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21st January:

Red Deer stag Red Deer near Huishinish, Harris (Terry Lynchwood)

 

20th January:

Lewis: 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and juvenile) were on Loch Tiumpan mid afternoon. 8 Iceland Gulls (6 juveniles, a 2nd winter and an adult) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were off Goat Island Stornoway this afternoon.

North Uist: A drake Pintail was on Loch Paible this morning; also a pale-bellied Brent Goose with the Barnacles there and a juvenile Iceland Gull later in the day. A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was off Hougharry and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Balranald. 5 Fieldfare were in Balranald township. A 1st winter Scaup was on Loch Grogarry.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Ardvule.

South Uist: 10 Brent Geese were on the South Ford.

Barra: An Iceland Gull, 3 Glaucous Gulls and 2 Mealy Redpolls were at Ardveenish. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Brevig. A Red-necked Grebe was off Ardmhor.

Goldfinch
Goldfinch and Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield); Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull (Tristan ap Rheinallt)

 

19th January:

Lewis: 4 Iceland Gulls (2 juveniles, and adult and 3rd winter) were at Tiumpan Head. A Snow Bunting was at Shulishader

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was in Carinish this morning. A juvenile Iceland Gull is on Berneray. 4 Iceland Gulls (an adult, 3rd winter and 2 x 2nd winters), 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 20 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal; also at least 4 Pied Wagtails still here.

South Uist: 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew north at Ardvule this morning. The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Brevig. 23 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.


Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

18th January:

Lewis: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) were on Eoropie beach.

North Uist: The drake Pintail is still on Baleshare.

South Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and a juvenile Iceland Gull were at Ardvule today. 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) were at Frobost.

male Hen Harrier juvenile Iceland Gull
Hen Harrier, Iceland Gull, Peregrine and Wigeon (John Kemp)

 

17th January:

Lewis: 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls, a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and 3 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Barvas at midday. 6 Snow Buntings were by Loch Branahuie this morning.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal and 3 Coots are on Loch Sandary. An Iceland Gull flew north at Aird an Runair and another was near the visitor centre at Balranald. 15 Snow Buntings were also seen at Balranald and 4 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean

Barra: 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and 2nd winter) were offshore at Cleat. 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese were also at Cleat and a Pink-footed Goose was at Allasdale. 37 Snow Buntings and 2 Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.

 

16th January:

Lewis: A Water Rail is frequenting a garden in Back (where it's been since mid-December and now on the 3rd year running).

North Uist: The drake Pintail is still on Baleshare and an Iceland Gull was seen along the shore.

South Uist: The Brambling is in South Glendale. 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Askernish.

Golden Eagle Greenfinch Golden Eagle (John Kemp); Greenfinch (Graham Forsyth)

 

15th January:

Lewis: 3 Iceland Gulls (an adult and 2 juveniles) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were in Stornoway Harbour / Goat Island today.

North Uist: An Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull and 4 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

Benbecula: 2 Little Egrets were in drains at Torlum this morning and 8 pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the shore behind the Dark Island Hotel.

South Uist: Birds moving south at Ardvule this morning included 4 Gannets, 7 Great Northern Divers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 16 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 176 Kittiwakes. Also 5 Gannets and a juv Glaucous Gull flew north. 10 Snow Buntings were on the shore at Askernish. 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese were by Loch Hallan.

Glaucous Gull, Kittiwake and Long-tailed Duck (John Kemp)

 

14th January:

Lewis: 4 Snow Buntings were in Ness this morning.

Benbecula: 2 Little Egrets were on Loch Mor today.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull flew south at Ardvule. The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

 

13th January:

Lewis: 25 Snow Buntings are in Ness.

 

12th January:

Lewis: 4 Snow Buntings are in Ness today.

Benbecula: 2 Little Egrets were on Loch Mor this morning.

South Uist: 3 Snow Buntings were at Ardvule and another 9 were by Loch Bornish. The Brambling is still in South Glendale. 6 Snow Buntings were on the shore at Frobost.

 

11th January:

Lewis: A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was off Cross Street, Stornoway this afternoon.

North Uist: Around 400 Snow Buntings were on Borve machair, Berneray today. The Crane was also present and 27 Common Scoters were seen off the west shore. The drake American Wigeon was back on Loch an Duin. A Puffin was seen off Aird an Runair. 3 Pintail were in the bay at Hougharry. The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary.

Barra: 2 Long-tailed Tits were in Northbay and a Chiffchaff was in Castlebay.

Crane Snow Buntings Crane and Snow Buntings (Steve Duffield)

 

10th January:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull, 3 Iceland Gulls (juvenile, 2nd winter and 3rd winter) and 2 Lapland Buntings were near Rubh' Arnal. A juvenile Iceland Gull was on Traigh Iar, Balranald.

Lapland Bunting North Uist Lapland Bunting Corn Bunting Barnacle Geese
Lapland Bunting, Corn Bunting and Barnacle Geese (Steve Duffield)

 

9th January:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (a juvenile and adult) were seen at the Butt. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Loch Stiapabhat.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Mor (video of it here).

South Uist: A Brambling is in South Glendale. 9 Snow Buntings were on the shore at Askernish.

 

8th January:

North Uist: A drake American Wigeon was at Ardheisker.

South Uist: The Glossy Ibis is still at Kilaulay. The Brambling is in South Glendale.

Barra: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2nd winter Iceland Gull were at Ardveenish. A Fieldfare was at Creachan.

Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis (John Kemp)

 

7th January:

Lewis: 25 Snow Buntings are still in Ness.

North Uist: The Crane is still on Borve machair, Berneray; also 20 - 30 Snow Buntings there. A drake American Wigeon was at Oban Trumisgarry. The Ruff was at Clachan Farm. 44 Brent Geese, a drake Pintail and an Iceland Gull were seen on Baleshare.

Benbecula: 3 Little Egrets were at Loch Mor. 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese were near Nunton.

South Uist: The Glossy Ibis was at Kilaulay. 125 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at the north-west corner of Loch Bee whilst 45 Barnacle Geese were on the machair. 8 Brent Geese were on the South Ford.

Otter Otter (John Kemp)

 

6th January:

Lewis: 25 Snow Buntings were in Ness today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Tiumpan Head mid-afternoon.

North Uist: A 2nd winter Iceland Gull, 3 juvenile Glaucous Gulls (which all flew towards Rubh' Arnal), a drake Pintail and 65 Brent Geese were on Baleshare this morning. The drake American Wigeon is at Loch an Duin. A Ruff is at Clachcan Farm.

South Uist: 3 Great Northern Divers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 11 Gannets, 32 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a juv Iceland Gull flew north at Ardvule while a Common Scoter flew south. Also a 2nd winter Iceland Gull in the south bay.

2nd winter Iceland Gull Iceland Gull (John Kemp)

 

5th January:

North Uist: 6 Fieldfares were in Carinish today. A Ruff was with Golden Plover near Loch Sandary.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was at Loch Mor.

South Uist: 3 Iceland Gulls (an adult, juvenile and 2nd winter) were feeding in the south bay at Ardvule whilst 74 Kittiwakes and a Black Guillemot flew south off the point; a Fieldfare also arrived off the sea to the west. The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

Barra: 2 Fieldfare flew south from Castlebay and 8 were in Bruernish.

2nd winter Iceland Gull Iceland Gull (John Kemp)

 

4th January:

North Uist: A Snow Bunting and single Fieldfare were at Malaclate today. 2 Iceland Gulls and 55 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal; also 8 Pied Wagtails there.

Benbecula: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the airport beach in Balivanich. A Little Egret was at Loch Mor and another at Loch Fada. 2 Pied Wagtails were in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: The Glossy Ibis is still at Kilaulay. An Iceland Gull was at Stoneybridge.

Barra: A Hawfinch was in Castlebay today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Nasg.

 

3rd January:

North Uist: 3 Bramblings were seen at the north end of the Committee Road.

Benbecula: A Little Egret is at Loch Mor and another was on Loch Fada this morning.

South Uist: The Glossy Ibis is still at Kilaulay (video here); also at least 10 Snow Buntings with a large flock of Twite there. 104 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the west side of Loch Bee. The Brambling is still in South Glendale.

Glossy Ibis Otter Otter
Glossy Ibis (Steve Duffield); Otters (Andrew Coyne)

 

2nd January:

North Uist: The Crane is still on the machair at Borve, Berneray along with 100+ Snow Buntings.

Barra: 16 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor and a single is on Vatersay.

Happy New Year

1st January:

Lewis: 6 Snow Buntings were in Ness this morning.

North Uist: The Crane is still on Borve machair, Berneray. The drake American Wigeon is on Loch an Duin. A drake Green-winged Teal and 3 Coots are on Loch Sandary. 2 Iceland Gulls (a juvenile and 3rd winter), 62 Brent Geese and 2 Pied Wagtails were at Rubh' Arnal and a Lapland Bunting was nearby at the base of Craig Hastain. A drake Pintail was on Loch Mor, Baleshare. An Iceland Gull was also at Hougharry.

Benbecula: 3 Little Egrets were seen on Loch Mor today.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull and a Pied Wagtail were at Ardvule this morning. The Brambling is still in South Glendale. A Glossy Ibis was seen at Kilaulay late this afternoon.

Pied Wagtail Crane 2018 3rd winter Iceland Gull Iceland Gull
Pied Wagtail (John Kemp); Crane and Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)