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13th December:

Lewis: The Firecrest is still in Linshader.

Barra: A Hawfinch was seen in Brevig this morning. A juvenile Iceland Gull and 2nd winter Glaucous Gull are at Ardveenish. 93 Brent Geese are at Traigh Mhor.


12th December:

North Uist: 3 Coots are still on Loch Sandary.


11th December:

Lewis: A Slavonian Grebe was off the Braighe today.

Benbecula: 2 Little Egrets were at Loch Mor early afternoon.

South Uist: A female Common Scoter flew south at Ardvule this morning. A Little Egret was by Hebridean Jewellery.

Merlin White-tailed Eagle Merlin and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)


10th December:

North Uist: A 2nd winter and juvenile Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal this morning; also 5 Snow Buntings flew over.

Benbecula: A female Pintail was at Borve Point.

South Uist: 6 Snow Buntings were at Askernish.

Otter Otters in Uist Teal immature White-tailed Eagle
Otter (Steve Duffield); Teal and White-tailed Eagle (John Kemp)


9th December:

North Uist: The Crane (please click for video) is still at Borve Berneray and a flock of at least 280 Snow Buntings were on the machair there; also 2 were at Rushgarry by the hostel.

Benbecula: A Little Egret was on Loch Mor; also 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese between there and Nunton.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north at Ardvule this morning and 166 Purple Sandpipers were present. 70 Snow Buntings were at Peninerine. A Little Egret was at the north-west end of Loch Bee from Ardkenneth; also 53 Greenland White-fronted Geese there and 45 Barnacle Geese on Ardivachar machair. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Balgarva. A hyrbid Glaucous Gull is on the Range; also 40 Snow Buntings there.

Barra: A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardveenish. A Juvenile Glaucous Gull and 27 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Eas.

juvenile Glaucous Gull Snow Buntings Snow Buntings Snow Buntings Crane
Glaucous Gull (John Kemp); Snow Buntings and Crane (Steve Duffield)


8th December:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater was reported heading past Tiumpan Head at midday.

South Uist: A Snow Bunting was at Ardvule. 60+ Snow Buntings were at Peninerine. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Bornish machair. A Little Egret was at Loch Hallan. A Coot is on Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh.

Tufted Ducks Tufted Ducks (John Kemp)


7th December:

South Uist: 70 Snow Buntings were at Peninerine this morning.

Barra: A immature Glaucous Gull was at Craigston today.

Otter Purple Sandpiper Otter and Purple Sandpiper (John Kemp)


6th December:

South Uist: A Little Egret was at Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh.


5th December:

North Uist: A drake Pintail is on Baleshare.

South Uist: 4 Snow Buntings and 260 Twite were at Ardvule.

Barra: A Glaucous Gull was at Ardveenish today.

otter Snow Bunting Otter and Snow Bunting (John Kemp)


4th December:

Lewis: A drake Goosander and 8 Goldeneye were on Loch Branahuie this morning. 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and near adult) were seen at Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal and 3 Coots are on Loch Sandary. A juvenile Glaucous Gull, juvenile and 2nd winter Iceland Gull, 2 Lapland Buntings, 2 Snow Buntings and 4 Brent Geese were in the Rubh' Arnal area.

Barra: 145 Long-tailed Ducks are off Craigston.

Marine Sightings: A dead Sperm Whale has been washed up on the west side of Berneray.

pale-bellied Brent Geese Glaucous Gull Iceland Gull Lapland Bunting Corn Bunting
Brent Geese, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Lapland Bunting and Corn Bunting (Steve Duffield)


3rd December:

Lewis: 25 Snow Buntings are at the Lionel end of Cross / Skigersta.

North Uist: 3 Snow Buntings were on Baleshare. A Chiffchaff was in Lochmaddy (near the pier). The Crane is still on Berneray and at least 80 Snow Buntings were on the machair at Borve.

Crane Common Crane (John Kemp)


2nd December:

North Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull, juvenile Glaucous Gull and 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: A Little Egret was on the South Ford by Hebridean Jewellery this morning. 20 Barnacle Geese were on the machair at Ardivachar.


1st December:

Lewis: An adult Glaucous Gull and an adult Iceland Gull were at Tiumpan Head. An adult Glaucous Gull was also on the Braighe this morning. 2 Snow Buntings were in Ness.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew south over Carinish this morning. The Crane and the Snow Goose are still on Berneray; 40 Snow Buntings are also present. The drake Green-winged Teal is on Loch Sandary. A Chiffchaff was at Balranald.

South Uist: The American Golden Plover is still at Boisdale. A Little Egret is at Loch Liana Moire. 45 Snow Buntings are at Ardvule.