Recent Sightings

Bird and other Natural History Sightings in the Outer Hebrides.

Please note that the sightings below do not reflect the variety of species you can see in a normal day out birding or wildlife watchinthg. These reports concentrate on more unusual species or significant counts or movements.

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23rd July:

Harris: 14 Common Scoters were in the Sound of Taransay this morning.

Insects: A Barred Straw, Yponomeuta evonymella and Elophila nymphaeata were trapped in South Glendale last night. 2 Dark Green Fritillaries were at Claddach Baleshare this afternoon.

Marine Sightings: A Harbour Porpoise was seen in the Sound of Harris from the Leverburgh - Berneray ferry this morning.

                                  Golden Eagle, Treble-bar, Brown China Mark, Bird-cherry Ermine and Barred Straw (John Kemp)

22nd July:

Insects: Moth trapping on Daliburgh machair last night produced 408 moths of 34 species including 41 Archer’s Darts, 4 Flounced Rustic, a Mouse Moth, 3 Barred Rivulets, Heart & Dart and micros included 4 Bryotropha terrella, 3 Celypha cespitana, 2 Eudonia pallida, 1 Cnephasia conspersana, 66 Agriphila tristella. In South Glendale 322 moths of 68 species were caught including a Common Footman, Chestnut-coloured Carpet, 3 Lempke’s Gold Spot, 2 Scarce Silver Y and micros Gynnidomorpha permixtana, Bactra lacteana, Eudonia lineola, Eudonia mercurella, Eudonia truncicolella, Epinotia caprana.


                                                                                         Bog Asphodel and Hooded Crow (Steve Duffield); Common Footman and Lempke's Gold Spot (John Kemp)

21st July:

Insects: Moth trapping on Eriskay last night produced 280 moths of 63 species including 19 Rustic, 5 Northern Rustic, 2 Barred Rivulet, 5 Scotch Annulet, a Grey Mountain Carpet, Chestnut-coloured Carpet , Thyme Pug and the micros Eudonia lineola and Rhigognostis annulatella.

                                                                                      Barred Rivulet, Chestnut-coloured Carpet, Thyme Pug and Eudonia lineola (John Kemp)

20th July:

Insects: 416 moths of 71 species were trapped at South Glendale last night including a Dotted Carpet, Riband Wave, Small Fan-footed Wave, Rustic, 3 Six-striped Rustic, an Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Marsh Oblique-barred. Micros included Acrobasis advenella – new for OH, Aphelia paleana, 2 Eudonia mercurella, 2 Eudonia truncicolella, 3 Eudonia pallida, Pyrausta despicata.

                                                            Acrobasis advenella, Eudonia truncicolella, Dotted Carpet, Riband Wave and Small Fan-footed Wave (John Kemp)

19th July:

North Uist: 2 Whimbrel were at Paible today.

18th July:

Insects: Moth trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced 3 Riband Wave, 6 Small Fan-footed Waves, 3 Brimstone Moths, 6 Barred Red, 4 Light Emerald , a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Pinion-streaked Snout and micros: Zeiraphera griseana, Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana, Blastbasis adustella and Eana penziana.

Zeiraphera griseana and Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana (John Kemp)

17th July:

North Uist: 19 Black-tailed Godwits are on Loch Sandary this evening and 110 were at Loch Paible this morning.

South Uist: 28 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Bee today.

Marine Sightings: A Harbour Porpoise was seen in the Sound of Harris from the Berneray - Leverburgh ferry this morning.

16th July:

North Uist: 2 Whimbrel were at Claddach Baleshare today.

South Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits are at Loch an't-Saile.

15th July:

South Uist: A Goosander was on the coast between Peninerine and Stoneybridge today.

Other: A Pyramidal Orchid is flowering in Lochmaddy.

Pyramidal Orchid (Jamie Boyle)

14th July:

Benbecula: Around 60 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Mor this afternoon and another 30 flew south over Loch Fada. A Cuckoo was seen at Muir of Aird.

South Uist: 12 Black-tailed Godwits flew south over Balgarva.

Insects: 202 moths of 52 species were trapped in South Glendale last night. Best were a Marsh Oblique-barred and an Apotomis semifasciana.

Apotomis semifasciana and Marsh Oblique-barred (John Kemp)

12th July:

North Uist: 2 Whimbrel were at Rushgarry, Berneray and 2 were near the visitor centre at Balranald.

Insects: 209 moths of 48 species were trapped in South Glendale last night including 2 Barred Straw and Gynnidomorpha permixtana.

                                                                                     Barred Straw and Gynnidomorpha permixtana (John Kemp); Short-eared Owl (Andy Coyne); Otter (Steve Duffield)

11th July:

Insects: 50 species of moth were trapped at Carinish last night including a Mottled Rustic.

Evergestis pallidata and Mottled Rustic (Steve Duffield)

10th July:

South Uist: 2 Sandwich Terns were feeding off Ardivachar today.

Insects: A Dotted Rustic and Daimond-back Moth were trapped at Carinish last night. A Grey Mountain Carpet, 8 Northern Rustic, 2 Rustic, a Common Footman and a Treble-bar were trapped on the sea cliffs below Roineaval, South Glendale last night.

Dotted Rustic (Steve Duffield)

9th July:

North Uist: 15 Black-tailed Godwits dropped in at Bayhead this afternoon.

8th July:

Bog Orchids (Steve Duffield)

6th July:

South Uist: 13 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Bee today.

4th July:

North Uist: A Whitethroat is still singing in Carinish.

South Uist: An adult Long-tailed Skua drifted north off Ardvule this morning; also an Arctic Skua, Great Skua and 435 Manx Shearwaters.

3rd July:

Benbecula: 58 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Mor.

South Uist: 11 Common Scoters and 2 Great Northern Diver flew south off Ardvule this morning.

Common Scoters, Great Northern Diver and Arctic Tern (John Kemp)

2nd July:

North Uist: A Swift flew south over Carinish this morning and a Whitethroat was singing there this afternoon.

                                   Red Grouse and Hen Harrier (Steve Duffield)

1st July:

Harris - Benbecula: 89 Storm Petrels were seen between Harris and Benbecula whilst an adult Long-tailed Skua was reported 1/2 a mile to the east of Benbecula

North Uist: 8 Sand Martins flew over Carinish this afternoon.

Insects: A Rusty Dot Pearl and a Common Wave were trapped at Carinish over the last 2 nights, amongst many other moths.

Marine Sightings: 4 Minke Whales and 48 Harbour Porpoise were seen between Harris and Benbecula.