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17th July:

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Baymore, Grimsay today. A Whimbrel flew south over Carinish this afternoon.


16th July:

North Uist: The 2nd summer Glaucous Gull is still at Aird an Runair.

Arctic Tern with chick Ringed Plover chick Raven Arctic Tern Dunlin
Arctic Tern, Ringed Plover and Raven (Steve Duffield); Arctic Tern and Dunlin (Mike Creedon)


15th July:

Lewis: 57 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Stiapabhat this evening.

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was seen at Sollas this afternoon.

Benbecula: An adult Little Gull was seen in Stinky Bay this morning.

South Uist: Birds south at Ardvule this morning included 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 118 Gannets, 3 Fulmars, 45 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Storm Petrels, 10 Razorbills, 1 Guillemot, 8 Puffins, 13 Auk sp., and 1 Great Skua; also a single Whimbrel present. A juvenile Siskin was in South Glendale.

Barra: A Redwing was seen at Garrygall today.


14th July:

South Uist: 1 Black-throated Diver, 43 Gannets, 7 Fulmars, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua and a Whimbrel flew south at Ardvule this morning. Also 65 Arctic Terns flew south as well as up to 40 at times feeding over Loch Ardvule, most of these latter birds 1st and 2nd summer birds.

Arctic Skua Black-throated Diver Arctic Skua and Black-throated Diver (John Kemp)


13th July:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater and 17 Manx Shearwaters flew west off the Butt in a 2 hour watch this morning.

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

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen on Grimsay near Scotvein Bay today. A Little Stint and 2nd summer Glaucous Gull were seen on the shore at Aird an Runair today.

Insects: 780 moths and 65 species were trapped in Carinish last night including a female Ghost Moth, 16 Pretty Pinions, 9 Light Emerald, an Archer's Dart, a Lemke's Gold Spot, Pinion-streaked Snout and a Brown China Mark amongst many others. 530 moths / 36 species were trapped on Daliburgh machair including 341 Pretty Pinioins, 2 Barred Rivulet, 25 Archer's Dart and 1 Eudonia murana, 1 Falseuncaria ruficiliana, 22 Bryotropha terrella, 1 Celypha striana, 2 Gynnidomorpha permixtana and 3 Phycitodes saxicola. In South Glendale 224 moths / 54 species were caught including a Double Square-spot, Northern Spinach, a Common Wave, 4 Purple Clay, a Gothic, 2 Scarce Silver Y, 1 Matilella fusca, 1 Argyresthia goedartella, 1 Gillmeria pallidactyla, and a Delplanqueia dilutella amongst many others.

Marine Sightings: 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins and 20 Common Dolphins were seen off the Butt of Lewis this morning.

Light Emerald Gold Spot with Lempke's Gold Spot Rose-coloured Starling, Grimsay Argyresthia goedartella Barred Rivulet Gothic
Light Emerald and Gold Spot with Lempke's Gold Spot (Steve Duffield); Rose-coloured Starling (Anne and David Morton); Argyresthia goedartella, Barred Rivulet and Gothic (John Kemp)


12th July:

South Uist: A 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was at Loch Hallan today; also 4 Black-tailed Godwits.

Red Grouse, North Uist Common Darter and spider Red Grouse and Common Darter killed by spider (Steve Duffield)


11th July:

Lewis: An adult Rose-coloured Starling was on the beach near Battery Point, Stornoway this afternoon. 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 46 Manx Shearwaters, 32 Puffins and 9 Black Guillemots flew west past the Butt (16:00 - 17:00)

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was reported from near Carinish this evening.

South Uist: A dark-bellied Brent Goose was with Greylags on Loch Bee today.

Barra: An adult Long-tailed Skua flew inland (west) over the road at Bolnabodach today. The Rose-coloured Starling was at Borve.


10th July:

South Uist: A few birds north at Ardvule included 168 Gannets, 16 Fulmars, 184 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Storm Petrels, 32 Puffins and a Great Skua. 

Barra: The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still at Borve.

Marine Sightings: A breaching Minke Whale was seen from the Barra - Oban ferry: see external link to photos on twitter.


9th July:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was on Hirta again today and yesterday evening; also a mobile Little Bunting was seen there.

Barra: The adult Rose-coloured Starling was still at Borve. An adult Sabine's Gull was on the beach at Cleat briefly before flying out to sea where it spend the afternoon offshore before flying off to the north-east.

Insects: 142 moths /43 species were caught in South Glendale last night including a Small Rivulet, Platyptilia gonodactyla, 2 Aethes rubigana, 2 Eucosma hohenwartiana, Eudonia murana and 2 Eana osseana.

Beautiful Golden Y Mottled Bueaty forms Platyptilia gonodactyla
Beautiful Golden Y, Mottled Beauties and Platyptilia gonodactyla (John Kemp)


8th July:

North Uist: The 2nd summer Glaucous Gull is still at Balranald.

South Uist: 14 Storm Petrels were seen off Ardvule this morning.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Borve again today. A Long-tailed Skua was off Brevig for a short while late evening before flying south; also 2 Sandwich Terns off there too.

Lapland Bunting Lapland Bunting Glaucous Gull Short-eared Owl
Lapland Bunting (Andy Williams - from yesterday); Glaucous Gull and Short-eared Owl (Bob McMillan)


7th July:

At Sea: A Lapland Bunting was seen on board a boat 40 nautical miles north of North Rona today.

North Uist: A Snowy Owl was seen between Carinish and Loch Euphort along the Hebridean Way.

Insects: 110 moths / 38 species were trapped in South Glendale last night including 1 Scarce Silver Y, 1 Heart & Dart, 2 Common Footman, Gillmeria pallidactyla, Eucosma hohenwartiana, 2 Catoptria margaritella and Argyresthia conjugella.

Common Footman Scarce Silver-Y Gillmeria pallidactyla  Eucosma hohenwartiana Blue-tailed Damselflies mating Large Red Damselflies Common Footman, Scarce Silver-Y, Gillmeria pallidactyla and Eucosma hohenwartiana (John Kemp); Blue-tailed Damselflies and Large Red Damselflies (Steve Duffield)


6th July:

Lewis: 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen at sea today, 40 miles north of Lewis.

South Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits were at Kilaulay and 2 were on the Howmore River. A juvenile Siskin was in South Glendale today.

Insects: 49 species of moths were trapped in Carinish last night including a Dotted Rustic and Small Angle Shades.

Sooty Shearwater Sooty Shearwater Rustic Scoparia pyralella
Sooty Shearwater (Andy Williams); Rustic and Scoparia pyralella


5th July:

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still at Borve where it's normally feeding around the cattle.

Insects: Moth trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced 170 moths / 33 species including a Peppered Moth, Gold Swift, Clouded Border, 3 Coxcomb Prominent, 3 Riband Wave, 74 Mottled Beauty, 3 Barred Red, 11 Light Emerald and 15 Pandemis cerasana. 2 Wood Tigers were seen in South Glendale today as well as 3 Aphelia viburnana and a Glyphipterix thrasonella. 2 Emerald Damselflies were seen in South Uist also today.

Emerald Damselfly in South Uist Emerald Damselfly, Outer Hebrides Lesser Butterfly Orchid, South Uist Gold Swift Peppered Moth Wood Tiger
Emerald Damselfly and Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Steve Duffield); Gold Swift, Peppered Moth and Wood Tiger (John Kemp)


4th July:

Insects: Trapping on the moor at Druidibeg last night. produced 18 Drinkers, 17 True Lover's Knots, 7 Chestnut-coloured Carpets and a Scotch Annulet. A brief walk around area early this morning produced 170 Bactra lancealana, 1 Aphelia viburnana, 15 Crambus pascuella, 2 Bryotropha politella, 1 Bryotropha terrella, 1 Coleophora taeniipennella and a Brown China-mark.

Chestnut-coloured Carpet Scotch Annulet Chestnut-coloured Carpet and Scotch Annulet (John Kemp)


3rd July:

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

South Uist: 4 Crossbills were at North Loch Eynort this morning. A Crossbill was in South Glendale this morning before flying off south. A female Blackcap was in Askernish.

Insects: 9 Mottled Beauty, 1 Grey Scalloped Bar, 1 Gold Spot, 14 Straw Dot, 2 Yellow Shell, 1 Grey Mountain Carpet, Phiaris schulziana and Delplanqueia dilutella were caught in South Glendale last night.

Marine Sightings: Basking Shark, Minke Whale, Harbour Porpoise, Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Common Dolphins were seen off Leanish, Barra today.

Gold Spot Grey Mountain Carpet Yellow Shell Greenfinch
Gold Spot, Grey Mountain Carpet and Yellow Shell (John Kemp); Greenfinch (Mary Lewis)


2nd July:

South Uist: At Ardvule a Great Skua flew north whilst species flying south included 59 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Puffins and a Little Tern. A Curlew Sandpiper was also present with the Redshanks. A female Blackcap was in Askernish.

Arctic Tern Curlew Sandpiper Arctic Tern and Curlew Sandpiper (John Kemp)


1st July:

North Uist: A Sandwich Tern was seen at Aird an Runair and the 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was there.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was at Borve again today.

Pinion-streaked Snout Wormwood Pug Pinion-streaked Snout and Wormwood Pug (John Kemp)