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Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings 2024

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20th May:

Lewis: The Common Crane was on Melbost Farm in fields adjacent to the airport in Stornoway. A Waxwing was in Stornoway outside Charles MacLeod butchers this morning.

Harris: A Mistle Thrush was on Scalpay.

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and 2 Ruff were on the beach at Aird an Runair today.

South Uist: 2 Curlew Sandpipers and a Swift were seen at Ardivachar this morning; also 6 Common Scoters flew north.

Barra: The Turtle Dove was at Cuithir this morning.

 

19th May:

Benbecula: A male Golden Oriole was at Griminish (just west of the surgery) this morning before flying to the south-south-east.

South Uist: 2 Curlew Sandpipers were at Ardivachar. The American Golden Plover was still on the Range at West Gerinish today. 2 Avocets were seen at the south-west end of Loch Bee. The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on the beach at Smerclate.

Insects: 10 Nut-tree Tussock, 2 Ruddy Highflier and 2 Scalloped Hazel were trapped at Druidibeg last night.

American Golden Plover, Outer Hebrides Birds spring Nut-tree Tussock, Outer Hebrides moths Golden Oriole, Outer Hebrides
American Golden Plover (Alan Kennedy); Nut-tree Tussock (John Kemp); Golden Oriole (Steve Duffield)

18th May:

North Uist: A female Black Redstart was at the visitor centre at Balranald this evening. A Red-necked Phalarope was on the shoreline at Aird an Runair today.

South Uist: The female Hawfinch was still in Bornish. The Pectoral Sandpiper was at Smerclate. An adult American Golden Plover was on the Range at West Gerinish. 15 - 20 Crossbills were at North Loch Eynort.

Insects: An Ochreous Pug was trapped in South Glendale last night (1st for the Outer Hebrides). A Clouded Border was seen at North Loch Eynort during the day today.

American Golden Plover, Outer Hebrides Birds Clouded Border, Outer Hebrides Moths American Golden Plover and Clouded Border (Steve Duffield)

 

17th May:

Lewis: A Little Stint and Turtle Dove were at Loch Ordais.

St. Kilda: A Common Rosefinch was on Hirta.

North Uist: A Pomarine Skua flew north past Aird an Runair at 07:30 and another at 17:10. A male Ruff was also on the shore at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on the shore at Smerclate. A Hawfinch was in Bornish.

Barra: The Turtle Dove was at Cuithir again today.

Insects: A Marsh Pug was recently photographed in Lewis (First for the Outer Hebrides)

Pectoral Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Birds Marsh Pug, Outer Hebrides moths Pectoral Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy); Marsh Pug (Debbie Storrow)

 

16th May:

Lewis: A Ring-necked Duck was at Loch Geal, Great Bernera today.

North Uist: 3 Pomarine Skuas flew north past Aird an Runair at 08:30. 4 Ruff and 2 Barnacle Geese were at Aird an Runair this evening.

South Uist: A Spotted Flycatcher and a Redwing were at Acairseid, Eriskay today. A Spotted Flycatcher was in South Glendale. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Smerclate. A Curlew Sandpiper was at Orosay and another was at Stoneybridge. 2 Barnacle Geese were at West Loch Ollay.

Barra: A Wood Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat were singing in Castlebay this morning. Another Lesser Whitethroat was at Nask and 6 Spotetd Flycatchers were around the island.

Insects: 2 Beautiful Yellow Underwing, a Satyr Pug, Silver Y and a Brimstone Moth were seen in South Glendale today.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides BIrds Spotted Flycatcher, Eriskay, Outer Hebrides Birds Pectoral Sandpiper and Spotted Flycatcher (Steve Duffield)

 

15th May:

Lewis: A Crane was at Melbost Farm, east of Stornoway.

South Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Orosay this morning. A Curlew Sandpiper was at Ardivachar.

Barra: A Turtle Dove was at Cuithir early morning.

Insects: A Beautiful Yellow Underwing was in South Glendale, Good numbers of Red Admirals are around at the moment.

Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Outer Hebrides moths Pectoral Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides BIrds Beautiful Yellow Underwing and Pectoral Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

14th May:

North Uist: 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Ruff were on the shore at Aird an Runair, Balranald. A 2nd summer Glaucous Gul was at Cheese Bay, feeding around the fish farm.

Benbecula: An Osprey was opposite the Isle of Benbecula Hotel this evening. A female Ruff was at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were at Ardivachar. A Spotted Flycatcher was at North Loch Eynort. 3 Avocets were at the south-west end of Loch Bee. A drake Scaup was on east Loch Bee.

Avocet, Outer Hebrides Birds Avocet (Alan Kennedy)

 

13th May:

North Uist: 2 Curlew Sandpipers were at Aird an Runair, Balranald.

Benbecula: A drake Garganey was on Coot Loch this morning.

South Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper was off Hebridean Jewellery.

Corncrake Curlew Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Birds Purple Sandpiper Outer Hebrides Birds
Corncrake (Alan Kennedy); Curlew Sandpiper and Purple Sandpiper (Steve Duffield)

 

12th May:

Lewis: A Wood Sandpiper was at Loch Stiapabhat this morning. An Osprey was at Loch Stiapabhat before heading off east this afternoon. A Great White Egret was at Kirkibost, Great Bernera.

St. Kilda: A Hawfinch was on Hirta.

North Uist: A House Martin was in Carinish this morning. 3 Curlew Sandpipera were at Balranald this afternoon.

Benbecula: A Swift was at Borve this morning.

South Uist: An Avocet was at the south-west end of Loch Bee. A Little Stint was at Ardivachar. A Curlew Sandpiper was briefly off Hebridean Jewellery.

Barra: A Wood Warbler was at Creachan.

Marine Sightings: At least 2 Minke Whales and 5 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Sanderling, Outer Hebrides birds Sanderling (Alan Kennedy)

 

11th May:

Lewis: A Bee-eater was seen between Port of Ness ad Skigersta this morning. An Osprey was at Loch Barvas in the evening.

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper was at Balranald today.

Benbecula: A Ruff was at Loch Mor.

South Uist: 3 Avocets were seen in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. A Ruff was on the beach at Ardivachar. 3 Brent Geese were at Smerclate.

Insects: 119 moths / 12 species were trapped in South Glendale last night and included 2 Emperor Moths, 3 Knot Grass, 1 Broom Moth, 1 Grey Scalloped Bar, 1 Shears,  1 Small Square-spot, 7 Striped Twin-spot Carpets. At Eriskay 44 moths / 12 species included 2 Fox Moth, 1 Pebble Prominent, 1 Puss Moth, 1 Buff Ermine, 1 Glaucous Shears, 3 Grey Scalloped Bar, 1 Poplar Lutestring, 1 Garden Carpet.

Fox Moth, Outer Hebrides moths Poplar Lutestring, Outer Hebrides moths Shears Fox Moth, Poplar Lutestring and Shears (John Kemp)

 

10th May:

Benbecula: Around 20 Black-tailed Godwits and a female Ruff were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: A Wood Sandpiper was at Loch Smerclate this morning. 2 Avocets, 42 Black-tailed Godwits and a Barnacle Goose were at the south-west end of Loch Bee. A House Martin was at Ardivachar. A male Ruff was at West Loch Ollay.

Wood Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides birds female Ruff, Outer Hebrides birds Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides Birds Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides birds
Wood Sandpiper (John Kemp); Ruff (Steve Duffield); Short-eared Owl (Alan Kennedy)

 

9th May:

North Uist: A Long-tailed Skua flew north off Balranald late morning.

Benbecula: A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was in Stinky Bay this morning.

 

8th May:

Benbecula: A Ruff was on Loch Mor.

South Uist: 2 Wood Sandpipers were at Loch Smerclate this morning. A drake Scaup was on Loch Bee.

Wood Sandpiper, South Uist Wood Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

7th May:

Lewis: 2 Pomarine Skuas flew past the Butt.

Harris: A Common Crane was seen circling over the A859 this morning; heading for Scaladale.

North Uist: A drake Garganey was on Loch nam Feithean. 2 Pintail were on Loch na Paisg, Baleshare. 450 Pink-footed Geese were seen heading north-west over Paible this afternoon (in several flocks).

South Uist: A female Lapland Bunting was seen on the machair track at Boisdale today. A Wood Sandpiper was at Loch Smerclate.

Marine Sightings: At least 7 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardivachar this morning.

Corncrake, Outer Hebrides birds Common Sandpiper Short-eared Owl
Corncrake (Steve Duffield); Common Sandpiper and Short-eared Owl (Alan Kennedy)

 

6th May:

Lewis: A 3rd cal yr Glaucous Gull past the Butt this evening.

North Uist: The Great White Egret was at Griminish Pier this morning before relocating to Loch Fada Gearrachun. A Treecreeper was at Langass today.

South Uist: 2 Gull-billed Terns were hawking over tha machair at Orosay this morning. 4 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua and 9 Pale-bellied Brents flew north at Ardvule this morning.

Corncrake, Outer Hebrides birds Whimbrel, Outer Hebrides birds Shelduck Gull-billed Tern, Outer Hebrides birds Wheatear
Cormcrake and Whimbrel (Steve Duffield); Shelduck (John Kemp); Gull-billed Tern and Wheatear (Alan Kennedy)

 

5th May:

North Uist: A Great White Egret was at Griminish Pier today (and nearby at Loch Olobhat).

Benbecula: A 2nd yr Iceland Gull was at Stinky Bay this morning.

South Uist: The 2 Gull-billed Terns were again in the Orosay area this morning. 2 (pair) Garganey were at Smerclate this morning. A Pomarine Skua flew north passed Smerclate this afternoon and an adult was seen off Ardvule.

Barra: A Hawfinch was at Ardmhor and a Wood Warbler was at Creachan. 5 Grasshopper Warblers were also on the island.

Great White Egret, Griminish, North Uist Gull-billed Tern, Outer Hebrides birds Great White Egret (Steve Duffield); Gull-billed Tern (John Kemp)

 

4th May:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gul was in Port of Ness. A White-billed Diver flew south-east past Port of Ness late morning.

North Uist: 120 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Carinish mid morning. 3 Ruff were at Loch na Paisg, Baleshare. 45 Whimbrel were by Loch Sandary this evening; also 10 flew north-west over Carinish this evening.

South Uist: An Osprey flew north over Loch Grogarry this afternoon. A Lesser Whitethroat was in Howmore today.

Insects: A Netted Pug was trapped on St. Kilda last night.

Lesser Whitethroat, Outer Hebrides birds summer plumage Purple Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides birds Sand Martin, Outer Hebrides birds Lesser Whitethroat, Purple Sandpiper and Sand Martin (Alan Kennedy)

 

3rd May:

North Uist: 60 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Claddach Kirkibost this morning.

Benbecula: A Ruff was at Coot Loch in the morning.

South Uist: A Crane flew south over Howmore this morning. 80 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Ardvule this afternoon. 2 Velvet Scoters were on Loch Bornish. A Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Smerclate this evening.

Barra: A Bee-eater was in Castlebay around midday and it or another was reported over Mingulay later in the day.

Common Crane, South Uist Common Crane (Alan Kennedy)

 

2nd May:

St. Kilda: An adult Bonaparte's Gull was in Village Bay, Hirta.

South Uist: A Waxwing was in Bornish this morning. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Stoneybridge this afternoon.

Insects: 167 moths of 22 species were trapped at Loch Eynort last night including a Herald, 3 Grey Birch, 8 Ruddy Highflyers, 3 May Highflyers, 7 Early Tooth-striped, 33 Grey Pine Carpet, 11 Golden-rod Pugs, 2 Foxglove Pugs, 40 Clouded Drab, 11 Early Grey, 1 Iron Prominent, 2 Powdered Quaker and 1 Autumn Green Carpet. In South Glendale 116 moths of 18 species were caught including a Puss Moth, 2 Powdered Quaker, 2 Satyr Pugs, 1 Double-striped Pug, 1 Narrow-winged Pug and 68 Brown Silver-lines.

Herald, Outer Hebrides moths Herald (John Kemp)

 

1st May:

St. Kilda: A Waxwing was on Hirta today.

North Uist: A Gull-billed Tern was at the mouth of Loch Paible late morning before heading north towards Balranald.

South Uist: A drake Garganey was on Loch an't-saile. 2 Avocets were at the south-west end of Loch Bee.

Gull-billed Tern, North Uist Gull-billed Tern, North Uist, Outer Hebrides birds Gull-billed Tern (Steve Duffield)