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31st December:

Benbecula: The drake Ring-necked Duck is on Coot Loch. An Iceland Gull was seen at Nunton.

 

30th December:

Benbecula: 2 Pintail (male and female) are on Loch Mor.

Peregrine Peregrine Falcon (John Kemp)

 

29th December:

Insects: A Dark Sword-grass came to light last nigth in South Glendale.

Dark Sword-grass Goldfinch Dark Sword-grass and Goldfinch (John Kemp)

 

28th December:

Harris: 3 Surf Scoters (2 drakes and a female) were seen in the Sound of Taransay.

North Uist: A Jack Snipe was in Carinish. 29 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal and a single was with Barnacle Geese at Balemore.

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

 

27th December:

Benbecula: The female / immature Velvet Scoter was off Balivanich again today.

 

26th December:

North Uist: 47 pale-bellied Brent Geese were on Traigh Eachcamais, Baleshare.

Merlin Merlin (John Kemp)

 

Merry Christmas

25th December:

Barra: The small Canada Goose was on Borve machair.

 

24th December:

North Uist: 30 pale-bellied Brent Geese were near Rubh' Arnal and a single was with Barnacle Geese in the fields there.

Benbecula: The female / immature Velvet Scoter was off Balivanich.

 

23rd December:

Benbecula: The female / immature Velvet Scoter and a female Common Scoter were off Balivanich.

South Uist: A Rook and 12 Meadow Pipits were at Kilpheder point.

Barra: A Coot is on Loch Tangasdale, 2 Common Scoters were off Ardmhor.

Great Northern Diver 1st winter Rook Great Northern Diver and Rook (John Kemp)

 

22nd December:

North Uist: 13 Pintail are still on Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: 18 Snow Buntings and a Black-tailed Godwit were seen at Stoneybridge.

 

21st December:

North Uist: 2 hyrbid Cackling x Barnacle Geese were at Grenitote and a Greenland White-fronted Goose was nearby at Sollas. A Snow Bunting was on Baleshare.

Benbecula: The female / immature Velvet Scoter and 3 Common Scoters were off Balivanich.

Marine Sightings: 5 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardvule.

Cackling x Barnacle Goose Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Outer Hebrides Cackling x Barnacle Goose (Steve Duffield); Bottle-nosed Dolphins (John Kemp)

 

20th December:

North Uist: The Cackling Goose and small Canada Goose were at Balranald this afternoon whilst nearby 13 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean. The drake Green-winged Teal was at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: A Pink-footed Goose was by Loch Bornish.

Barra: The White-billed Diver was off Eoligarry. The small Canada Goose was on Borve machair.

Marine Sightings: 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardvule.

Pink-footed Goose with Greylag Richardson's Cackling Goose paired with intermediate Canada Goose
Pink-footed Goose with Greylag (John Kemp); Richardson's Cackling Goose with small / intermediate Canada Goose (Steve Duffield)

 

19th December:

Benbecula: The female / immature Velvet Scoter is still present off Balivanich.

 

18th December:

Benbecula: The immature / female Velvet Scoter is still off Balivanich.

South Uist: Southerly movement off Ardvule this morning included 1 Slavonian Grebe, 54 Great Northern Divers, 102 Red-throated Divers, 11 Gannets, 62 Long-tailed Duck, 61 Eiders, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Kittiwakes, singles of Razorbill, Guillemot and Black Guillemot.

 

17th December:

Lewis: 10 Long-tailed Tits were along Sandwick Road, Storonoway today.

North Uist: 5 Snow Buntings were at Rubh' Arnal and 42 Brent Geese were nearby.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was at Borve with the Barnacle Geese today.

 

16th December:

North Uist: At least 100 Snow Buntings were on Borve machair, Berneray today. A drake American Wigeon was at Loch Aileodair.

South Uist: A Grey Phalarope was seen at Stoneybridge.

Barra: The White-billed Diver was off Eoligarry along with a Common Scoter whilst 28 Snow Buntings were on the shore there. The small Canada Goose was still near Borve today.

 

15th December:

Harris: A 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was just beyond the old whaling station at Bunavoneader.

South Uist: 1 Common Scoter, 9 Long-tailed Dicks, 19 Red-throated Divers, 13 Great Northern Divers and a Black Guillemot flew south at Ardvule this morning.

 

14th December:

Lewis: A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Stornoway Harbour today.

Benbecula: The juvenile / female Velvet Scoter is still off Balivanich (short vid here).

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule today included 2 Gannets, 41 Red-throated Divers, 16 Great Northern Divers, 42 Eiders, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 Kittiwake. 7 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Askernish.

 

13th December:

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

 

12th December:

Benbecula: The female / immature Velvet Scoter was still of Balivanich this morning.

South Uist: The Rook was seen at Kilpheder again today; also 2 Pink-footed Geese plus 104 Mallards on the sea.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was still near Borve today.

 

10th December:

North Uist: 15 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean. A Fieldfare was near Loch Hosta.

South Uist: 25 Meadow Pipits were on the shore between Orosay and Kilpheder.

 

9th December:

Harris: 4 Surf Scoters (3 males and a female - short video of 2 here) and 325 Common Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay.

Sound of Harris: 162 Great Northern Divers, 32 Red-throated Divers and 17 Slavonian Grebes were seen from the ferry this afternoon.

Benbecula: 2 Pintail were on Coot Loch.

South Uist: 76 Whooper Swans and a female / immature Scaup were on Loch Bornish. A Little Egret was on Loch Stilligarry. A Scaup was on Loch Bee. 2 Bramblings were at Grogarry Lodge.

 

8th December:

Harris: 4 Surf Scoters ( 3 drakes and a female) were seen in the Sound of Taransay.

South Uist: Ardvule this morning produced 1 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Divers and 3 Long-tailed Duck. Also 1 Pied Wagtail, 140 Twite and a Snow Bunting. 71 Whooper Swans were on Loch Bornish.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was seen at Borve with Barnacle Geese and 2 Pink-footed Geese. A Corn Bunting was seen on Vatersay. A White-billed Diver was off Eoligarry.

Curlew Pied Wagtail Curlew and Pied Wagtail (John Kemp)

 

7th December:

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule this morning included Gannets, 4 Red-throated Divers, 8 Great Northern Divers, 3 Fulmars, 82 Long-tailed Ducks, 12 Eiders and 3 Kittiwakes.

 

6th December:

Benbecula: A female / 1st winter Velvet Scoter was off Balivanich today.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was seen at Borve with 210 Barnacle Geese. A Corn Bunting was seen on Vatersay.

Velvet Scoter, Outer Hebrides Velvet Scoter (Steve Duffield)

 

5th December:

Lewis: 2 Velvet Scoters were off Coll Beach (Traigh Chuil) this afternoon and a Little Egret was at Steinish.

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

South Uist: The 1st winter Rook is still at Kilpheder Point.

 

4th December:

North Uist: A Snow Bunting was at Rubh' Arnal.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was at Borve again today and the White-billed Diver was off Eoligarry. 4 Common Redpolls were in Castlebay.

 

3rd December:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen today in the quarry.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary. 10 Pintail and a Coot are on Loch nam Feithean. 10 Snow Buntings and 500 Twite were on the machair at Balranald whilst a Jack Snipe was at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits are at Loch Bornish. 1st winter Rook is still at Kilpheder Point; also 3 Snow Buntings there with 120 Twite. A Snow Bunting flew north at Daliburgh. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.

Snow Bunting Rook 1st winter Rook Snow Bunting and Rook (John Kemp)

 

2nd December:

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

North Uist: A Jack Snipe was at Lag Gorm, Baleshare.

Benbecula: A drake Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Fada.

Barra: The small Canada Goose was at Borve again today

 

1st December:

South Uist:  A female Common Scoter flew south at Ardvule this morning. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. 2 Glaucous Gulls (2nd winter and juvenile) between Stoneybridge and Peninerine. 20 Snow Buntings at Peninerine. 2 Bramblings and a Blackcap were in Bornish.

Barra: A White-billed Diver was seen distantly off Eoligarry today; also a Common Scoter and 16 Snow Buntings here. 3 Common Scoters were also off Vatersay.

Common Scoter Merlin Common Scoter and Merlin (John Kemp)