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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Benbecula: A 1st winter Iceland Gull was in Balivanich today.
South Uist: The Waxwing is still in South Glendale.
Lewis: 200 Redwings were at the Butt. An immature drake Goosander was at Loch Stiapabhat along with 100 Snipe and a ringtail Hen Harrier.
North Uist: The Jack Snipe is still at Carinish.
South Uist: A Waxwing is in South Glendale today. A Blackcap and 80 Redwings were at Carnan.
Lewis: 2,000 Redwings were around the Butt today; also 3 Snow Buntings. 112 Snipe were at Fivepenny.
North Uist: A Jack Snipe and Brambling were at Carinish. A drake American Wigeon was on the loch just south of the Loch Portain turning.
South Uist: A Blue Tit was at Carnan this morning before flying north. A Wheatear was at Smerclate.
Lewis: At least 1,000 Redwings were at the Butt today, plus 7 Snow Buntings. 600 Golden Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Common Redpolls (north-western) were on Eoropie machair. 2 Bramblings were in Port of Ness. 30 Whooper Swans, a Slavonian Grebe and a Goldeneye were at Loch Stiapabhat with 30 Barnacle Geese nearby.
North Uist: 150+ Redwings are in Carinish today and 10 Whooper Swans flew over, heading south this afternoon (also 4 this morning).
South Uist: The 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and 9 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardivachar. A seawatch from Ardvule (0810 – 0920) produced a southerly passage of 14 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Northern Divers and 39 Kittiwakes. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale. A Barn Owl was seen just north of Askernish quarry.
Lewis: A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Fivepenny this morning.
South Uist: The 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and 40+ Black-tailed Godwits are at Ardivachar; also 20 Barnacle Geese were nearby. A seawatch at Ardvule (0730-1155) produced a southerly passage of 597 Gannets, a Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmars, a Leach’s Petrel, 40 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 21 Guillemots, 3 Razorbills, 25 Auk sp., 3 Black Guillemots, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 5 Kittiwakes, 24 Long-tailed Ducks, 62 Greenland White-fronts and 42 Black-tailed Godwits. 7 White-fronted Geese flew south at Carnan this morning. 2 female Blackcaps were at South Glendale.
Lewis: 12 Snow Buntings were at the Butt. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Fivepenny and the Blue Tit was in Port of Ness.
North Uist: A possible Greater Yellowlegs was seen in flight, heading east across the causeway between Benbecula and Grimsay this afternoon. A Jack Snipe was seen at the north end of the causeway to Grimsay. A juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose and 2 Pink-footed Geese are on Grimsay.
South Uist: 39 Great Northern Divers flew south at Ardvule (07:10 - 08:50) this morning. At least 1 Blackcap is in South Glendale.
Lewis: The Chimney Swift was reported again today between Ness FC and Decca B&B early afternoon.
South Uist: A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and 45 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardivachar this morning. A Grey Phalarope was at Peninerine around mid-day before heading south. A seawatch from Ardvule (0820 – 1300) produced southerly passage of 506 Gannets, 104 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 15 Kittiwakes, a Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, 22 Guillemots, 3 Razorbills, 18 Auk sp., 5 Black Guillemots and 14 Long-tailed Ducks. A Brent Goose was at the south-west end of Loch Bee.
Lewis: The Chimney Swift was seen over Port of Ness at mid-day.
North Uist: A 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Balranald although no sign of the Hermit Thrush. 2 Pintail and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were on Loch Bhrusda, Berneray today.
South Uist: 59 Great Northern Divers, 37 Kittiwakes and 12 Black-tailed Godwits flew south at Ardvule (08:20 - 10:35). 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.
Lewis: A Chimney Swift was near Loch Stiapabhat this afternoon after initially being seen at the Butt around 10:30. It was last seen around the Decca B&B at Lionel at dusk when it appeared to be trying to find somewhere to roost.
North Uist: The Hermit Thrush was showing exceptionally well at times and was still present around 17:00. A Lapland Bunting flew over Balranald. It was feeding in the largest dune hollow to the north of the track where the tarmac ends, heading towards Aird an Runair, Balranald . Also 10 Whooper Swans over here. Snow Bunting and 2 Brent Geese at Kyles Paible.
South Uist: A Barn Owl was seen at Kinloch, Grogarry this evening. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. 2 Woodcock and a Blackcap were at North Loch Eynort.
Barra: A Grey-cheeked Thrush has been showing on and off in Castle Bay by the football pitch today (Birdguides).
North Uist: A juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose and a Pink-footed Goose were with Greylags and Barnacles on Baleshare this morning. 2 Jack Snipe were at Balranald. A Chiffchaff is in Langass Wood and a Brambling at Carinish. A Hermit Thrush was seen this afternoon at Balranald. It flew across the track heading out to Aird an Runair where the tarmac ends into a hollow.
South Uist: A seawatch from Ardvule (0825 – 1335) produced the following south: 102 Gannets, 12 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Leach’s Petrels, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 65 Kittiwakes, 1 Razorbill, 9 Guillemots, 26 Auk sp., a Black Guillemot, 16 Tufted Ducks and a juvenile - 1st winter Ring-billed Gull. 17 Long-tailed Ducks were on Loch Ardvule. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale.
Lewis: The wing-tagged juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen at Shulishader in the late afternoon.
North Uist: 5 Pomarine Skuas and a Bonxie flew over Balranald late this morning.
South Uist: A Snow Bunting was at Ardvule. 2 female Blackcaps were in South Glendale.
Lewis: A Rough-legged Buzzard flew in off the sea at the Butt at 15:30. Also at the Butt today: a 1st winter Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl, a Chiffchaff, 7 Snow Buntings (in off), a Fieldfare and 74 Barnacle Geese heading south.
North Uist: 70 Barnacle Geese flew south-east over Carinish this morning. 2 Jack Snipe and a Wheatear were at Balranald today; plus a Bonxie was off Aird an Runair.
South Uist: Seawatching at Ardvule (0815 – 1000) produced a Manx Shearwater, Great Skua, 185 Kittiwakes, 20 Great Northern Divers and 35 Black-tailed Godwits. A male Blackcap was at North Loch Eynort.
North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Carinish today.
South Uist: A seawatch from Ardvule (0805 – 1345) produced a southerly passage of 429 Gannets, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Fulmars, 1 Storm Petrel, 26 Great Northern Divers, 391 Kittiwakes, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Pomarine Skuas, 394 Guillemots, 15 Razorbills, 381 Auks sp., 6 Black Guillemots, 31 Long-tailed Ducks and 60 Black-tailed Godwits. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and 2 immature Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Ardivachar. A Wheatear was at Balgarva. A female Blackcap is in South Glendale. A Ring Ouzel, 30 Redwings, 5 Bramblings and 4 Siskins were at North Loch Eynort today. 20 Bramblings were seen going to roost in Bornish tonight.
North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Carinish first thing in the morning.
South Uist: The White-rumped Sandpiper was off Hebridean Jewellery this morning. A Brent Goose was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was in the south bay at Ardvule this afternoon. 10 Siskins were at North Loch Eynort.
North Uist: A male Blackcap is at Carinish. A Fieldfare was at Clachan. 6 Siskins, 2 redpolls and a Brambling are at Langass Lodge. A Wheatear was at Aird an Runair and 18 Barnacle Geese flew south here around mid-day. Another Wheatear was near Balranald visitor centre.
South Uist: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was seen at Baltgarva again this evening.
Lewis: 15 Pink-footed Geese dropped in at Port of Ness and a further 55 flew south-east there this morning. A Turtle Dove and Blue Tit were also at Port of Ness and a Jack Snipe was at the Butt.
South Uist: 2 Woodcock, 7 Siskin, Brambling, 15 Redwing at North Loch Eynort, plus 6 Barnacle Geese heading north-west. 3 Bramblings were on the shore at Peninerine and 3 Barnacle Geese flew south. A Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, female Blackcap, 3 Fieldfare and 50 Redwings were at Druidibeg. A Wheatear was at Balgarva. 413 Barnacle Geese flew south in 25 minutes at Ardvule this morning; also 19 Black-tailed Godwits in south bay and a Wheatear present.
Lewis: 5 Jack Snipe were by the lighthouse at the Butt this morning. 500 Golden Plover and 100+ Snipe were at Eoropie. A Goldeneye and 2 Common Redpolls were at Loch Stiapabhat. A Turtle Dove and ringtail Hen Harrier were in Port of Ness.
North Uist: A mixed flock of 34 geese over Langass included 32 Barnacle and 2 Pink-feet heading south-east; also 30 Bramblings and a couple of Siskins there. 2 Chiffchaffs were at Scotvein, Grimsay this afternoon.
Benbecula: 15 Barnacle Geese flew south-east over Balivanich in the afternoon and a Chiffchaff was also seen.
South Uist: The juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Balgarva again today. 3 Bramblings and 8 Redwings were at Howmore this evening, plus 5 Barnacle Geese flew south. 2 Blackcaps are in South Glendale. 1,234 Barnacle Geese flew south (08:25 - 10:40). Ardvule. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Bramblings and 30 Redwings were at North Loch Eynort. 40 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were on the south side of Ardvule.
Lewis: A ringtail Hen Harrier, Common Redpoll, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff are in Port of Ness.
South Uist: 2 Blackcaps, a Common Redpoll and a Brambling in South Glendale. 19 Bramblings were at Smerclate and 8 Whooper Swans flew south. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Blackcaps and 4 Fieldfare were in Druidibeg plantation. 8 Redwings and a Chiffchaff were at Loch Eynort. A Fieldfare and 15 Redwings were at Ormiclate. 23 Barnacle Geese came in off the sea at Ardvule whilst 6 Long-tailed Ducks and a Goldeneye were on the loch there; also 7 Black-tailed Godwits. 25 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Bramblings were at Ardivachar.
Insects: A Red-line Quaker and 5 Small Wainscots were caught on Eriskay last night. 2 Angle Shades, a Dark Sword-grass and Brindled Ochre were caught in South Glendale. A Black Darter was seen at Loch Carnan today.
Lewis: A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Willoglen, Stornoway today with a Chiffchaff and Grey Wagtail nearby. Around 50 Bramblings were in the Castle Grounds and good numbers of Goldfinch were around. 3 Jack Snipe were at the Butt and a flock of 12 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew south-west over there late morning. 3 Common Redpolls (north-western) were at Eoropie.
North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Clachan na Luib this morning and 40 Chaffinch flew south over Carinish. A Common Redpoll was by Loch Sandary.
Benbecula: 13 Barncale Geese came in off the sea at Stinky Bay. 5 Bramblings were at Torlum.
South Uist: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Balgarva this afternoon. A wing-tagged Marsh Harrier flew east at Loch Bee. 38 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardivachar. 2 Blackcaps and a Brambling were in South Glendale. 36 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule with 10 Pintail and 27 Brent Geese heading south. 15 Whooper Swans were on Loch Bornish. 6 Bramblings, a Chiffchaff and 5 Redwings at Loch Druidibeg, plus 20 Barnacle Geese south there. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Bornish plus 20 Whooper Swans flew south over there.
Barra: A Common Rosefinch was in Castle Bay today; also 5 Yellow-browed Warblers on the island. Also a Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer and a Redstart.
Lewis: 11 Snow Buntings and a Jack Snipe were at the Butt this morning. A Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a male Blackcap and 2 Siskins were in Port of Ness.
North Uist: The Tree Pipit is still in Carinish this morning with 5 Whooper Swans over this afternoon. 40 Bramblings were at Cnoc a Lin machair with 2 Brent Geese and 100 Snipe at Rubh' Arnal. A Yellow-browed Warbler and Blackcap were at Langass Lodge. 18 Barnacle Geese heading south and a Wheatear were on Baleshare this morning. 2 Lesser Whitethroats were in Knockintorran. 45 Bramblings were by the visitor centre at Balarnald. A Short-eared Owl, Snow Bunting, Water Rail and Common Scoter were at Aird an Runair. 58 Bramblings were on Berneray.
Benbecula: 3 Bramblings and a Chiffchaff were in Torlum. 2 Wheatears were at Borve Point.
South Uist: 3 Blackcaps in South Glendale. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 10 Bramblings and 4 Common Redpoll were at North Loch Eynort today. A Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Common Redpolls were in Bornish. 28 Slavonian Grebes were off Balgarva. A Lapland Bunting was on Kilaulay machair. A Chiffchaff was at Druidibeg. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and 35 Bramblings were in Lochboisdale first thing this morning and 8 Whooper Swans flew south in the evening.
Barra: A Cetti's Warbler (2nd for Scotland) was reported from Nasg on the west side of Castle Bay this afternoon. A Marsh Warbler was also trapped near Gleann.
Insects: A very late Snout, single Brindled Ochre, Dark Sword-grass, Red Sword-grass, 5 Small Wainscot and a Diamond-back Moth were trapped in South Glendale last night.
Lewis: 4 Snow Buntings were at the Butt and a male Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Port of Ness.
North Uist: 220 Bramblings, a Lesser Whitethroat and female Blackcap are at Knockintorran. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Langass Wood and 19 Pink-footed Geese flew north-east over there early afternoon. At least 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and a Blackcap were at Langass Lodge. A Tree Pipit was in Carinish this afternoon. A Yellow-browed Warbler, female Blackcap and Brambling were at Kallin, Grimsay.
South Uist: The Shore Lark / Horned Lark is still showing well on the beach at Askernish; also 33 Barnacle Geese flew south this morning. An immature Glaucous Gull was at Rubha Ardvule; also 2 Lapland Buntings and 2 Snow Buntings flew over, plus 2 Barnacle Geese north-east and 20 south later. 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Chiffchaff and Blackcap were at North Loch Eynort. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Daliburgh. A Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Bramblings and 30 Redwings were in scrub along the track onto the machair at Grogarry.6 Bramblings were at Kinlcoh, Grogarry, 4 at Howmore with 3 Common Redpolls (north-western) and 37 Bramblings were at Snishival. 20 Bramblings and 40 Redwings were in Bornish. 41 Barnacle Geese and 58 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Hebridean Jewellery; also a Wheatear there. 20 Barnacle Geese flew south at Ardivachar with 2 Wheatears there. 20 Long-tailed Ducks were at Ardvule, plus a Wheatear. 2 Swallows were in Lochboisdale.
Insects: A Pearly Underwing and Red Sword-grass were trapped in South Glendale last night.
Shore / Horned Lark (Paul Ross - 2 photos); rear view Shore / Horned Lark (John Kemp) showing coverts Shore / Horned Lark and Tree Pipit (Steve Duffield); Pearly Underwing (John Kemp); Red-breasted Flycatcher (Tony Marr)
Lewis: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackaps, a Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and 5 Bramblings were in Port of Mess. 550 Golden Plover and a Ruff were on Eoropie machair.
South Uist: The Shore Lark or Horned Lark was still on the shore at Askernish today; a male Snow Bunting flew north, around 150 Pink-footed Geese flew south off-shore and a Wheatear was nearby. Later in the evening 50 Black-tailed Godwits and 300 Barnacle Geese heading south off Askernish. 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 10 Bramblings and 2 Siskin were at North Loch Eynort; 120 Pink-footed Geese also flew south-east over in the early afternoon. 4 Common Redpolls (north-western) and 2 Bramblings were at Howmore with 13 Barnacle Geese heading south-east in the afternoon. 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 70+ Barnacle Geese flew south off Ardvule this morning. A Little Stint and Snow Bunting were on the beach at Kildonan. 3 Wheatears at Ardvule. 10 Common Scoters were off Howmore. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Bornish; a Snow Bunting was flying over and 32 Brambling dropped in to roost. 2 Siskins, 2 Brambling, 5 Goldcrests and 30 Redwings in South Glendale today.
Barra: 6 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on the island today but no sign of the Tanager. Plenty of Redwings and Bramblings around generally on the island plus a Garden Warbler and 3 Blackcaps at Nask as well as 2 Common Redpolls. 4 Common Redpolls Castle Bay.
Insects: A Satellite was trapped at Carinish last night and is the first for the Outer Hebrides.
Lewis: A grey morph Gyr Falcon was at the Butt again today. 50 Bramblings were seen near the birdge over to Great Bernera this afternoon. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 21 Redwings and a Brambling were in Carloway. 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Woodcock were in Port of Ness.
Harris: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher were in a plantation around the central area of the island and another Yellow-browed Warbler was in Tarbet near the Harris Tweed shop.
North Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler and Brambling were in Carinish this morning; also a Pink-footed Goose heading north-west and 30 Brent Geese heading south-east in the afternoon. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap and 4 Brambling were at Langass Lodge with 15 Barnacle Geese heading south-east. 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Siskin and a Brambling were in Lochmaddy. 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a female Blackcap and 4 Common Redpolls were on the edge of Bogach Loch Steinabhat plantation (opposite Macians quarry). A Bonxie flew east over Clachan Sands. A Whitethroat and 4 Bramblings were at Clachan Farm whilst a Wheatear was close by. At least 1 Yellow-browed Warbler was in Grenitote. 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, 40 Brambling and a Blackap were in the Loch Sandary area this morning.
Benbecula: A Stock Dove was at Nunton today.
South Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps were at North Loch Eynort. A Shore Lark was on the beach at Askernish.
Barra: The 1st winter Scarlet Tanager was seen at Creachan again today. 28 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, a Hawfinch, 12 Siskins and 200 Bramblings were also on the island today
Lewis: A Red-breasted Flycatcher was west of the Butt this morning and the Tree Pipit was still at the lighthouse. At least 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Bramblings and a Blackcap were in Carloway today plus another Brambling was in the garden at Kirvick.
North Uist: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Corncrake were seen in the Knockintorran / Paiblesgarry area today. A Pied Flycatcher was at Langass Wood. A female Blackcap and Brambling were at Carinish. A Yellow-browed Warbler and Wood Warbler were in Lochmaddy today. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were by the Crogaire Beag Quarry today. 4 Bramblings and a Wheatear were by Loch Sandary today. A pair of Ring-necked Ducks were reported from Loch Sturmore today. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Claddach Vallay and another was at Clachan na Luib.
Benbecula: 100+ Redwings and 3 Chiffchaff were at Torlum this morning whilst 21 Brambling and 30 Whooper Swans flew south there.
South Uist: A Yellow-browed Warbler and male Blackcap were at kinloch, Grogarry. A Yellow-browed Warbler and a male and female Blackcap were at Druidibeg. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Redwings, male Blackcap, a Siskin and 24 Bramblings were in South Glendale today.
Barra: The 1st winter Scarlet Tanager was reported at Creachan again mid-afternoon (Birdguides) but not since although 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were there. A Barred Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher were also seen today.
Insects: 2 Angle Shades, 3 Brindled Ochre, a Large Wainscot, Dark Sword-grass, 2 Small Wainscot and an Autumn Green Carpet were trapped in South Glendale last night.
Lewis: A Tree Pipit, Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Robins and a Brambling were within the walls the the Butt lighthouse. A Jack Snipe, Redstart and 3 Wheatears were nearby. 150 Snipe, a Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit were on Eoropie machair.
North Uist: A Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Lochmaddy today. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers, a Blackcap and a few Brambling were between Langass Lodge and Clachan. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Knockintorran. A Storm Petrel, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 25 Bonxies and 8 Arctic Skuas were seen on the crossing between Lochmaddy - Uig this afternoon.
Benbecula: A Ring Ouzel, 14 Redwings, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Brambling were at Torlum.
South Uist: 2 Blackcaps and 3 Redwings were in Druidibeg plantation this morning. 10 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the west side of Loch Bee along with a Ruff and 2 Black-tailed Godwits; 85 Barnacle Geese also flew over. A Little Stint was at Balgarva and 6 Whooper Swans flew south. 17 Brent Geese were near Hebridean Jewellery. 15 Bramblings were in South Glendale this evening. 80+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Howmore today.
Barra: The Scarlet Tanager was showing well at times at Creachan today; also a Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, Common Redpoll, 17 Bramblings and a few Redwings there. A Yellow-browed Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher were at Nask. A Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs were in North Bay. Also lots of Bramblings on the island today including over 30 in North Bay. 11 Brent Geese were at Eoligarry and 2 juvenile Arctic Terns were off Ardmhor ferry terminal.
Marine Sightings: An Orca and a Minke Whale were seen from the ferry between Lochmaddy and Uig, Skye this afternoon.
North Uist: 300 Barnacle Geese flew south-east over Claddach Baleshare around 12:30 today.
Benbecula: A Long-tailed Duck flew south off Stinky Bay.
South Uist: A Ruff was in North Bay this morning. A Little Stint was at Balgarva. A large movement of Snipe today included 140 at Bornish. An adult pale morph Pomarine Skua and a Long-tailed Duck were off Ardivachar. 2 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 5 Bonxies, 4 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red- throated Divers and 3 Common Scoters south passed Ardvule between 12:00 - 14:00.
Barra: A Scarlet Tanager was found at Creachan woodland early this afternoon and still present at 18:45.
North Uist: 3 Pomarine Skuas were off Baleshare around mid-day with 1 south and 2 north. 7 Barnacle Geese flew south-east along the shore at Baleshare and 29 were in fields there. 37 Gadwall were on Loch Mor. A Willow Warbler was at Claddach Baleshare.
South Uist: Ardvule (0730-1005) produced a southerly passage of 1179 Gannets, a Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, 13 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, 43 Razorbills, 77 Guillemots, 97 Auks sp, 2 Pomarine Skuas ads (plus one north), an Arctic Skua ad, 2 Great Skuas north, 5 Kittiwakes, an Arctic Tern, 5 Scaup, a Common Scoter and 30 Barnacle Geese. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Balgarva this afternoon. A juvenile Little Stint and juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were on the South Ford.
Barra: An American Golden Plover was at Eoligarry.
Lewis: A grey Gyr Falcon was seen at the Butt today. Also around 820 Barnacle Geese came in from the north-east and passed down the west side along with 20 Whooper Swans. A Sooty Shearwater and 6 Manx Shearwaters flew west past the Butt. 2 Snow Buntings flew in off the sea there with 11 already present along with a Lapland Bunting. A Redwing also dropped in during the afternoon.
North Uist: A Whinchat is at Balelone. 20 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew west through the Sound of Harris from Berneray.
South Uist: 3 Lapland Buntings were on the machair west of Loch Bee. 10 Chiffchaff were at North Loch Eynort and 3 were at Druidibeg. Around 300 Barnacle Geese (in small flocks) were seen heading south over or off-shore from the island today. A sea-watch at Ardvule between 15:20 and 17:30 produced 5 Pomarine Skuas (4 ads, 1 imm), 3 Bonxies and 4 Arctic Skuas, 5 Red-throated and 1 Great Northern Diver, 35 Kittiwake and 76 Barnacle Geese south. A Sooty Shearwater and Manx Shearwater were seen from the Oban - Lochboisdale sailing.
Lewis: 2 adult Pomarine Skuas, 2 Bonxies, an Arctic Tern, 75 Kittiwakes and 120 auk sp. flew west past the Butt between 09:00 - 10:00.
Benbecula: A Pomarine Skua was seen at the side of the main road at Creagorry this morning.
South Uist: A seawatch from Ardvule (07:20-11:30) produced a southerly passage of 2168 Gannets, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Great Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 8 Pomarine Skuas, 24 Kittiwakes, 5 Arctic Terns, 14 Red-throated Divers, 47 Great Northern Divers, 25 Razorbills, 22 Guillemots, 14 Auk sp, 8 Black Guillemots, a Long-tailed Duck and 69 Pale-bellied Brents. In the evening 2 Pomarine Skuas, an Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxies, 4 Great Northern Divers, 6 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Tern flew south in an hour. A dark morph Pomarine Skua was close inshore at Stoneybridge in the afternoon before flying north and it or another adult flew north over Balgarva later in the afternoon. A Little Stint was on the South Ford. A Blackcap was in Bornish. A Sand Martin was at Carnan today.
Lewis: 4 Sooty Shearwaters and 4 juvenile Pomarine Skuas flew past the Butt this morning.
North Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was reported flying over Loch nam Feithean, Balranald this morning.
Lewis: A Lapland Bunting, 18 Snow Buntings and a Whimbrel were at the Butt today. A ringtail Hen Harrier was at Loch Stiapabhat and a Ruff was at Fivepenny.
South Uist: A seawatch from Ardvule (0715 – 1255) produced 3,126 Gannets, a Storm Petrel, 9 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, an Arctic Skua, 7 Pomarine Skuas (2 pale adults), 7 Great Skuas, 47 Kittiwakes, 3 Arctic Terns, 25 Razorbills, 21 Guillemots and 22 Auk sp. heading south; also a Leach's Petrel later on. A Snow Bunting was at Kilpheder. 2 Chiffchaffs were at North Loch Eynort and another was at Bornish.