpipers were at Balgarva / South Ford.3 Lapland Buntings were at Kilaulay. 2 Lapland Buntings were at Ormiclate. At Ardvule this morning there was a southerly passage of 395 Gannets, 7 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 59 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 5 Leach's Petrel, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 juv Sabine's Gulls at 08:30 and 10:25, 47 Kittiwakes, 9 Arctic Terns, 1 Black Guillemot and 8 Common Scoter.

Barra: A Leach's Petrel and 5 Sooty Shearwaters were seen off Vatersay (14:00 - 16:00). A juvenile Long-tailed Skua, Leach's Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Sabine's Gull flew past Eoligarry.

Marine Sightings: An Ocean Sunfish and a Basking Shark were seen off Griminish Point today.

Sooty Shearwater Ocean Sunfish, North Uist Leach's Petrel, North Uist Leach's Petrel, Uist Sooty Shearwater, North Uist Brent GeeseSooty Shearwater (John Kemp); Ocean Sunfish, Leach's Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Brent Geese (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd September:

Lewis: A Lapland Bunting flew over Borve this morning. The juvenile Curlew Sandpiper is still at Loch Ordais. A Lapland Bunting was at Gallan Head. 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Stiapabhat and 12 Greenland Wheatears were at the Butt.

North Uist: 2 Grey Phalaropes were reported from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning.

South Uist: A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 7 Red-throated Divers, 447 Gannets, 238 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 51 Fulmars, 3 Storm Petrels, 5 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 21 Kittiwakes, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 Common Terns. Also 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Oystercatchers and 14 Golden Plover in off the sea. A Lapland Bunting, 1 Wheatear and 3 White Wagtails present. This afternoon between 13:30 - 14:15 2 Leach's Petrels (one of which narrowly avoided being taken by a Peregrine) and a Storm Petrel flew south past Ardvule. Another 32 Leach's Petrels (2 of which were eaten by a Peregrine), 4 Storm Petrels, 7 Sooty Shearwaters and a Great Shearwater flew south past Ardvule between 14:40 - 20:07.

Barra: A Common Rosefinch was at Eoligarry this morning. A juvenile Sabine's Gull, 5 Leach's Petrels, 8 Sooty Shearwaters and 1800 Manx Shearwaters were seen off Vatersay this afternoon. The Pied Flycatcher was still at Ardmhor.

Lapland Bunting, Outer Hebrides Great Skua juvenile Peregrine Razorbill Great Shearwater, Outer Hebrides Great Shearwater, South Uist
Lapland Bunting, Great Skua, Peregrine and Razorbill (John kemp); Great Shearwater (Peter Stronach)

 

2nd September:

Lewis: A Ruff was seen at the Butt.

St. Kilda: The Snowy Owl was seen on the edge of the village on Hirta again today.

North Uist: 3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers were on Baleshare this evening.

 

1st September:

South Uist: A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Stoneybridge. A juvenile Cuckoo was at Druidibeg.

Barra: A Leach's Petrel was seen off Cleat this afternoon.

Buff-tip caterpillars Buff-tip caterpillars Poplar Hawkmoth larvae Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillar
Buff-tip and Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillars (Steve Duffield)