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.

To report sightings please contact Steve at: steveduffield70@gmail.com

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21st December:

North Uist: The Richardson's Cackling Goose is still with Barnacles on Baleshare.

South Uist: A female Pochard was on Loch Bornish.

Richardson's Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)

20th December:

North Uist: The American Coot, a Green-winged Teal and 7 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean today. A drake Scaup was on Loch Sandary. An adult Iceland Gull, 3 Snow Buntings and 9 pale-bellied Brent Geese were between Kyles Paible and Rubh' Arnal. The Firecrest was seen in Grenitote again today.

Brent Goose (Steve Duffield)

19th December:

South Uist: 3 Snow Buntings were at Ardvule this morning.

18th December:

North Uist: The Richardson's Cackling Goose was on Baleshare again this morning with Barnacle Geese; also a juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose there. 4 Pintail (2 male and 2 female) were on Loch nam Feithean. The drake Green-winged Teal and drake Scaup are on Loch Sandary; also a Fieldfare nearby. Around 40 Brent Geese were on the North Ford, from the causeway to Benbecula this morning.

Benbecula: The Ivory Gull was seen feeding on the Cuvier's Beaked Whale today near Borve Point.

17th December:

North Uist: A Cackling Canada Goose was on Baleshare today with Barnacle Geese.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on South Glendale in the evening.

Marine Sightings: The dead whale at Borve Point, Benbecula is a Cuvier's Beaked Whale.

Cuvier's Beaked Whale and Rock Pipit (Steve Duffield); Cackling Goose (Roger Auger)

16th December:

North Uist: A Pink-footed Goose was on Loch Mor, Baleshare this morning. A Fieldfare is in Carinish and 4 Brent Geese were on the North Ford off there. The American Coot was seen today on Loch nam Feithean.

Benbecula: The juvenile Ivory Gull was showing well on Loch Mor this afternoon.

South Uist: 2 Pink-footed Geese were at Boisdale.

15th December:

Benbecula: The juvenile / 1st winter Ivory Gull was on Loch Fada this afternoon where it was feeding on a dead gull; also 2 Fieldfare nearby. A juvenile / 1st winter Glaucous Gull flew north over Stinky Bay this morning and a Snow Bunting was also there.

Marine Sightings: A 7 metre dead whale is on the beach just north of Borve Point, Benbecula.

whale, Long-tailed Ducks and Ivory Gull (Steve Duffield)

14th December:

North Uist: Late news of a juvenile Little Stint on flooded machair on Baleshare yesterday.

Benbecula: 60 Long-tailed Ducks were off Stinky Bay.

South Uist: A Little Auk, Common Scoter and juvenile / 1st winter Glaucous Gull flew south at Ardvule this morning. 3 Snow Buntings were on the Range.

Little Auk and Merlin (John Kemp)

13th December:

North Uist: Around 40 Brent Geese were  on the North Ford this afternoon between Carinish and Benbecula.

Benbecula: A 1st winter Ivory Gull was on the island today. Initially seen just north of Creagorry around 09:45, it drifted north and ended up on the airfield at Balivanich.

South Uist: A Little Auk was off Ardvule today. 42 Snow Buntings were in Askernish.

Ivory Gull (Steve Duffield); Little Auk (John Kemp)

12th December:

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal and Scaup are still on Loch Sandary. The American Coot is on Loch nam Feithean. A Fulmar and Gannet were off Balranald. A Slavonian Grebe was on Loch Hosta; with 2 Fieldfare nearby.

Marine Sightings: A dead Striped Dolphin was found on the beach just north of Orosay, South Uist.

Fieldfare and Son Thrush (Steve Duffield)

9th December:

South Uist: A juv. / 1st winter Glaucous Gull and 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Ardivachar this morning.

South Uist: 43 Gannets, 2 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver and 7 Long-tailed Ducks flew south off Ardvule this morning. A Blackcap is in South Glendale.

Glaucous Gull (Steve Duffield)

8th December:

North Uist: The drake Green-winged Teal, Scaup and Coot are on Loch Sandary. A juvenile / 1st winter Glaucous Gull was near Rubh' Arnal; also 2 Pied Wagtails there.

South Uist: A 1st winter Iceland Gull was in the south bay at Ardvule. 5 Goldfinch were at Bornish and 2 Blackcaps in South Glendale.

Goldfinch (John Kemp)

7th December:

Harris: 2 Blackcaps (male and female) are in Northton and have been since mid-November.

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean, along with 3 Pintail (male and 2 females). 3 Fieldfare were near Balranald House. A juvenile / 1st winter Glaucous Gull was along Traigh Iar; also 2 Pied Wagtails. A female Ring-necked Duck, drake Scaup, drake Green-winged Teal and a Coot are on Loch Sandary. A female Pintail was on Loch Paible.

South Uist: At least 1 Blackcap is still in South Glendale.

Ring-necked Duck (Steve Duffield)

6th December:

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps are in South Gendale.

5th December:

North Uist: The Firecrest was reported from Grenitote again this evening.

4th December:

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean; a Pink-footed Goose was also present with Greylags.

3rd December:

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean although difficult to see at the far south-west end. A Coot and drake Scaup are on Loch Sandary. 5 Fieldfare and a Woodcock are in Grenitote. At least 15 Brent Geese are at the southern end of Traigh Iar, Baleshare opposite Carinish.

2nd December:

South Uist: 2 Blackcaps are still in South Glendale.

1st December:

North Uist: A Coot was on Loch Sandary today.

South Uist: A Bonxie was seen over the north end of Loch Bee again today. 2 Blackcaps and a Fieldfare were in South Glendale today.