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8th December:

Lewis: An immature Glaucous Gull was at South Galson.

Barra: 2 Russian White-fronted Geese were at Allasdale.

 

7th December:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary. 2 Russian White-fronted Geese were at Paiblesgarry.

South Uist: The female Pochard was on West Loch Ollay.

Barra: 2 Russian White-fronted Geese were at Allasdale.

 

6th December:

Lewis: The Snow Bunting was still at Eisken.

Barra: 2 Russian White-fronted Geese were at Allasdale.

Snow Bunting, Eisken Snow Bunting (Andy Williams)

 

5th December:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was at Eisken.

Benbecula: A drake Surf Scoter and 2 Common Scoters were in Stinky Bay. A drake Ring-necked Duck was on Coot Loch.

 

4th December:

Lewis: 8 Snow Buntings were at South Galson. 10 Long-tailed Tits were in Barvas.

North Uist: A Grey Phalarope was at Aird an Runair and a Cackling Goose was at at Balranald by the campsite.

South Ust: A female Pochard was on West Loch Ollay.

 

3rd December:

South Uist: A Little Egret was at Snishival briefly.

 

 

2nd December:

Lewis: The Dusky Warbler was seen in South Galson again today; also 6 Snow Buntings

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was at at Balranald by the campsite.

 

1st December:

Lewis: The Ring-necked Duck was at Loch Tiumpan.

 

30th November:

Lewis: A Dusky Warbler was in South Galson today. The drake Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was at the north end of Loch Paible this afternoon.

Dusky Warbler, Outer Hebrides Dusky Warbler (Andrew Gouldstone)

 

29th November:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan.

 

28th November:

Lewis: An immature Little Gull was off North Galson and a Storm Petrel was reported from there. An immature Glaucous Gull was at South Galson. The drake Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan.

Barra: A Snow Bunting flew west over North Bay in the morning.

Marine Sightings: A group of at least 40 - 50 Common Dolphins were seen east of Tiumpan Head this morning.

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver (Andy Williams)

 

27th November:

Lewis: 2 1st winter Little Gulls were at the river mouth at North Galson. 5 Snow Buntings were at South Galson. 2 Snow Buntings were at the Butt.

Benbecula: 2 female Common Scoters were in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: An immature Velvet Scoter and a female Common Scoter were off Peninerine. The Great Crested Grebe was off Balgarva.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Traigh Mhor before flying south past Traigh Eais.

 

26th November:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was seen at Stornoway water treatment works.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff was in Castleby.

 

25th November:

Lewis: A Jack Snipe was at Dalbeg.

 

24th November:

Lewis: 4 Snow Buntings were at the Butt and 3 Snow Buntings were at South Galson.

North Uist: The Green-winged Teal was seen on Loch na Faoileige, Carnach today.

 

23rd November:

Lewis: 3 Snow Buntings were at South Galson. The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan.

 

22nd November:

North Uist: A Green-winged Teal was on Loch na Faoileige, Carnach today. 2 Fieldfares were in Carinish.

South Uist: 5 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Daliburgh this evening.

Snow Buntings, South Uist Snow Buntings (Vanessa Wright)

 

21st November:

Lewis: The Ring-necked Duck is still at Loch Tiumpan. 2 Bramblings were at Marybank, Stornoway.

North Uist: The American Golden Plover was at Knockintorran this afternoon. A juvenile Iceland Gull and 2 Fieldfares were on Balemore machair. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Loch Sandary.

South Uist: The Common Rosefinch is still in Bornish.

Blue Tit Brambling Goldfinch, Outer Hebrides Blue Tit and Brambling (Andy Williams); Goldfinch (Steve Duffield)

 

20th November:

Lewis: The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan; also a juvenile Glaucous Gull there this morning.

North Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen on Balemore machair again this afternoon; also 2 Cackling Geese there. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Rubh' Arnal. A late Willow Warbler was at Claddach Kirkibost.

South Uist: The Common Rosefinch is still in Bornish. The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Bee. A Curlew Sandpiper was on the Range, west of Loch Bee. The Great Crested Grebe and 2 female Common Scoters were off Balgarva. A Green-winged Teal was at Loch Stilligarry. A Little Egret was at Ormiclate. 3 Snow Buntings were at Ardvule.

Lesser Yellowlegs, North Uist Lesser Yellowlegs, Outer Hebrides Lesser Yellowlegs (Steve Duffield)

 

19th November:

Lewis: The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: A Lesser Yellowlegs was seen on Balemore machair on some flood pools. 3 Iceland Gulls, 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and a Lapland Bunting were also seen at Balemore. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Sandary. A Cackling Goose was seen at Paiblesgarry.

South Uist: The Common Rosefinch is still in Bornish. The female Lesser Scaup and the drake Ring-necked Duck are still on Loch Bee.

Ring-necked Duck, Outer Hebrides Slavonian Grebe Ring-necked Duck and Slavonian Grebe (Andy Williams)

 

18th November:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was at Aird an Runair today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and a juvenile Iceland Gull were rerported from Loch Sandary this morning. A 1st w female Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Hosta. 4 Fieldfare were at Callernish House. 7 Fieldfare and a Blackcap were in Carinish.

Benbecula: A Snow Bunting was at Culla Bay.

South Uist: The Common Rosefinch was in Bornish. A female Lesser Scaup was east of the causeway at Loch Bee and the drake Ring-necked Duck was on the west side. A Waxwing was in Lochboisdale. 11 Snow Buntings flew south at Stoneybridge. 5 Common Scoters were off Peninerine.

 

17th November:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was at Eisken. 4 Woodcock were seen coming in off the sea at South Galson and another was on hte beach there.

St. Kilda: The Spotted Sandpiper was still present along with 2 Grey Phalaropes.

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was with Barnacle Geese at Balemore. A juvenile Iceland Gull was on Balemore machair. A female Blackcap was at Claddach Kirkibost. A Snow Bunting flew south over Bayhead.

South Uist: The Common Rosefinch was in Borish again this morning. A Great White Egret was on the Ardnamonie side of Loch Bee. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at LA2, on the Range at West Gerinish. A Lapland Bunting was on Eochar machair. A female Lesser Scaup and drake Ring-necked Duck were east of the causeway at Loch Bee.

Insects: A Painted Lady was Claddach Kirkibost today. 2 Silver Y moths were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Painted Lady in November juvenile Iceland Gull Redwing White-tailed Eagle Cackling Goose
Painted Lady (Martin Gillingham); Iceland Gull, Redwing, White-tailed Eagle and Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

16th November:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan. A Snow Bunting was at Eisken. A Snow Bunting was at South Galson along with a late Swallow.

St. Kilda: A Black Redstart was seen today.

North Uist: An adult male Black Redstart was seen at the Loch Sandary turning around the house by the main road at 13:20. A Jack Snipe was at the northern end of Berneray. A juvenile Pomarine Skua flew north over Lag Gorm, Baleshare this afternoon; also 2 Pink-footed Geese amongst the Greylags there.

South Uist: A Common Rosefinch was seen in Bornish again today.

Ring-necked Duck, Lewis Ring-necked Duck (Andy Williams)

 

15th November:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: A Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Fieldfare were at Claddach Kirkibost.

Benbecula: A female / immature Velvet Scoter and a female Common Scoter were off Balivanich.

South Uist: A Common Rosefinch was in Bornish. The drake Ring-necked Duck was reported from Loch Bee. A juvenile Iceland Gull was off Ardivcahar. A female / immature Velvet Scoter was also briefly seen off Askernish before flying south. A Wheatear was also on the beach there. A Blackcap was in South Glendale.

Barra: A Pomarine Skua was off Brevig in the afternoon.

Marine Sightings: 25 Common Dolphins were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry; also a single Bonxie.

Velvet Scoter Blackcap Velvet Scoter (Steve Duffield); Blackcap (John Kemp)

 

14th November:

Lewis: A female / juvenile Surf Scoter was off North Dell.

North Uist: A male Blackcap and 14 Fieldfare were in Carinish.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff and a Brambling were at Cuithir this afternoon.

 

13th November:

North Uist: 17 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean.

Barra: A Little Auk, 2 Pomarine Skuas and 17 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Brevig.

female Hen Harrier, North Uist Hen Harrier (Steve Duffield)

 

12th November:

Lewis: A Snow Bunting was at South Galson.

North Uist: The Chiffchaff is still in Carinish.

Benbecula: The female Common Scoter was in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: The Great Crested Grebe was off North Bay.

Barra: A Pomarine Skua and 7 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Brevig.

 

11th November:

North Uist: The American Golden Plover was seen at Loch Paible this afternoon. A Snow Bunting was at Aird an Runair.

 

9th November:

Lewis: 3 Snow Buntings were at Suoth Galson.

North Uist: A hybrid American x Eurasian Wigeon was on Loch Leodasay. A Chiffchaff is in Carinish.

South Uist: 2 Grey Phalaropes and a Little Auk flew south at Ardvule this morning.

American Wigeon hybrid American Wigeon hybrid, N Uist American x Eurasion Wigeon hybrid (Steve Duffield)

 

8th November:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff and 2 Woodcock were in Carinish.

Benbecula: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper is still in Stinky Bay.

Barra: The Lesser Whitethroat is still on Vatersay.

 

7th November:

Lewis: The drake Ring-necked Duck and a 2nd cal yr. Glaucous Gull were at Loch Tiumpan.

Benbecula: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper and the Common Scoter are still in Stinky Bay. A Green-winged Teal and a Little Egret were at Coot Loch.

 

6th November:

North Uist: A Cackling Goose was by Loch Scarie. 11 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean. A Chiffchaff was in Carinish. A 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the shore at Balranald.

Barra: The Black Redstart was on Vatersay behind the cafe at Traigh Siar. The Lesser Whitethroat was seen again today on Vatersay.

Marine Sightings: 8 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

5th November:

Benbecula: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper is still in Stinky Bay; also a Common Scoter. A juvenile Iceland Gull flew south along Balivaich beach this afternoon. A Blackcap was at Gramsdale.

South Uist: The Great Crested Grebe is still off Balgarva. 70 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee.

Barra: A 1st winter Black Redstart was on the west beach of Vatersay this afternoon. A Lesser Whitethroat was seen on Vatersay and 7 Snow Butings flew south.

 

4th November:

Lewis: A drake Green-winged Teal was at Callanish. A drake Ring-necked Duck and 2nd winter Iceland Gull were at Loch Tiumpan.

North Uist: A Chiffchaff was in Carinish.

Benbecula: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper is still in Stinky Bay; also a Common Scoter there. A Black-tailed Godwit was by Coot Loch.

South Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at North Loch Eynort.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Brevig.

Green-winged Teal, Lewis Green-winged Teal (Andrew Gouldstone)

 

3rd November:

North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Brambling were at Callernish House today. The American Golden Plover was by Loch Sandary this morning and at Loch Paible this afternoon. A Snow Bunting was at Aird an Runair. 8 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean. A Cackling Goose was on the machair at Knockintorran.

Benbecula: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was in Stinky Bay still today.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Castlebay.

American Golden Plover White-rumped Sandpiper Reed Bunting Purple Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Rock Pipit, Scotland
American Golden Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper and Reed Bunting (Roger Auger); Purple Sandpiper and Rock Pipit (Steve Duffield)

 

2nd Novemebr:

Barra: 14 Sooty Shearwaters and a Manx Shearwater flew south past Brevig.

 

1st November:

Lewis: 2 Snow Buntings were by Loch Branahuie, near the cemetery. A drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tiumpan and an Iceland Gull flew past Tiumpan Head this morning.

North Uist: A Swift sp. was seen briefly over Carinish.

Benbecula: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was in Stinky Bay this afternoon.

South Uist: A Little Egret was seen at Clachan, north Loch Bee. A Grey Phalarope and 20 Great Northern Divers flew south past Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Garden Warbler was in Castlebay.

White-rumped Sandpiper, Stinky Bay White-rumped Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)