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30th November:

Lewis: 50+ Bramblings were seen by the waterwheel in Willowglen, Stornoway today.

North Uist: An adult Little Gull was at Aird an Runair, Balranald today. A Little Egret was on Baleshare.

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule included 22 Great Northern Divers, 16 Red-throated Divers, 36 Gannets, 20 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Black Guillemots, 2 Razorbills, 1 Guillemot, 355 Kittiwakes and 1 Great Skua. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was at Borve again today.

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver (John Kemp)

 

29th November:

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule included 9 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 7 Red-throated Divers, 51 Gannets, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 16 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Black Guillemots, 8 Guillemots and 246 Kittiwakes. 17 Snow Buntings were at Peninerine.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was at Borve again today. 25 Snow Buntings were on the shore at Eoligarry. 53 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. 4 Common Redpolls were at Castlebay.

Marine Sightings: 7 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen off Ardvule this morning with 5 heading south and 2 north.

Otter, South Uist Pied Wagtail Otter and Pied Wagtail (John Kemp)

 

28th November:

Lewis: A drake Goosander was at the head of Loch Erisort. A Great White Egret was seen on the loch below Borghastan, Carloway today.

North Uist: A Hawfinch was seen at Paiblesgarry this morning.

 

27th November:

South Uist: A Little Auk flew south at Ardvule this morning; also 4 Snow Buntings on Bornish machair. 3 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was at Borve Point today. Also 2 Pink-footed Geese and 53 Brent Geese on the island.

leucistic Common Gull leucistic Common Gull (John Kemp)

 

26th November:

St. Kilda: A Greenland White-fronted Goose was seen on Hirta.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary and a pale-bellied Brent Goose was with the Barnacle Geese in the area. A male Blackcap was seen in Sollas today. Jack Snipe were seen at Loch Sandary and Cnoc Cuidhein today.

South Uist: 3 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

White-tailed Eagle White-tailed Eagles White-tailed Eagles (John Kemp)

 

25th November:

South Uist: A Black-tailed Godwit flew east at Ardvule this morning and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Ardvule; also a Shoveler there. 3 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. A Little Egret was seen at Loch Hallan.

Great Northern Diver White-tailed Eagle, Benbecula Great Northern Diver (John Kemp); White-tailed Eagle (Steve Duffield)

 

24th November:

Lewis: A Pink-footed Goose was at Sand Street, Stornoway.

Harris: 3 drake Surf Scoters, 320+ Common Scoters and at least 36 Slavonian Grebes were in the Sound of Taransay.

Sound of Harris: A 1st yr male Surf Scoter (a couple of minutes before arriving at Berneray), 45 Great Northern Divers and 19 Red-throated Divers were seen from the ferry this afternoon.

North Uist: A Rough-legged Buzzard was reported from Langass Wood. The Cackling Goose and Canada Goose were seen by Loch Sandary; also the drake Green-winged Teal. An American Wigeon was seen at Oban Trumisgarry. On Berneray 85 Snow Buntings were on Borve machair with another 22 by Loch Bhrusda. A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags at Loch Bhrusda. 2 Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair, Balranald.

South Uist: 2 Little Egrets were at Howmore. 6 Bramblings were at North Loch Eynort.

Barra: A White-billed Diver was off Ardmhor ferry terminal. A Little Auk was seen at Scurrival along with 5 Snow Buntings.

 

23rd November:

Lewis: 45 Greenland White-fronted Geese (8 juveniles) were by Loch Barvas; also a few Snow Buntings on the machair nearby. A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags at Barvas. A Coot was on Loch Ordais; also 2 Barnacle Geese here.

South Uist: 5 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Bornish. 3 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.

 

22nd November:

Lewis: A drake Goosander was at the head of Loch Eireasort today.

Harris: 2 drake Surf Scoters, 300+ Common Scoters and 80+ Long-tailed Ducks were in the Sound of Taransay.

South Uist: 6 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 1 Little Auk and 1 female Common Scoter flew south at Ardvule this morning; also a Woodcock flying east inland along the headland and a Song Thrush out there. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. A Chiffchaff and 2 redpolls were in Askernish.

Barra: 100 Long-tailed Ducks and a Woodcock! (the latter before flying to land) were off Craigston today.

Twite Twite (John Kemp)

 

21st November:

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale today. A Little Egret was seen at Smerclate this morning.

 

20th November

North Uist: Around 20 Snow Buntings and 3 Pink-footed Geese were on Borve machair, Berneray. A drake American Wigeon was on Loch Aileodair. A Waxwing was seen at Langass today.

South Uist: 4 Blackcaps and a Goldcrest were in South Glendale.

Barra: 8 Snow Buntings, 3 Common Scoters and a Jackdaw were at Eoligarry. 50 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. A Chiffchaff, 2 Common Redpolls and a Brambling were in Castlebay. A Brambling was on Vatersay and a Common Scoter off the east beach.

Insects: A Brindled Ochre was caught in South Glendale last night.

Brindled Ochre male Blackcap Brindled Ochre and Blackcap (John Kemp)

 

19th November:

North Uist: 9 Crossbills were in Langass Wood. The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary; also a Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Pink-footed Geese there.

South Uist: 5 Blackcaps, 2 Bramblings and a Fieldfare were in South Glendale. A 1st winter Rook was at Kilpheder Point.

Barra: A Little Egret was seen at Traigh Mor this morning.

male Crossbill, North Uist Crossbill, Outer Hebrides 1st winter Rook Crossbill (Steve Duffield); Rook (John Kemp)

 

18th November:

North Uist: A Common Redpoll was in Carinish this morning. The Cackling Goose and Canada Goose were at Paiblesgarry this morning whilst the pale-bellied Brent Goose and 13 Pink-footed Geese were by Loch Sandary. The drake Green-winged Teal and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary.

Benbecula: A drake Ring-necked Duck was on Coot Loch; also a pair of Pintail, 14 Gadwall and a Black-tailed Godwit there. A drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Mor.

South Uist: 3 Bramblings and 2 Blackcaps were in Bornish. 5 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. A Chiffchaff and Brambling were in Askernish.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was still at Borve today. 2 Blackcaps were in Northbay.

Cackling Goose and Canada Goose, North Uist Cackling Goose and Canada Goose (John Kemp)

 

17th November:

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew south over Carinish this morning; also 2 Fieldfare and a Woodcock present. A Mistle Thrush was at Scotvein, Grimsay today. A Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, pale-bellied Brent Goose and 13 Pink-footed Geese were with Barnacles at Knockintorran / Balemore today; also a female Blackcap there. The drake Green-winged Teal and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary. A Coot was on Loch na Reivil, Hougharry.

South Uist: 5 Blackcaps and a Brambling were in South Glendale. A Chiffchaff and male Blackcap were at North Loch Eynort this morning.

Canada and Cackling Goose Canada Goose with Cackling Goose Cackling Goose with Canada, North Uist Canada and Cackling Geese with Barnacles (Steve Duffield)

 

16th November:

North Uist: 11 Pink-footed Geese and a pale-bellied Brent Goose were in fields at Knockintorran; also a Black-tailed Godwit nearby at Loch Sandary.

Barra: 3 Todd's Canada Geese were at Borve; also the small Canada Goose was still present. A Little Egret flew south at Northbay this morning. A Jackdaw flew south at Eoligarry. 40 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.

 

14th November:

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule included 22 Red-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, 10 Gannets, 12 Long-tailed Ducks, 19 Eider, 2 Kittiwakes and a Black Guillemot. 4 Blackcaps are in South Glendale. 2 Blackcaps and 3 Bramblings are in Bornish.

Barra: 3 Todd's Canada Geese were at Borve; also the small Canada Goose was still present. A Jackdaw was at Tangasdale. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor.

 

13th November:

North Uist: A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags at Balranald; another 2 and a Brent Goose were with Greylags at Malaclate and another single Pink-foot was with Greylags on Berneray. A Jack Snipe was in Carinish.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning were 24 Red-throated Divers, 4 Great Northern Divers, 24 Gannets, 249 Kittiwakes and 1 Black Guillemot heading south. 3 Blackcaps, a Brambling and a Woodcock were in South Glendale.

Barra: 3 Todd's Canada Geese were on Borve; also the small Canada Goose was still present with the Barnacle Geese. 2 Pink-footed Geese were also at Borve and 38 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. 12 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mor. A Blackcap was at Creachan. A Chiffchaff and 2 Bramblings were in Castlebay.

Insects: An Angle Shades was seen in South Glendale last night.

Greenshank female Blackcap male Blackcap Greenshank (Steve Duffield); Blackcaps (John Kemp)

12th November:

North Uist: 12 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean.

 

11th November:

South Uist: Southerly passage at Ardvule included 74 Gannets, 27 Red-throated Divers, 13 Great Northern Divers, 7 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 16 Auks sp., and 2 Kittiwakes. 21 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 4 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. An immature Rook was at Stoneybridge. 36 Whooper Swans were on West Loch Ollay. 172 Whooper Swans, 2 Pintail and 2 immature Scaup were on Loch Stilligarry. A Brambling was in Bornish.

Great Northern Diver Goldeneye Great Northern Diver and Goldeneye (John Kemp)

 

10th November:

South Uist: Southerly passage at Ardvule this morning included 236 Gannets, 10 Great Northern Divers, 18 Red-throated Divers, 6 Eider, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 57 Kittiwakes, 12 Guillemots and 23 Auk sp. 21 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Pink-footed Geese were on Bornish machair. 4 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.

 

9th November:

South Uist: 4 Blackcaps are still in South Glendale. A Pink-footed Goose and Fieldfare were in Askernish.

 

8th November:

Lewis: A Waxwing was seen in Barvas this morning. A near adult and juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Loch Stiapabhat this morning; also a Ruff nearby.

South Uist: 22 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair; also a a Pink-footed Goose and 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese. A Little Egret was by the church at Bornish. 4 Blackcaps (1 male) were in South Glendale.

Barra: The small canada goose sp. is still at Borve.

Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gull (Tony Marr)

 

7th November:

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was seen on Loch Sandary this morning.

South Uist: A Little Egret was on Loch Bornish. 3 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. A Chiffchaff was in Askernish and a Little Egret flew north there in the afternoon. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at West Gerinish.

Little Egret Little Egret (John Kemp)

 

6th November:

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

North Uist: 2 Canada / Cackling Geese were reported from Knockintorran with 1,300 Barnacle Geese. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps and a Brambling were in South Glendale. A Little Egret was seen at Frobost.

 

5th November:

Lewis: A Common Rosefinch was with House Sparrows in Port of Ness this morning.

North Uist: A Common Rosefinch was trapped on Grimsay today. 2 Chiffchaffs and 11 Common Redpolls were at Callernish House.

Benbecula: A juvenile American Golden Plover at Liniclate was reported to have flown off south this morning. A Pink-footed Goose was on Borve machair and 2 were at Loch Mor.

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps and a Brambling were in South Glendale. 13 redpolls, a Fieldfare and Blackcap were at North Loch Eynort.

Common Rosefinch Fieldfare Common Rosefinch (Tony Marr); Fieldfare (John Kemp)

 

4th November:

Lewis: An adult (pale) Pomarine Skua flew south-west past the Butt today at 12:32; also a juvenile Glaucous Gull early morning and a Snow Bunting.

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule this morning included 26 Great Northern Divers, 8 Red-throated Divers, 52 Gannets, 8 Long-tailed Ducks, 16 Kittiwakes, 6 Black Guillemots, 4 Guillemots and 2 Razorbills. A female Blackcap and Woodcock were in South Glendale.

Long-tailed Duck Long-tailed Duck (John Kemp)

 

3rd November:

Lewis: A Great Tit was seen at Ardabroc, near Lionel, Ness. 8 Waxwings and 5 Bramblings in Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway at the bottom of the castle lawn.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal is still on Loch Sandary/

South Uist: 54 Great Northern Divers flew south off Ardvule this morning. A male Blackcap was in South Glendale.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was still at Borve Point.

 

2nd November:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Stiapabhat; also a Fieldfare nearby. A Ruff was at Eoropie.

North Uist: A female Blackcap was in Lochmaddy. A Pomarine Skua was seen from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry off Waternish Point, Skye. A Coot is on Loch na Reivil. 2 female Pintail are on Loch nam Feithean. 4 Common Scoters flew north off Aird an Runair.

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.

Blackcap White-tailed Eagles White-tailed Eagles Blackcap and White-tailed Eagles (John Kemp)

 

1st November:

Lewis: 6 Waxwings were in the Castle Grounds between Cuddy Point and the Woodland Centre (20 here yesterday). A Little Egret was at the bottom of Sand Street, Stornoway. 2 Jackdaws were seen between Cross and Skigersta. 2 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, 30 Bramblings and a male Hen Harrier were seen in Port of Ness.

North Uist: A Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest are in Carinish. A Fieldfare was on Baleshare.