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31st August:

Lewis: 44 Black-tailed Godwits were at Steinish today.

St , Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen in Village Bay this evening.

South Uist: A Great Skua, 7 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and the juv Pectoral Sandpiper were on the Range this morning. A Ruff was at Ardivachar. A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, 4 Ruff and 17 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Bornish. 10 Black-tailed Godwits were at Boisdale. 2 Sooty Shearwaters , 250 Manx Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua and 8 Storm Petrels were seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Ruff Wheatear, South Uist Pectoral Sandpiper, Ruff and Wheatear (John Kemp)

 

30th August:

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

North Uist: The ferry crossing between Lochmaddy and Uig around midday produced 33 Storm Petrels, 50+ Manx Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua.

South Uist: Southerly passage at Ardvule this morning of 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 103 Gannets, 29 Fulmars, 67 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Storm Petrels, 15 Arctic Terns, 4 Common Terns, 119 Kittiwakes, 3 Great Skuas and 3 Arctic Skuas; also present a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper and 22 Knot. 48 Knot and a Great Skua flew south at Smerclate. A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Ruff and 16 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Range at LA2. 2 Pomarine Skuas flew south past the Pollochar this morning.

Common Tern Pectoral Sandpiper, Ardvule Snipe Common Tern, Pectoral Sandpiper and Snipe (John Kemp)

 

29th August:

North Uist: 4 Ruff and at least 10 Black-tailed Godwits are at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper is at Kilpheder. 50 Black-tailed Godwits are at Boisdale. 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 50 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua flew south past the Pollochar this afternoon; also 80 Black-tailed Godwits flew south followed by another 50 - 60 south through the Sound of Barra later.

Barra: A 3 hour watch off Aird a Chaolais, Vatersay this afternoon produced 48 Sooty Shearwaters, 2,000 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Arctic Terns, 2 Great Skuas and a Whimbrel heading south. The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

Wheatear Whooper Swans Wheatear and Whooper Swans (Steve Duffield)

 

28th August:

North Uist: 5 Ruff and 17 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Kilpheder Point today. 50 Black-tailed Godwits were at Boisdale. An Osprey was seen at Loch Bornish this afternoon.

juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Otter, South Uist Otter, South Uist Curlew Sandpiper and Otters (John Kemp)

 

27th August:

North Uist: 4 Whimbrel were at Balranald and a Lapland Bunting was seen there. 35 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff were by Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 120 Black-tailed Godwits were at Boisdale whilst 28 were at Askernish, 17 were at Daliburgh, 7 were at Frobost and 12 were at Kildonan.

Barra: The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Craigston. A Grey Wagtail was at Brevig and a Spotted Flycatcher was in Northbay.

Merlin Merlin (John Kemp)

 

26th August:

Lewis: 30 Black-tailed Godwits were in fields opposite Plasterfield estate, Stornoway today.

North Uist: The Rosy Starling was seen in Locheport again today. 13 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff were near Loch Sandary.

Barra: The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

Insects: Another Convolulus Hawkmoth was seen today; this morning outside the Griminish surgery in Benbecula.

Rosy Starling in Locheport Rose-coloured Starling (Peter deVries)

 

25th August:

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

Harris: 135 Common Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay.

South Uist: A Wilson's Petrel was reported from the Mallaig - Lochboisdale ferry this afternoon.

Insects: A large catch of moths last night included 3 Convolvulus Hawkmoths in South Glendale; plus a fourth there in the evening feeding in the garden.

Convoilvulus Hawkmoths Peacock Butterfly Convolvulus Hawkmoths and Peacock Buttefly (John Kemp)

 

24th August:

Harris: A Whimbrel was at Huisinish today.

North Uist: 54 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Whimbrel and 3 Ruff were on Baleshare this afternoon. The Rose-coloured Starling is still visiting a garden in Locheport.

South Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 10 Whimbrel flew south at Ardivachar this morning.

Barra: A Pomarine Skua was seen heading south-west off Cleat in the morning. 3000 Manx Shearwaters flew south off Brevig in an hour this morning.

Bonxie and Mallard juvenile Chiffchaff Bonxie and Chiffchaff (John Kemp)

 

23rd August:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen in Village Bay, Hirta this morning.

Harris: 7 Black-tailed Godwits were at Seilebost.

North Uist: 19 Black-tailed Godwits were at Balemore this morning. A female Blackcap was in Langass Wood.

South Uist: 311 Gannets, 2 Red-throated Divers, 33 Fulmars, 42 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrels, 1 Great Skua south at Ardvule this whilst a Whimbrel came in off the sea.

 

22nd August:

Lewis: 11 Black-tailed Godwits were in Ness. A Sooty Shearwater, 200+ Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skuas, 15 Storm Petrels and 3 Black-throated Divers were seen heading south from the Butt (09:00 - 12:00).

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper and Glaucous Gull were at Loch Paible today.

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule included 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 345 Gannets, 58 Fulmars, 93 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrels, 3 Great Skuas, 3 Kittiwakes and 1 Arctic Tern. A Ruff and 12 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair.

Barra: A Sooty Shearwater was seen from Vatersay along with 570 Manx Shearwaters; also a Grey Wagtail here. 20 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff flew south over Northbay this morning.

Black-throated Diver, Outer Hebrides Black-throated Diver (John Kemp)

 

21st August:

Lewis: 3 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ness.

North Uist: A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 42 Knot were on Loch Paible.

Benbecula: 64 Black-tailed Godwits were in fields at Liniclate.

South Uist: 11 Black-tailed Godwits were at Askernish.

juvenile Hen Harrier waders Loch Paible Hen Harrier and waders - including Curlew Sandpiper (Martin Benson)

 

20th August:

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Scarasta Mhor today and 140 Common Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay.

Insects: 73 moths/ 27 species were trapped at North Loch Eynort last night which included 2 Pink-barred Sallow, 6 Barred Chestnut, 1 Dun-bar, 1 Neglected Rustic, 2 Golden-rod Pugs, 4 Dark Marbled Carpet, 14 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 1 Epinotia ramella, 2 Eudonia angustea, 1 Agonopterix nervosa and a Gracillaria syringella. 208 moths / 23 species were trapped at South Glendale last night which included 2 Heath Rustic, 1 Neglected Rustic, 11 Autumnal Rustic, 1 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 4 Hedge Rustic, 2 Northern Deep-brown Darts, 1 Eudonia angustea and 3 Udea lutealis.

Agonpoterix nervosa Barred Chestnut Dun-bar Epinotia rapella
Agonopterix nervosa, Barred Chestnut, Dun-bar and Epinotia ramella (John Kemp)

 

19th August:

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

North Uist: 36 Black-tailed Godwits were at Balemore today.

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning 110 Gannets, 2 Red-throated Divers (+ 2 on the sea), 2 Black-throated Divers, (1 Great Northern Diver on the sea), 110 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, also 2 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Golden Plover flew south over the sea. A single Great Skua flew north. 84 Black-tailed Godwits were at Boisdale.

Barra: A Pomarine Skua flew south off Brevig this afternoon.

Marine Sightings: 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins swam north off Ardvule this morning.

Black-throated Diver, Outer Hebrides Black-throated Diver Red-throated Diver, Outer Hebrides Black-throated Divers and Red-throated Diver (John Kemp)

 

18th August:

Harris: 110 Common Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay. 4 Black-tailed Godwits were at Scarasta Mhor.

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling is still at feeders in Loch Euphort. 63 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Sandary.

South Uist: Birds flying south at Ardvule this morning included 1 Red-throated Diver, 111 Gannets, 96 Fulmars, 94 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 24 Storm Petrels, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 42 Kittiwakes, 1 Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua while a Great Skua flew north. 2 Ruff were on Bornish machair. 34 Black-tailed Godwits were at the north end of Loch Bee.

Barra: A juvenile Little Stint was at Traigh Mhor. 20 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Vatersay.

Ruff Ruff (John Kemp)

 

17th August:

Harris: 3 Black-tailed Godwits were at Sgarasta Mhor.

South Uist: Birds flying south at Ardvule this morning included 2 Great Northern Divers, 199 Gannets, 94 Fulmars, 375 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Storm Petrels, 3 Common Terns, 6 Kittiwakes and 3 Great Skuas; also 8 Black-tailed Godwits were present. 2 Ruff were on Bornish machair.

Barra: A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull was at Craigston.

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

juvenile Shelduck, North Uist Sea Holly, Outer Hebrides Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Outer Hebrides Storm Petrel, Outer Hebrides
juvenile Shelducks and Sea Holly (Steve Duffield); Bottle-nosed Dolphins and Storm Petrel (John Kemp)

 

16th August:

Harris: Around 50 Common Scoters and 2 Velvet Scoters were reported from the Sound of Taransay today.

South Uist: 83 Gannets, 2 Red-throated Divers, 11 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrels, 1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake and 16 Whimbrel flew south at Ardvule this morning. A Ruff was on Bornish machair.

Ruff, Outer Hebrides Whimbrels migrating UIst Ruff and Whimbrel (John Kemp)

 

15th August

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

 

14th August:

Insects: 248 moths / 33 species were caught in South Glendale last which included 2 Treble-bar, 1 Scotch Annulet, 2 Striped Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Autumnal Rustic, 3 Crescent, 3 Northern Deep-brown Dart, 5 Burnished Brass, 1 Silver Y, Eudonia angustea, Udea lutealis, 3 Acleris aspersana and 4 Eana osseana.

Sparrowhawk, Outer Hebrides Treble-bar Northern Deep-brown Dart
Sparrowhawk (Sandy at Rushlee House); Treble-bar and Northern Deep-brown Dart (John Kemp)

 

13th August:

North Uist: A 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull was near Rubh' Arnal. A juvenile Ruff and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Balranald.

Insects: 2 Graylings and 2 Dark Green Fritillaries were seen on the Easabhal this afternoon.

Knot, Outer Hebrides 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull Red Admiral, Outer Hebrides Butterflies
Knot and Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield); Red Admiral (John Kemp)

 

12th August:

South Uist: At Ardvule this morning a southerly movement of 37 Gannets (also 27 N), 1 Storm Petrel, 7 Manx Shearwaters and 1 Arctic Tern while birds flying north were 13 Kittiwakes, 156 Fulmars and an Arctic Skua.

Marine Sightings: A male Orca (John Coe) was seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

Common Blue butterfly Dark Green Fritillary Common Blue and Dark Green Fritillary (John Kemp)

 

11th August:

North Uist: 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull and 14 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary. A Rose-coloured Starling was seen in Locheport today.

 

10th August:

Lewis: An Osprey was seen in flight over Uig Lodge heading towards Ardroil this morning.

North Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits were on Baleshare today.

South Uist: 2 Great Skuas and 8 juvenile Knot were seen at Ardvule this morning.

Insects: 137 moths/32 species were trapped in South Glendale last night including 34 Antler Moth, 3 Hedge Rustic, 1 Minor Shoulder-knot, 1 Scotch Annulet, 11 Chevron, 1 Small Rivulet and micro moths 2 Eudonia angustea, Epinotia immundana and Mompha propinquella.

Peregrine with juvenile Common Gull Hedge Rustic Mompha propinquella Eudonia angustea
Peregrine with juvenile Common Gull, Hedge Rustic, Mompha propinquella and Eudonia angustea (John Kemp)

 

8th August:

North Uist: 7 Black-tailed Godwits were in recently cut fields at Hougharry this morning. A Green Sandpiper flew south at Bagh Hogha Glan this evening.

 

6th August:

North Uist: A female Two-barred Crossbill was at Langass Wood before flying south towards Langass Lodge although wasn't relocated here. A Two-barred Crossbill was heard calling along the track on the west side of Ben Risary plantation.

South Uist: A juvenile Crossbill was briefly in Bornish.

Barra: A male Two-barred Crossbill was at Bruernish this morning.

 

5th August:

North Uist: A Quail was heard calling along the Udal north of Sollas.

 

3rd August:

South Uist: The Osprey was still at Druidibeg this morning. 3 Common Sandpipers were on the coast at Stoneybridge.

Insects: 71 Ear agg., 343 Flounced Rustic, 102 White-line Dart, 8 Archer’s Dart, 25 Crambus perlella, 5 Plutella xylostella, 1 Pyrausta despicata, 1 Acleris aspersana, 5 Eana osseana and 1 Cochylis atricapitana were caught on Daliburgh machair last night. 103 moths of 24 species were caught at Carnan including 6 Double Lobed, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, a Light Emerald and Evergestis pallidata amongst others.

 

2nd August:

Lewis: An Osprey was seen at Ardroil.

North Uist: A 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull was on the beach at Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: The Osprey was seen at Druidibeg again today.

Insects: A couple of hundred Painted Ladies were seen on the machair at Baleshare this afternoon. 2 Northern Rustic, Chestnut-coloured Carpet, Scotch Annulet, Cnephasia conspersana, Scrobipalpa samadensis, Udea lutealis and Agriphila geniculea were caught on Eriskay last night.

Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

1st August:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen near the radar station on Hirta.

North Uist: 12 Storm Petrel were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this afternoon. 2 or 3 Two-barred Crossbills were seen in Langass Wood this afternoon.

Insects: Painted Lady butterflies are around in huge numbers at the moment with 100's seen on Barra today.

Agonopterix kaekeritziana Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana Cuckoo with Meadow Pipit
Agonopterix kaekeritziana
and Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana (John Kemp); Cuckoo being fed by Meadow Pipit (Steve Duffield)