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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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.
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.
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.
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.
North Uist: 2 Whimbrel were at Paible today.
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.
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.
North Uist: 2 Whimbrel were at Claddach Baleshare today.
South Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits are at Loch an't-Saile.
South Uist: A Goosander was on the coast between Peninerine and Stoneybridge today.
Other: A Pyramidal Orchid is flowering in Lochmaddy.
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.
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.
Insects: 50 species of moth were trapped at Carinish last night including a Mottled Rustic.
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.
North Uist: 15 Black-tailed Godwits dropped in at Bayhead this afternoon.
South Uist: 13 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Bee today.
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.
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.
North Uist: A Swift flew south over Carinish this morning and a Whitethroat was singing there this afternoon.
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.