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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.

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)