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30th November:

North Uist: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a 2nd winter and a juvenile) were on Baleshare today. A Jack Snipe was in Carinish.

 

29th November:

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were at Ardvule and a female Common Scoter flew south there.

female Common Scoter Red-breasted Mergansers Common Scoter and Red-breasted Mergansers (John Kemp)

 

28th November:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was on Loch na Faoileag, Grimsay.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Pink-footed Goose were at Ardvule.

Marine Sightings: 2 White-beaked Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head.

Buzzard Pink-footed Goose Buzzard and Pink-footed Goose (John Kemp)

 

27th November:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was seen at the Butt of Lewis. 3 Pink-footed Geese were with 40 Barnacle Geese at Loch Stiapabhat. A male Blackcap was in Port of Ness. A Hawfinch is still visiting Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway.

North Uist: 4 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare.

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and a Pink-footed Goose were at Ardvule. 700 Twite were on Bornish machair.

Marine Sightings: 3 pods of Risso's Dolphins, 4 White-sided Dolphins and 2 Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head.

Glaucous Gull Ravens Glaucous Gull and Ravens (John Kemp)

 

26th November:

South Uist: An Iceland Gull was at Snishival today.

Marine Sightings: 4 Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

25th November:

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs are still in Castlebay.

 

24th November:

St. Kilda: The Snowy Owl was seen on Hirta again today.

South Uist: 4 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Frobost. 19 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 11 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew south off Ardvule this morning; also a juvenile Glaucous Gull present.

Marine Sightings: A Minke Whale and 6 Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Sooty Shearwater Sooty Shearwater (John Kemp)

 

23rd November:

South Uist: A Green-winged Teal was reported at the north end of Loch Bee and Clachan.

 

22nd November:

Late news from Barra where there was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet from 12th - 19th November.

 

21st November:

North Uist: A juvenile and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were on Baleshare today.

Benbecula: A Grey Phalarope was off Balivanich early afternoon.

South Uist: A Grey Phalarope was in North Bay (Mol Mor) this morning. A Long-tailed Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning; also a Great Skua, 72 Gannets, 8 Red-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, a Slavonian Grebe, an Eider, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 51 Kittiwakes, 2 Shags, 3 Black Guillemots, a Guillemot and 2 Razorbills.

Long-tailed Skua, dark phase juvenile Grey Phalarope, Uist Glaucous Gulll, North Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull
Long-tailed Skua (John Kemp); Grey Phalarope and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

20th November:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was blown north-eastwards over Carinish this afternoon.

 

19th November:

North Uist: 2 Cackling x Barnacle Geese hybirds were on the machair at Grenitote today.

Benbecula: 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A female Common Scoter and 5 Scaup were on Loch Bee. 110 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the west side of Loch Bee. A Siberian Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 2 Woodcock were at Snishival. A Brambling, 3 Blackcaps and a Woodcock were in Bornish.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff was in Castlebay; a Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper were also present.

 

18th November:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was on a pool just south of the Butt of Lewis this morning.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary. 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were at Rubh' Arnal and 49 Brent Geese were nearby.

 

17th November:

Lewis: A Hawfinch is still visiting Urquahart Gardens, Stornoway. A Swallow and a Grey Wagtail were at Bayhead, Stornoway.

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare this afternoon. The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary and there was an Iceland Gull in the area.

Marine Sightings: A Killer Whale was seen just to the south-east of Eriskay today. At least 5 Blue Fin Tuna were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

16th November:

North Uist: A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare.

South Uist: Birds heading south at Ardvule this morning included a Greenland White-fronted Goose, 5 Common Scoter, 73 Kittiwakes and a juvenile Iceland Gull.

Iceland Gull Kittiwake Iceland Gull and Kittiwake (John Kemp)

 

15th November:

Lewis: 1 or 2 Hawfinch are still visiting Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway.

North Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary. A Lapland Bunting and at least 4 Snow Buntings were on Balemore machair. 3 Pink-footed Geese were at Knockintorran.

South Uist: 5 Common Scoters flew north and 1 flew south.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were on the island; also 4 Bramblings and a Treecreeper. 21 Whooper Swans flew south over Castlebay this afertnoon.

Marine Sightings: 5 Bottle-nosed Dolphins swam south at Ardvule this morning.

Green-winged Teal Bottle-nosed Dolphins Outer Hebrides Green-winged Teal (Steve Duffield); Bottle-nosed Dolphins (John Kemp)

 

14th November:

Lewis: 5 White-fronted Geese flew south at the Braihe.

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

North Uist: 4 White-fronted Geese and a Ruff were on Borve machair, Berneray.

South Uist: A Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff was in Castlebay.

Golden Plover, North Uist Golden Plover (Steve Duffield)

 

13th November:

North Uist: A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags on Baleshare today. 2 Woodcock were in Carinish. A Snow Goose was at Knockintorran this afternoon.

 

12th November:

Benbecula: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was off Balivanich this afternoon.

 

10th November:

Lewis: A Hawfinch was seen in Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway today. The 1st winter Brown Shrike was seen in Ness along the Cross - Skigersta road again today.

Harris: A drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay with 280 Common Scoter. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Luskentyre. A Chiffchaff and Fieldfare were at Horghabost. 7 Crossbills flew east at Leverburgh.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Chiffchaffs are in Castlebay.

Marine Sightings: 15 Sperm Whales were seen from Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

9th November:

Harris: The adult Glaucous Gull is still near Bunovenaeder.

North Uist: 4 Glaucous Gulls (3 juveniles and a 2nd winter) were at Rubh' Arnal; also a Snow Bunting and 18 Brent Geese there.

Buzzard Corn Bunting Golden Eagle Goldfinch 2nd winter Glaucous Gull
Buzzard (John Kemp); Corn Bunting, Golden Eagle, Goldfinch and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

8th November:

Lewis: The 1st winter Brown Shrike was seen in Ness along the Cross - Skigersta road again today.

Barra: 5 Snow Buntings were at Eoligarry.

Golden Eagle and White-tailed Eagle together Golden Eagle and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)

 

7th November:

Lewis: The 1st winter Brown Shrike was seen in Ness along the Cross - Skigersta road this morning between crofts 64 - 70; also a Blackcap there. A Blackcap and Chiffchaff were in Port of Ness.

North Uist: 5 Crossbills, 2 Fieldfare and a Blackcap were at Langass Lodge. 2 Chiffchaffs were at Grenitote.

South Uist: 90+ White-fronted Geese were at Ardnamonie, by Loch Bee. A Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a Brambling were in Bornish.

Barra: The Dusky Warbler was still in Gleann this afternoon; also a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps were there. 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Whitethroat were in Castlebay. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Creachan

Insects: A Brindled Ochre and Angle Shades were trapped in South Glendale last night.

Crossbill, North Uist Reed Bunting Brown Shrike, Lewis Brown Shrike, Outer Hebrides
Crossbill (Steve Duffield); Reed Bunting (John Kemp); Brown Shrike (Tristan ap Rheinhallt)

 

6th November:

Lewis: A 1st winter Brown Shrike was in Port of Ness. A White-fronted Goose and 3 Pink-footed Geese were seen at Sandwick.

St. Kilda: The Snowy Owl and 2 Black Redstarts are on Hirta.

Barra: The Dusky Warbler was still in Gleann; also a Siberian Chiffchaff briefly. Another Siberian Chiffchaff was in Castlebay.

Dusky Warbler Barra Dusky Warbler outer hebrides Dusky Warbler, Barra Dusky Warbler (Steve Duffield)

 

5th November:

North Uist: A Jack Snipe was in Carinish this morning. A Chiffchaff is at Langass Lodge.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still at Ardvule.

Barra: A Dusky Warbler was seen at Gleann today. 5 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Treecreeper were seen in Castlebay. 3 Fieldfares, a Yellow-browed Warbler and a Grey Wagtail were at Creachan. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Northbay.

Chiffchaff Chiffchaff (Steve Duffield)

 

4th November:

Lewis: A Hawfinch was still in Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the Butt and 9 Sooty Shearwaters flew past. 7 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. 5 Fieldfare were in Port of Ness. A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Tiumpan Head.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and Lesser Whitethroat were in Castlebay. Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Creachan and on Northbay.

 

3rd November:

Lewis: 16 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. A Hawfinch was still in Urquhart Gardens, Stornoway.

Harris: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Bunovenaeder this morning. The drake Surf Scoter was in the Sound of Taransay.

North Uist: 13 Sooty Shearwaters, a Fulmar, 656 Kittiwakes, 382 Gannets, a Bonxie, 3 Black Guillemots, 4 Eiders, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 10 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Purple Sandpipers flew west past Griminish Point (08:00 - 11:40); whilst a juvenile Iceland Gull flew east. A Scaup was on Loch Hosta. A Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Brambling were at Langass Lodge.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat were in Castlebay. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Northbay.

 

2nd November:

Harris: A male Surf Scoter and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Luskentyre.

North Uist: A seawatch from Griminish Point (11:50 - 12:45) produced 238 Kittiwakes, 373 Gannets, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Divers, a Black Guillemot, 5 Black-headed Gulls, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Curlew and 4 Oystercatchers heading south-west; also a Snow Bunting flew south. 21 Whooper Swans flew south over Carinish this morning. A Blackcap was at Claddach Vallay and 2 Blackcaps were at Callernish House.

South Uist: A Blackcap was at Kilaulay. A juvenile Iceland Gull flew south at Ardvule this morning; also 5 Great Northern Divers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 68 Kittiwakes south and a Common Scoter north. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was also there.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were on the island; also a Lesser Whitethroat, Treecreeper and 2,000 Redwings.

Brambling Blackcap Purple Sandpiper male Surf Scoter, Harris Surf Scoter, Luskentyre
Brambling (Marie Morrison); Blackcap and Purple Sandpiper (Joe Newman); Surf Scoter (Martin Benson)

Glaucous Gull Buzzard Skylark
Glaucous Gull, Buzzard and Skylark (John Kemp)

 

1st November:

Lewis: A Redstart was seen between Cross and Skigersta. A Chiffchaff was in Port of Ness. Up to 3 Hawfinch were in Uquhart Gardens, Stornoway today.

Harris: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Luskentyre beach.

Benbecula: 6 Pink-footed Geese were at Torlum.

South Uist: The Great Crested Grebe was at the west end of North Bay (Mol Mor). 52 Gannets, 6 Great Northern Divers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 4 Guillemots, 3 Razorbills, 1 Black Guillemot, 4 Kittiwakes and 8 Long-tailed Ducks flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff and 9 Blackcaps were seen on the island today.

Long-tailed Ducks Sea duck, Sound of Harris Glaucous Gull, Harris Glaucous Gull, Harris Redstart, Lewis
Long-tailed Ducks (John Kemp); Seaduck and Slavonian Grebe, Glaucous Gull (Martin Benson); Redstart (Samantha Hawkins)