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2016

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

31st December:

South Uist: 4 Little Auks flew south at Ardvule this morning and a female Pintail was on Loch Ardvule. A juvnile Glaucous Gull was at Ardivachar. 122 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 33 Barnacle Geese were west of Loch Bee.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, South Uist Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

30th December:

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning 29 Gannets, 17 Red-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, 42 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 female Common Scoter, 6 Kittiwakes and a Little Auk flew south while 15 Pale-bellied Brents flew north.

 

29th December:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the North Ford, off Carinish early afternoon. A juvenile and 2nd cy Glaucous Gull were on Baleshare this afternoon; plus 5 Pintail (3 drakes).

South Uist: A Little Auk flew south at Ardvule this morning and a juvenile Glaucous Gull is still present.

2nd cy Glaucous Gull, Baleshare 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

28th December:

Benbecula: A 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was on Loch Mor this afternoon and a Black-tailed Godwit was at Coot Loch. A Little Egret was on the Benbecula side of the North Ford around midday today.

South Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was at the north end of Loch Bee. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule and another was at South Glendale.

Marine Sightings: Hundreds of thousands if not millions of By-the-wind Sailors have been washed up in the west side of Barra.

Black-tailed Godwit, Benbecula Black-tailed Godwit (Steve Duffield)

 

27th December:

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean along with 5 Coots.

 

26th December:

North Uist: A drake Pintail and a Snow Bunting were on Baleshare, whilst a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north-west there this afternoon.

South Uist: A Little Auk and 24 Kittiwakes flew south at Ardvule this morning. A Woodcock was in South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Brambling were at Brevig today.

Marine Sightings: Small numbers of By-the-wind Sailors have been washed up on Baleshare.

By-the-wind Sailor, North Uist By-the-wind Sailor (Steve Duffield)

 

25th December:

South Uist: Birds heading south at Ardvule this morning included 19 Gannets, 2 Fulmars, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 17 Long-tailed Ducks, 221 Kittiwakes and a Golden Plover came in off the sea; a juvenile Glaucous Gull was also present.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, Ardvule Kittiwake Glaucous Gull and Kittiwake (John Kemp)

 

24th December:

North Uist: The American Coot was on the far side of Loch nam Feithean today along with at least 4 Coots. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Aird an Runair along with 4 Snow Buntings.

South Uist: 7 Gannets, 12 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 16 Kittiwakes, 1 Razorbill and a Black Guillemot flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Glaucous Gull (new indiviual) was off Tangasdale today. 7 Pink-footed Geese are at Eoligarry. The Brambling is at Brevig.

Snow Bunting, North Uist Great Northern Diver, South Uist Long-tailed Ducks, Ardvule
Snow Bunting (Steve Duffield); Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Ducks (John Kemp)

 

23rd December:

South Uist: A Blackcap and Woodcock were in South Glendale today.

 

22nd December:

South Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal is at the north end of Loch Bee. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A Chiffchaff was at Nasg and a Brambling was in Brevig. 7 Pink-footed Geese were at Scurrival.

 

21st December:

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Craigston / Allasdale today.

 

19th December:

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls are at Ardvule and a Pintail is on Loch Ardvule. A Blackcap is still in South Glendale.

Buzzard, South Uist Buzzard (John Kemp)

 

18th December:

North Uist: A pair of Pintail are on Baleshare.

South Uist: 42 Gannets, 19 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Black Guillemots flew south at Ardvule this morning; also 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls in the south bay there. A Blackcap is in South Glendale.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, South Uist juvenile Glaucous Gull, Outer Hebrides Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

17th December:

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at Ardvule today and 2 Common Scoters were in the south bay there with Eiders. A single Blackcap was at South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish. 6 Pink-footed Geese were at Eoligarry.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, Rubha Ardvule Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

16th December:

North Uist: A Little Egret was on the North Ford between Grimsay and Gramsdale, Benbecula this afternoon.

South Uist: A 1st winter Little Gull, adult Iceland Gull and a Black-tailed Godwit were in North Bay this morning. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale. 16 Goldfinch were at Garrynamonie.

1st winter Little Gull, South Uist adult Iceland Gull, Uist Iceland Gull, North Bay Little Gull and Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

15th December:

North Uist: 41 Brent Geese are near Kyles Paible and a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south-eastwards there.

 

14th December:

South Uist: A Blue Tit, Water Rail and Fieldfare were in Bornish today. 2 Common Scoters flew south at Ardvule and the juvenile Glaucous Gull was still present. 3 Pintails were on Loch Ardvule. 22 Goldfinch were in Bornish. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull, 89 Brent Geese and 13 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor.

 

13th December:

North Uist: 3 Pintail are on Baleshare.

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Marine Sightings: A dead 30 ft whale on Baleshare beach appears to be a fully grown Minke Whale.

Whale, North Uist Baleen presumed Minke Whale (Steve Duffield)

 

12th December:

South Uist: 5 Pink-footed Geese were at Boisdale. 2 Blackcaps remain in South Glendale.

 

11th December:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Goat Island and a Grey Wagtail was at Bayhead, Stornoway.

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean with 5 Coots and viewable from the road.

South Uist: The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still at Ardvule. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Peninerine.

Marine Sightings: A Humpback Whale and Minke Whale were seen off Portvoller this afternoon.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, South Uist Purple Sandpipers, South Uist Glaucous Gull and Purple Sandpipers (John Kemp)

 

10th December:

Lewis: A single Barnacle Goose and Pink-footed Goose were with Greylags at Shore Street, Stornoway.

North Uist: A Chiffchaff was in Carinish today.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Barra: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were on the island with 1 at Eoligarry and the other at Craigston. The Coot is still on Loch Tangasdale.

 

9th December:

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule.

 

8th December:

North Uist: The Water Rail is still at Scotvein, Grimsay.

South Uist: 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 23 Gannets, 1 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, a juvenile Glaucous Gull, 67 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Skua and 17 Long-tailed Ducks flew south at Ardvule this morning. 3 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

 

6th December:

North Uist: The Water Rail is still at Scotvein, Grimsay.

South Uist: A Water Rail and a Blackcap are in Carnan.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor and 10 Snow Buntings were just south of the airport.

 

5th December:

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean and close to the road this morning. The Water Rail is still at Scotvein, Grimsay.

American Coot American Coot (Steve Duffield)

 

4th December:

North Uist: A Water Rail is coming to a garden at Scotvein, Grimsay.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule. 2 Blackcaps were at South Glendale.

juvenile Glaucous Gull juvenile Glaucous Gull (John Kemp)

 

3rd December:

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps and a brief Waxwing were in South Glendale.

 

2nd December:

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.