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16th August:

North Uist: The 2nd cal yr Bonaparte's Gull is still at Aird an Runair, Balranald this morning.

South Uist: A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning of 345 Gannets, 42 Fulmar, 472 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 26 Storm Petrels (22 spent some time at a floating whale carcase), 3 Black Guillemots, 7 Kittiwakes and an Arctic Tern. A Whimbrel and 2 Ruff also present.

Bonaparte's Gull, North Uist Bonaparte's Gull, Outer Hebrides petrels on whale carcass
Bonaparte's Gull (Steve Duffield); petrels at whale carcass (John Kemp)

 

15th August:

North Uist: A 2nd cal yr Bonaparte's Gull was at Aird an Runair, Balranald this morning.

South Uist: Southerly passage at Ardvule today included 202 Gannets, 13 Fulmars, 437 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Storm Petrels, 3 Great Skuas and 3 Arctic Terns. Also present were 2 Ruff and a juv Mediterranean Gull.

Barra: 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen heading south off the west of Vatersay this afternoon.

Bonaparte's Gull, North Uist 2nd cal yr Bonaparte's Gull Bonaparte's Gull juvenile Mediterranean Gull
Bonaparte's Gull (Steve Duffield); Mediterranean Gull (John Kemp)

 

14th August:

South Uist: The Baird's Sandpiper was still at Ardivachar this evening. At least 50 Black-tailed Godwits were at the north end of Loch Bee. Birds south at Ardvule this morning were 1 Great Northern Diver, 241 Gannets, 26 Fulmars, 267 Manx Shearwaters, 82 Storm Petrels, 13 Arctic Terns, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua and 4 Black Guillemots; also 2 juvenile Ruff were on the north side of the headland. 19 Black-tailed Godwits were at Askernish. A Purple Sandpiper was on Orasay.

Insects: 329 moths/39 species were caught in South Glendale last night with most being Ear Moth agg. (212) also included a Dark Marbled Carpet, Minor Shoulder-knot, Dark Sword-grass, 4 Hedge Rustic and micros Pyrausta despicata, Agonopterix kaekeritziana, Eudonia angustea, Eudonia truncicolella and Aspilapteryx tringipennella.

Manx Shearwater Storm Petrel Agonopterix kaekeritziana Dark Sword-grass
Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Agonopterix kaekeritziana and Dark Sword-grass (John Kemp)

 

13th August:

Lewis: The Rose-coloured Starling was still on Braighe Road, Stornoway today.

North Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on Baleshare.

Benbecula: 2 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits were at Borve.

South Uist: 1 Great Skua, 4 Kittiwakes, 78 Gannets, 39 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Fulmars, 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Black Guillemot and a Whimbrel flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Marine Sightings: White-beaked Dolphins, Common Dolphins and Minke Whale were seen from the Oban - Barra crossing today.

juvenile Kittiwake juvenile Corn Bunting Kittiwake (John Kemp); Corn Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

12th August:

At sea: 2 Sooty Shearwaters were 40 nautical miles north-west of North Rona.

Harris: An Osprey was seen at Govig before it headed off towards Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.

North Uist: 10 Black-tailed Godwits were at Clachan Farm. A juvenile Cuckoo was seen near Loch Leodasay.

South Uist: The adult Baird's Sandpiper was still at Ardivachar this afternoon; also a juvenile Mediterranean Gull there.

Marine Sightings: 3 Risso's Dolphins were seen at the mouth of Lochmaddy bay this morning. 12 Pilot Whales were seen 40 nautical miles north-west of North Rona today.

Risso's Dolphin breaching adult Baird's Sandpiper, South Uist Mediterrean Gull, South Uist juvenile Mediterranean Gull juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Ardivachar
Risso's Dolphin (Bob McMillan); Baird's Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gull (Steve Duffield)

Pilot Whale and calf Pilot Whale surfing Pilot Whale
Pilot Whales (Andy Williams)

 

11th August:

At sea: 6 Sooty Shearwaters and 22 Aythya ducks (possibly Scaup) were seen 45 nautical miles north-west of Mangersta today.

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was seen at Grenitote this evening.

South Uist: An adult Baird's Sandpiper was at Ardivachar today. 2 Pintail were on Loch Bee.

Barra: 2 juvenile Cuckoos were seen at Brevig.

Insects: 130 moths of 23 species were caught at Carnan last night: including 4 Antler Moths, an Autumnal Rustic, a Burnished Brass, 5 Common Rustic, 7 Dark Arches, 2 Dark-barred Twin spot Carpets, a Dotted Clay,4 Double Lobed, 23 Ear Moth sp, 8 Flame Carpet, 11 Garden Tigers, 9 Gold Spot, a Haworth's Minor, 2 July Highflyer, 9 Large Yellow Underwings, a Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 11 Rosy Rustics, a Silver Y, 17 Smoky Wainscot, 4 Straw Dot, 6 Chevron and 2 White Line Dart. Moths at Loch Druidibeg last night included 28 Hedge Rustic, 26 Chevron, 31 Chestnut-coloured Carpet, 122 Ear Moth agg., 2 Haworth's Minor, 2 Neglected Rustic, 1 Scotch Annulet as well as 3 Acleris aspersana and one Aphelia viburnana.

Marine Sightings: 2 Harbour Porpoise were off Balgarva. 7 Fin Whales, 2 Minnke Whales, 5 Pilot Whales, 8 White-beaked Dolphins and 2 Risso's Dolphins were seen 45 nautical miles north-west of Mangersta, Lewis today.

Baird's Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides adult Baird's Sandpiper, Western Isles adult Baird's Sandpiper Sooty Shearwater Outer Hebirdes
Baird's Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Sooty Shearwater (Andy Williams)

Fin Whale Outer Hebrides Fin Whale Western Isles Risso's Dolphin
Fin Whales and Risso's Dolphin (Andy Williams)

 

10th August:

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was seen again at Grenitote (NF818764) late morning. 16 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Sandary.

Insects: Total of 139 moths/22 species were trapped in South Glendale last which included 10 Chevron, 2 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpets, 8 Hedge Rustic, 18 Small Wainscot and micros Eudonia truncicolella, Acleris effractana and Udea lutealis.

Alceris effractana Eudonia truncicolella Square-spot Rustic Corn Bunting Short-eared Owl
Acleris effractana, Eudonia truncicolella and Square-spot Rustic (John Kemp); Corn Bunting and Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

9th August:

Ullapool - Stornoway: 19 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the ferry to Stornoway today.

South Uist: Southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 1 Great Northern Diver, 282 Gannets, 19 Fulmars, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 389 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Storm Petrels, 11 Black Guillemots, 5 Puffins, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and 6 Kittiwakes.

Barra: The 2nd year Ring-billed Gull is still on Vatersay. A juvenile Cuckoo was at Brevig.

Kestrel Sooty Shearwater, Outer Hebrides Kestrel and Sooty Shearwater (John Kemp)

 

8th August:

At sea: 3 Sooty Shearwaters were seen 45 nautical miles north, north-west of the Butt of Lewis today.

Lewis: The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still at 9 Braighe Road, Stornoway. A Whitethroat was seen at 4 Leurbost.

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

Uig - Lochmaddy: An adult Long-tailed Skua and 16 Storm Petrels were seen from the ferry this morning.

North Uist: A juvenile Cuckoo was in Carinish this evening.

Benbecula: 80+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair at Borve.

Marine Sightings: An adult and a large calf Fin Whale were seen 45 nautical miles north, north-west of the Butt of Lewis today.

Irish Lady's Tresses Puffins and Guillemot Storm Petrel Sooty Shearwater
Irish Lady's Tresses, Puffins with a Guillemot and Storm Petrel (Steve Duffield); Sooty Shearwater (Andy Williams)

Fin Whales Fin Whale blow Fin Whales Fin Whale
Fin Whale and calf (Andy Williams)

 

7th August:

Lewis: 3 Sooty Shearwaters flew west past the Butt at 08:50. The Rose-coloured Starling is still at 9 Braighe Road, Stornoway. An adult Little Stint, 5 Whimbrel and 100 Sanderlings (all adults) were at Loch Ordais.

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was seen on the machair north of Grenitote picnic site again today.

South Uist: 134 Gannets, 19 Fulmar, 396 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Storm Petrels, 7 Black Guillemots, 7 Kittiwakes, 3 Common Terns and a Whimbrel flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: The 2nd yr Ring-billed Gull was on Vatersay again today. 5 Sooty Shearwaters were lingering off Brevig.

 

6th August:

At sea: An adult Sabine's Gull and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen 50 nautical miles north, north-west of the Butt.

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling was at 9 Braighe Road, Stornoway today.

Benbecula: 150+ Black-tailed Godwits were in newly cut fields at Borve today.

South Uist: A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning of 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 189 Gannets, 36 Fulmars, 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 808 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Storm Petrels, 4 Puffins, 7 Black Guillemots, 4 Common Scoter, 44 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 3 Kittiwakes. 96 Black-tailed Godwits flew south at Frobost today,

Barra: The 2nd year Ring-billed Gull was on Vatersay again today.

Marine Sightings: A 5 beaked-whales; probably Sowerby's, a Fin Whale and 5 White-sided Dolphins were seen 50 nautical miles, north, north-west of the Butt today.

adult Sabine's Gull Beaked Whale Beaked Whale Outer Hebrides Beaked Whales - Sowerbys
Sabine's Gull and beaked whales - probably Sowerby's (Andy Williams)

 

5th August:

At sea: 4 Sooty Shearwaters were seen around 30 nautical miles north-west of North Rona.

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater, 69 Manx Shearwaters and a Pomarine Skua flew west past the Butt between 09:15 - 10:15 today. A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Carishader.

South Uist: 97 Gannets, 8 Fulmars, 86 Manx Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, a Storm Petrel, 4 Great Skuas and 3 Kittiwakes flew south at Ardvule this morning.

Barra: A 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull was seen at Traigh Bhialais, Vatersay.

Marine Sightings: A Fin Whale and 8 White-beaked Dolphins were seen 30 nautical miles north-west of North Rona today.

 

4th August:

Lewis: A Sooty Shearwater was seen from the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry. The juvenile Spotted Redshank is still at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Loch Bhrusda, Berneray today. The Snowy Owl was seen on the machair north of Grenitote picnic site.

South Uist: A Glaucous Gull was seen at Kidonan.

Insects: Trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced a Dun-bar, 5 Barred Red, 2 Dark Marbled Carpet, 4 Golden-rod Pugs - second generation, 2 Gracillaria syringella, 12 Blastobasis adustella, 8 Epinotia tenerana and a single Acleris aspersana. 24 Arran Carpet, 2 Chestnut-coloured Carpets, 3 Hedge Rustic, 5 Chevron and micros Eana penziana, 3 Eana osseana and 13 Eucosma cana were caught in South Glendale.

Dark Marbled Carpet Hedge Rustic Darm Marbled Carpet and Hedge Rustic (John Kemp)

 

3rd August:

At sea: A Sooty Shearwater was seen 35 nm north-west of North Rona today.

Lewis: A Spotted Redshank was at Loch Stiapabhat this afternoon.

South Uist: 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew south at Orosay this morning. An immature Glaucous Gull was at Frobost.

Marine Sightings: A Fin Whale, 5 Pilot Whales and 20 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen 35 nm north-west of North Rona today.

Harbour Seal Harbour Seal, Outer Hebrides Sanderling Bottle-nosed Dolphins Fin Whale blow Pilot WhalesHarbour Seals and Sanderling (John Kemp); Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Fin Whale blow and Pilot Whales (Andy Williams)

 

 

2nd August:

At sea: 3 Sooty Shearwaters were seen 30 nm north, north-east of North Rona today.

St. Kilda: 2 Rose-coloured Starlings were in Village Bay, Hirta.

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was seen on the machair north of Grenitote picnic site again today

South Uist: A southerly passage at Ardvule this morning of 1 Black-throated Diver, 164 Gannets, 41 Fulmars, 257 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrels, 10 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Skua, 1 Black Guillemot and 1 Puffin (+ 2 north).

Barra: A Grasshopper Warbler was seen north of the airport.

Marine Sightings: 3 tuna feeding north, north-east of North Rona today.

Sooty Shearwater Sooty Shearwater (Andy Williams)

 

1st August:

Lewis: 15 Black-tailed Godwits flew south past the Butt in the early afternoon; also 5 Swifts around the lighthouse area in the early afternoon. 4 Black-tailed Godwits were also at Loch Stiapabhat.

St. Kilda: A Rose-coloured Starling was on Hirta today.

North Uist: The Snowy Owl was seen on the machair north of Grenitote picnic site again today. 7 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Paible.

South Uist: Southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 1 Red-throated Diver, 181 Gannets, 11 Fulmars, 252 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrels, 15 Puffins, 6 Kittiwakes and a Golden Plover in off the sea.

Barra: A Swift was seen over Bolnabodach in the evening.