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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)