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2017

Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings. Please note that the sightings below do not reflect the variety of species you can see in a normal day out birding or wildlife watching. These reports concentrate on more unusual species or significant counts or movements.

26th June:

South Uist: The Iceland Gull is still present at Kildonan.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still showing well by the cemetary at Eoligarry.

Insects: 80 moths and 27 species were caught in South Glendale last night and included a Pale-shouldered Brocade and Amblyptilia punctidactyla ; the latter new for Outer Hebrides. At North Loch Eynort 41 moths and 15 species were caught which including a Yellow Shell, 3 Light Emerald, 7 Poplar Hawk-moths, 2 Ghost Moths and a Coxcomb Prominent. During the day on Daliburgh machair netted 6 Bryotropha terrella, 2 Eupoecilia angustana, 1 Grapholita compositella, 2 Dichrorampha petiverella,  3 Grass Rivulets and numerous Belted Beauty caterpillars.

Corncrake, Barvas Amblyptilia punctidactyla Grapholita compositella Yellow Shell
Corncrake (Graham Forsyth); Amblyptilia punctidactyla, Grapholita compositella and Yellow Shell (John Kemp)

 

25th June:

Benbecula: A male Ruff was on Loch Mor today.

South Uist: 2 Siskins were at North Loch Eynort.

male Ruff Common Sandpiper Water Lobelia Drinker moth
Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Water Lobelia (Steve Duffield); Drinker moths (Andy Mackinnon)

 

24th June:

Lewis: A male Hen Harrier was seen in Leurbost today.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull are still at Ardivachar. A Black-tailed Godwit was on Loch an't-Saile. 276 Gannets 132 N), 36 Fulmars, 121 Manx Shearwaters and 1 Storm Petrel flew south at Ardvule this morning whilst a Great Skua flew N.

Barra: The adult Rose-coloured Starling was showing well at Eoligarry this morning.

Razorbill Harbour Seal and pup Razorbill and Harbour Seals (John Kemp)

 

23rd June:

North Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull and a male Ruff were at the south end of Loch Sandary today. A Purple Sandpiper was on the beach at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: At Ardvule this monrning there was a southerly passage of 284 Gannets, 22 Fulmars, 163 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black Guillemots, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 Iceland Gull (2CY); a single Whimbrel was also present.

Great Northern Diver Arctic Tern summer plumage Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper Ruff
Great Northern Diver (John Kemp); Arctic Tern, Purple Sandpiper and Ruff (Steve Duffield)

 

22nd June:

Barra: A White-throated Needletail was seen at Gleann this morning (11:00 - 12:15) but not after. A Rose-coloured Starling was also at Eoligarry.

Red-throated Diver Red-throated Diver (Steve Duffield)

 

21st June:

North Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary. A Swift flew south at Hougharry.

South Uist: The juvenile Iceland Gull was at Kildonan whilst another juvenile and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Ardivachar.

 

20th June:

South Uist: The juvenile Iceland Gull is still at Kildonan and the juvenile Glaucous and Iceland Gulls are at Ardivachar. An Osprey was seen over Loch an Eilein, Askernish this evening.

Mingulay: A Water Rail was calling on the island and a Willow Warbler was present today.

Insects: 120 moth and 21 species were trapped at Carnan last night including a Sallow Kitten. 8 Argyresthia pygmaeella and 12 Argyresthia retinella were netted at Druidibeg today.

Sallow Kitten Sallow Kitten (Paul Boyer)

 

19th June:

Benbecula: A White-winged Black Tern was found on Loch Mor around midday today, later relocating to Loch Fada before being seen on Coot Loch in the evening. 2 male Ruff were on Loch Mor.

South Uist: A 1st summer Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull are still at Ardivachar. The 2nd yr Iceland Gull is still at Kildonan.

Insects: 86 moths /23 species were trapped in South Glendale last night included 4 Drinkers, 1 Map-winged Swift, 1 Straw Dot, 3 Grey Pugs, Phiaris schulziana, Caloptilia stigmatella and Elachista albifrontella.

Caloptilia stigmatella Phiaris schulziana Iceland Gull, Ardivachar White-winged Black Tern, Benbceula 2017 White-winged Black Tern, Loch Fada
Caloptilia stigmatella and Phiaris schulziana (John Kemp); Iceland Gull and White-winged Black Tern (Steve Duffield)

 

18th June:

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff are still at Loch Mor.

South Uist: An immature Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Ardivachar. 6 Storm Petrels, 11 Puffins, 2 Arctic Skuas and 2 Great Northern Divers were seen heading south at Ardvule this morning.

Insects: A Large Heath was seen at Carnan today.

Great Northern Diver juvenile Glaucous Gull Iceland Gull Common Spotted Orchid Marsh Lousewort Green-veined White
Great Northern Diver, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Common Spotted Orchid (hebridensis) and Marsh Lousewort (Steve Duffield); Green-veined White (John Kemp)

 

17th June:

North Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was again at Loch Sandary this morning.

South Uist: 3 Storm Petrels were seen off Ardvule this morning.

 

16th June:

Lewis: Quail have been heard calling at Swainbost, Skigersta and at Galson recently. The 1st summer Little Gull was on Loch Stiapabhat this afternoon.

North Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at the south end of Loch Sandary this morning.

Benbecula: A female Pintail was on Loch Mor.

South Uist: An immature Iceland Gull and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Ardivachar this morning. Southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 322 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Storm Petrels, 86 Razorbills, 66 Guillemots, 1 Black Guillemot, 2 Puffins and 1 Great Skua.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Craigston and a Long-tailed Duck was off-shore.

 

15th June:

Lewis: A 1st summer Iceland Gull was at Port Stoth and a 1st summer Little Gull flew south over Loch Stiapabhat this evening.

North Uist: A Whimbrel was at Claddach Baleshare this evening.

South Uist: Mostly southerly movement off Ardvule this morning included 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 462 Gannets, 289 Manx Shearwaters, 29 Storm Petrels, 45 Fulmars, 26 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 158 Auks sp, 31 Razorbills, 28 Guillemots and 47 Puffins. Single Whimbrel also present.

Insects: 2 Painted Ladies were at Clachan Sands this morning.

Kittiwake, South Uist Peregrine Falcon Willow Warbler
Kittiwake and Peregrine (John Kemp); Willow Warbler (Steve Duffield)

 

14th June:

Lewis: A Swift was over Loch Branahuie this afternoon.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the south end of Loch Sandary today.

South Uist: The 2nd yr Iceland Gull is still at Kildonan. 7 Storm Petrels flew south off Ardvule this morning with some lingering fairly close in for a while.

Storm Petrel Storm Petrel (John Kemp)

 

13th June:

North Uist: The drake Garganey is still on Loch nam Feithean.

Benbecula: 3 Whimbrel were near Borve Point.

Barra: A Quail was calling at the north end of the island today.

Lesser Water Plantain, South Uist Field Madder Greater Sundew Rue Leaved Saxifrage
Lesser Water Plantain (distribution), Field Madder, Greater Sundew and Rue Leaved Saxifrage (Steve Duffield)

 

12th June:

North Uist: 2 Whimbrel are in Carinish. 2 Pomarine Skuas were seen mid-Minch between Uig and Lochmaddy this evening.

South Uist: Southerly movement at Ardvule today included 6 Great Northern Divers, 175 Gannets, 123 Fulmars, 554 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, 82 Razorbills, 118 Guillemots, 142 Auks sp, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 15 Kittiwakes, flock of 9 Arctic Terns (which included five 1st summer birds), 1 Common Scoter while 3 Arctic Skuas flew north.

Marine Sightings: 20+ Common Dolphins were off Waternish Point, Skye.

Common Scoter, Ardvule Great Northern Diver, Ardvule Manx Shearwater
Common Scoter, Great Northern Diver and Manx Shearwater (John Kemp)

 

11th June:

Lewis: 2, 1st summer Little Gulls are still at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: The drake Garganey is still on Loch nam Feithean; also a Glaucous Gull. A Curlew Sandpiper is at Loch Paible.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was seen at Ardivachar.

 

10th June:

Lewis: 2 1st summer Little Gulls were at the north end of Loch Stiapabhat today.

North Uist: A male Ruff was by Loch na Reivil this evening. The drake Garganey was still on Loch nam Feithean this morning. An Osprey was seen in Loch Euphort late this evening.

Benbecula: A male Ruff was at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull is still at Kildonan.

Insects: 179 moths and 35 species were caught in South Glendale last night including 53 Buff Ermine, 2 Shark, 1 Dark Brocade, 1 Heart & Dart, 3 Fox Moths, 3 Poplar Hawk-moths, 1 Currant Pug, 2 Grey Pugs, 7 Green Carpet plus micro moths Pleurota bicostella and Eucosma campoliliana.

Corncrake Sedge Warbler Early Marsh Orchid Currant Pug Eucosma campoliliana Heart and Dart Corncrake, Sedge Warbler and Early Marsh Orchid (Steve Duffield); Currant Pug, Eucosma campoliliana and Heart and Dart (John Kemp)

9th June:

Lewis: A male Siskin was seen in Park, Barvas today.

North Uist: A drake Garganey was on Loch nam Feithean and a Curlew Sandpiper was at Loch Paible.

South Uist: 7 Storm Petrel flew north at Ardvule this morning.

Insects: 10 Glyphipterix schoenicolella (on Black Bog-rush), 4 Micropterix aruncella, Syndemis musculana, Crambus pascuella, Diamond-back Moth, 5 Yellow Shell and 1 Silver Y; as well as 24 Small Heath and a Common Blue between South Glendale and Roineval.

 

8th June:

North Uist: A male Siskin was feeding 2 fledged young at Langass Lodge today; a Chiffchaff was also singing here. A Siskin was also in Carinish. A Garganey was on Loch na Reivil this evening. 3 Curlew Sandpipers were at Loch Paible.

South Uist: A Redwing is at Carnan. 2 Siskins were in South Glendale.

Insects: Moths trapped in South Glendale last night include Silver Y, Angle Shades, Map-winged Swift, Dark Brocade, Grey Pug and 5 Narrow-winged Pugs. Micros included 3 Aethes cnicana, 1 Cochylis atricapitana, 2 Notocelia cynosbatella and 2 Aspilapteryx tringipennella. 65 moths of 20 species were trapped at Carnan including a Scalloped Hazel, 2 Angle Shades, 2 Brimstone Moths, a Broom moth,6 Buff Ermine, a Pebble Prominent and a Campion amongst others. 60 moths and 20 species were caught in Carinish including a Rush Veneer and a Shark.

 

7th June:

Lewis: A Mistle Thrush was seen by Loch Tiumpan and 2 Long-tailed Skuas were in the Minch.

North Uist: A Long-tailed Skua flew north over Paible machair this morning. A Whimbrel was in Carinish this evening. 2 Curlew Sandpipers were on Loch Paible. A drake Garganey is on Loch Scaray (Loch Sgaraigh).

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning a northerly movement included 7 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 215 Gannets, 149 Fulmars, 1 Storm Petrel and 28 Kittiwakes. A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull is still at Kildonan.

Insects: At least 5 Argent and Sable moths were east of Rueval, Benbecula. 3 Red Admirals, a Painted Lady and a Small Tortoiseshell were in Carinish.

female Hen Harrier Common Carder Bee Argent and Sable Ichneumon wasp
Hen Harrier, Common Carder Bee, Argent and Sable and an Ichneumon wasp (Steve Duffield)

 

6th June:

North Uist: A Little Stint was at Aird an Runair and a 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew north this evening. 4 Curlew Sandpipers were at Loch Paible this morning.

Benbecula: 2 male Ruff flew north over Coot Loch from Borve. A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was in Culla Bay.

South Uist: At least 4 Siskins were at North Loch Eynort. A Little Stint and 2 Whimbrel were at Ardvule today. A Little Stint was at South Boisdale. The 2nd yr Iceland Gull is still at Kildonan.

adult Little Stint Little Stint (John Kemp)

 

5th June:

Lewis: 20 Common Scoters flew south off Tiumpan Head this morning. 3 Wood Pigeons were at Park Barvas this evening.

South Uist: A Lesser Whitethroat was singing in South Glendale today. A Reed Warbler was at Carnan today. A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was at Kildonan today.

Insects: An Argent and Sable moth was seen in South Glendale. A Red Admiral was at Loch Arnol.

Marine Sightings: 3 Risso's Dolphins were seen at Tiumpan Head heading north this morning and a Minke Whale was close to the point.

Lesser Whitethroat Argent & Sable Lesser Whitethroat and Argent & Sable (John Kemp)

 

4th June:

North Uist: A drake Garganey was seen at Loch na Reivil yesterday.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: Southerly passage at Ardvule included 178 Gannets, 32 Fulmars, 141 Manx Shearwaters, 23 Guillemots, 59 Razorbills, 163 Auks sp, 4 Puffins and 44 Kittiwakes. Also Great Northern Divers (1S,2N) and Red-throated Divers (3S,1N). A 2nd summer Iceland Gull was on the beach at Kildonan.

Barra: A Marsh Warbler is in Castlebay.

2nd summer Arctic Tern Redshank Arctic Tern and Redshank (John Kemp)

 

3rd June:

Lewis: 2 House Martins were seen around the Butt and a Pink-footed Goose at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on Baleshare this morning. 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Stint were at the south end of Loch Paible today.

Benbecula: The 2nd summer Iceland Gull was in Stinky Bay again this afternoon.

Insects: A Painted Lady was on Baleshare and 2 Red Admirals were in Carinish. 3 Painted Ladies and 10 Red Admirals were seen around the Butt of Lewis. 10+ Painted Ladies and 3 Red Admirals were at Tiumpan Head.

Marine Sightings: Cetaceans reported from Tiumpan Head today include a Fin Whale, 2 Humpback Whales, 5 Minke Whales, White-beaked Dolphin, Risso's Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise.

 

2nd June:

Lewis: 15 Common Scoters were seen in the mouth of Loch Erisort.

North Uist: 2 Little Stints and a Curlew Sandpiper were seen on Loch Paible.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Peninerine; also 2 Long-tailed Ducks were off-shore. The Turtle Dove is still in South Glendale. An Iceland Gull was at Kildonan. A female Pintail was on Loch an't-Saile.

Insects: 3 Painted Ladies were at Peninerine today. A Rustic Shoulder-knot was trapped in South Glendale last night (one other record from the islands, 60 years ago).

Rustic Shoulder-knot Map-winged Swift juvenile Glaucous Gull
Rustic Shoulder-knot and Map-winged Swift (John Kemp); Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

1st June:

Lewis: A Whooper Swan is at Loch Croistean. 2 House Martins were at Callanish. A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull was at the Butt. 3 Whimbrel were at Fivepenny.

North Uist: A House Martin was in Lochmaddy today.

South Uist: The Turtle Dove is still in South Glendale. A Redwing is in Carnan.

Barra: A Wood Warbler was in Castlebay today.

Insects: A Pained Lady and Small Tortoiseshell were seen in Carnan today.

Marine Sightings: 30 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off the Butt this morning.

Turtle Dove Turtle Dove (John Kemp)