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2017

Latest Outer Hebrides Bird and Wildlife Sightings. Please note that the sightings below do not reflect the variety of species you can see in a normal day out birding or wildlife watching. These reports concentrate on more unusual species or significant counts or movements.

29th March:

Uist: 30 Whooper Swans and 6 Barnacle Geese flew north and a male Shoveler flew south at Rubha Ardvule.

Insects: 107 Hebrew Characters, 1 Red Chestnut, 1 Pearly Underwing, 5 Acleris hyemana, and an Agonopterix yeatiana trapped last night at South Glendale.

124 Hebrew Characters, 1 Red Chestnut, 1 Clouded Drab, 1 Early Grey, 1 Acleris hyemana and 1 Caloptilia elongata trapped last night at North Locheynort.

28th March:

Lewis: Great Tit in garden at Point. Gyr Falcon near Balallan end of Eishken Road.

Uist: 4 Siskins at South Glendale and 43 Greenland White-fronted Geese flying over to the Northwest from Glendale.

27th March:

Lewis: 3 immature gaucous gulls at the Butt and 1 immature Iceland Gull. 2 flocks of pink footed geese at Loch Stiapavat -82 birds in total. Goldcrest in garden at Point

Barra: White billed diver off Eoligarry. Iceland Gull at the Traigh Mhor and Glaucous Gull on Loch Tangasdale.

Insects:81 Hebrew Characters, 2 Red Chestnut, 1 Early Grey and 2 Acleris hyemana trapped at South Glendale last night.

26th March:

Lewis: 20 Whooper Swans flew east into Broad Bay at midday. 75 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Loch Stiapabhat this morning (11:55) whilst 2 Glaucous Gulls (juvenile and 2nd winter) were at the Butt. 7 Iceland Gulls came in to roost south of Port of Ness this evening.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were on Baleshare this afternoon. 24 Whooper Swans were on the North Ford off Carinish this afternoon. 5 Lapland Buntings were at Balranald.

South Uist: A Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatears and 4 Siskins were in South Glendale today.

Insects: The migrant micro moth - a Rush Veneer was caught in Carinish last night. 2 Clouded Drab and 63 Hebrew Characters were caught at North Loch Eynort last night. Also 3 Acleris hyemana were seen on Aisgerbheinn, Askernish today.

Clouded Drab - Outer Hebrides Moths Siskin, South Uist Rush Veneer - North Uist Shelduck - Outer Hebrides Birds Snow Bunting, Baleshare
Clouded Drab and Siskin (John Kemp); Rush Veneer, Shelduck and Snow Bunting (Steve Duffield)

 

25th March:

Lewis: An immature Glaucous Gull and 2 immature Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway Harbour today. A 1st yr Iceland Gull and 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were at the Butt where 52 White-fronted Geese flew north-west this morning (08:00). 9 Iceland Gulls were south of Port of Ness this evening.

North Uist: 15 Whooper Swasn flew north-west past Claddach Chaolais early this morning and 26 were resting on the North Ford, west of Grimsay this afternoon.

South Uist: 24 Whooper Swans and 2 Common Scoters flew north at Ardvule this morning whilst a juvenile / 1st winter Glaucous Gull was in the north bay there. A Chiffchaff was in South Glendale.

Insects: 20 Hebrew Characters were trapped at Claddach Baleshare last night. 17 Hebrew Characters, 1 Red Chestnut and an Agonopterix subpropinquella f.rhodochrella were caught in South Glendale. A Smal Tortoiseshell was also seen in South Glendale and a male Belted Beauty moth at Ardvule.

Agonopterix subpropinquella Drinker moth caterpillar - Outer Hebrides Small Tortoiseshell - Outer Hebrides Butterflies Red Deer stag - South Uist
Agonopterix subpropinquella, Drinker Moth caterpillar, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Deer (John Kemp)

 

24th March:

Lewis: 2 probable Cattle Egrets were seen heading out from the Minch early this morning before doubling back and heading south-east, about a mile off the Butt towards the mainland. 20 Whooper Swans were on Loch Stiapabhat this afternoon. 2 or 3 Iceland Gulls were near the Butt whilst 6 came to roost south of Port of Ness this evening. At least 5 x 2cy Iceland Gulls in Stornoway Harbour this evening, also single 3cy Iceland and 2cy Glaucous Gull. 10 Whooper Swans also flew north over the harbour.

North Uist: 32 (migrating) Greylag Geese headed north-west over Carinish this morning and 70+ flew west over Claddach Baleshare. 15 Whooper Swans were also on the North Ford off Carinish. A Rook (local rarity) flew south-east over Carinish this afternoon and a Jack Snipe was along the shore.

Benbecula: 9 Black-tailed Godwits were by Coot Loch this morning.

Barra: A Glaucous Gull was at Brevig. 26 White-fronted Geese flew north and 2 Chiffchaffs were on the island.

Black-tailed Godwits - Outer Hebrides Birds Black-tailed Godwit (Steve Duffield)

 

23rd March:

North Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull, a Wheatear and 31 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was nearby at Hougharry. A Wheatear was seen at Claddach Carinish this morning. 17 Whooper Swans were on Loch Bhrusda whilst 8 flew north-west at Carinish early this morning and 7 flew north-west off Baleshare. 45 Snow Buntings and a Brambling were on Borve machair, Berneray. The American Coot was reported from Loch nam Feithean.

South Uist: A juvenile / 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Boisdale this morning where 8 Whooper Swans flew north.

Insects: 3 male Belted Beauties were seen at Smerclate / Garrynamonie this morning.

Marine Sightings: At least 1 Humpback Whales was seen off Tiumpan Head this morning; plus 1 in the afternoon.

male Pied Wagtail - Outer Hebrides Birds male Snow Buntings, North Uist Snow Buntings, Outer Hebrides Birds Pied Wagtail (John Kemp); Snow Buntings (Steve Duffield)

 

22nd March:

Lewis: 12 Whooper Swans were on Loch Drollabhat, Dell this morning and 109 Barnacle Geese were at Loch Stiapabhat. 7 Iceland Gulls were at Port of Ness this evening. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was near the Butt.

North Uist: 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull and a pair of Pintail were on Baleshare this afternoon whilst 10 Whooper Swans were resting on the ford by the causeway to the island. 56 Whooper Swans flew north over Baleshare around 10:40 am and 8 Whooper Swans flew north-west over Carinish early this evening. A Gyr Falcon was seen on the Udal today.

Gyr Falcon, North Uist Gyr Falcon (David Blofield)

 

21st March:

Lewis: A single immature Iceland Gull was on Loch Tiumpan this afternoon.

North Uist: 24 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. 2 Iceland Gulls were at Hougharry.

Barra: A Sandwich Tern was at Eoligarry today and an Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor.

 

20th March:

Lewis: An immature Kumlien's Gull was seen along the Braighe this morning. 10 Iceland Gulls were at Port of Ness this evening.

North Uist: 2 Glaucous Gulls (a juvenile and 2nd winter) and 6 Pintail (3 pairs) were on Baleshare this afternoon.

Barra: A Glaucous Gull and 2 White-fronted Geese were at Cleat. A Glaucous Gull was also at Loch Tangasdale.

 

19th March:

Lewis: An immature Iceland Gull was at Loch Branahuie this morning. An immature Kumlien's Gull and 2 immature Glaucous Gulls were at Tiumpan Head also this morning. 12 Iceland Gulls were on the cliffs at Port of Ness in the evening.

North Uist: A 2nd winter Iceland Gull and 18 Snow Buntings were at Balranald this morning. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch na Reivil, Hougharry. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Loch Hosta. The Little Egret was seen on the south side of Grimsay.

 

18th March:

Lewis: A Gyr Falcon was over the Butt this morning at 10:33 before drifting south. 3 Iceland Gulls were at Port of Ness.

South Uist: 22 Whooper Swans flew north at Ardvule whilst 2 Common Scoters flew south and one headed north. 37 Whooper Swans were on Loch an't-Saile and a juvenile Iceland Gull was at Ardivachar.

Gyr Falcon, Butt of Lewis Gyr Falcon (Tony Marr)

 

17th March:

Lewis: 8 Iceland Gulls were on the cliffs south of Port of Ness this evening and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the Butt. An Arctic Redpoll was seen in Ness this afternoon.

Insects: A Chestnut moth was found on the ferry in Lochmaddy late this morning.

Chestnut - Outer Hebrides Moths Arctic Redpoll, Ness Chestnut (Steve Duffield); Arctic Redpoll (Samantha Hawkins)

 

16th March:

Lewis: A minimum of 12 Iceland Gulls were on the cliffs south of Port of Ness. An immature Glaucous Gull and 3 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Tiumpan Head.

North Uist: The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean. 3 Iceland Gulls, a Glaucous Gull and at least 15 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. The Little Egret was seen on the south side of Grimsay.

South Uist: A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 252 Gannets, 27 Fulmars, 54 Kittiwakes and 1 Great Skua.

Great Skua, South Uist Great Skua (John Kemp)

 

14th March:

North Uist: A Pomarine Skua flew north off Aird an Runair this morning along with a Red-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, 14 Fulmars and 41 Kittiwakes. Also present were an Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull.

South Uist: A southerly movement at Ardvule this morning included 197 Gannets, 72 Kittiwakes, 13 Fulmars and 6 Black Guillemots.

Barra: A 2nd winter Kumlien's Gull was off Tangasdale and an Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor.

Black Guillemot - Outer Hebrides Birds Black Guillemot, South Uist Black Guillemot (John Kemp)

 

13th March:

Lewis: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls, a Bonxie and a pair of Whooper Swans were at Tiumpan. 8 Iceland Gulls were seen south of Port of Ness in the late afternoon whilst 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and a juvenile) were at Loch Stiapabhat and 2 juveniles were at the Butt this morning.

South Uist: 55 Kittiwakes and 75 Gannets flew north at Ardvule this morning whilst 2 Barnacle Geese were present. 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 37 Goldfinch were on the machair at Kilpheder where a juvenile Iceland Gull flew south. 18 Whooper Swans flew north at Daliburgh.

Barra: A very early House Martin was on the island today. 3 Iceland Gulls were at Traigh Mhor.

Marine Sightings: 4 Humpback Whales, White-beaked Dolphins and Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head today.

 

12th March:

Lewis: A juvenile Kumlien's Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull were at Tiumpan Head. 8 Iceland Gulls were to the south of Port of Ness.

North Uist: 6 Iceland Gulls and 6 Glaucous Gulls were at Rubh' Arnal.

Marine Sightings: 3 or 4 Humpback Whales, 2 Minke Whales and Risso's Dolphins feeding off Tiumpan Head today.

 

11th March:

Lewis: An immature Iceland Gull and 2 Glaucous Gulls (na adult and immature) were at Tiumpan Head this afternoon. 4 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were at the Butt in the afternoon and 6 Iceland Gulls were to the south of Port of Ness.

South Uist: A 1st winter Kumlien's Gull was at Ardvule; also a Pied Wagtail there. 4 Pied Wagtails were at Kilpheder Point.

1st winter Kumlien's Gull, South Uist Kumlien's Gull (John Kemp)

 

10th March:

Lewis: An immature Glaucous Gull was at Tiumpan Head early afternoon. 4 immature Iceland Gulls and an immature Glaucous Gull were at the Butt.

North Uist: 4 immature Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare and 22 Whooper Swans flew north.

Barra: 4 Iceland Gulls and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull were at Ardveenish. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Loch Tangasdale. 8 Snow Buntings were at Traigh Mhor.

Iceland Gull, Lewis Iceland Gull (Tristan ap Rheinhallt)

 

9th March:

Lewis: 7 immature Iceland Gulls and 3 immature Glaucous Gulls were between Port of Ness and the Butt this afternoon. At least 4 immature Iceland Gulls and an immature Glaucous Gull was in Stornoway Harbour. A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags at Steinish.

North Uist: At least 7 Glaucous Gulls and 5 Iceland Gulls were at Rubh' Arnal; also 78 Brent Geese and a Snow Bunting. A drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch nam Feithean whilst 2 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls were at Balranald.

juvenile Glaucous Gull with Brent Geese 2nd winter Iceland Gull, Rubh' Arnal Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

8th March:

Lewis: 2 immature Glaucous Gulls were at Tiumpan Head early afternoon. A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Port of Ness.

South Uist: The Blue Tit is still in Borish. At Ardvule today a southerly movement included 49 Gannets, 20 Fulmars and an early Manx Shearwater.

immature Gannet, South Uist Curlew - Outer Hebrides Birds Gannet (John Kemp); Curlew (Steve Duffield)

 

7th March:

Lewis: 2 immature Iceland Gulls and an immature Glaucous Gull were at Tiumpan this morning. An immature Iceland Gull was also at Upper Bayble. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Port of Ness. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew over Loch Stiapabhat.

 

6th March:

Lewis: A 1st winter Iceland Gull was on Loch Tiumpan this morning. An adult Glaucous Gull was at Tiumpan Head this afternoon. A Woodcock was seen at Shulishader. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Loch Stiapabhat and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the machair nearby.

Benbecula: The Black-tailed Godwit was at Coot Loch again late this afternoon; also an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull there.

Grey Heron - Outer Hebrides Birds Grey Heron (Steve Duffield)

 

5th March:

Lewis: 2 immature Glaucous Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls (an adult and juvenile / 1st winter) were in Stornoway Harbour this morning. An adult and a juvenile Iceland Gull were at Tiumpan Head around midday. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south past the Butt.

North Uist: The American Coot is still at the south-west corner of Loch nam Feithean. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls, a juvenile Iceland Gull and a Snow Bunting were at Balranald. A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was nearby at Hougharry.

Marine Sightings: A pod of White-sided Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head.

2nd winter Iceland Gull, North Uist 2nd winter Iceland Gull, Outer Hebrides 2nd winter Iceland Gull juvenile / 1st winter Iceland Gull, North Uist Iceland Gulls (Steve Duffield)

 

4th March:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in Stornoway Harbour this morning.

North Uist: 46 Brent Geese were on the North Ford, just west of the causeway this afternoon. 4 Glaucous Gulls are still on Baleshare.

South Uist: A juvenile Iceland Gull was in North Bay.

Barra: A juvenile Kumlien's Gull was at Ardveenish this afternoon; also 7 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull scattered around the island. A Jackdaw was at Garrygall.

juvenile Iceland Gull, North Bay, South Uist Teal - Outer Hebrides Birds Iceland Gull and Teal (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd March:

Lewis: A 1st winter Ring-billed Gull was by Loch Tiumpan this morning; also and adult Iceland Gull there, plus another at Tiumpan Head. 3 Kumlien's Gulls (2 juveniles and a 2nd winter), 5 Iceland Gulls and 3+ juvenile Glaucous Gulls were in Stornoway Harbour this evening.

North Uist: 6 Iceland Gulls (an adult, 2nd winter and 4 juveniles), 7 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 50 Brent Geese were at Rubh' Arnal this morning. The Little Egret was on the North Ford, west of the causeway and just south of Grimsay this afternoon. The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feithean. 4 Iceland Gulls, a Glaucous Gull and 28 Snow Buntings were at Balranald.

Benbecula: A Mistle Thrush was seen at Gramsdale.

South Uist: The Blue Tit is still in Bornish. 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were at Ardvule whilst 46 Barnacle Geese flew north, out at sea from the point. A juvenile Iceland Gull and 2 Pied Wagtails were at the Howmore River.

Insects: A male Belted Beauty was near Rubh' Arnal.

Marine Sightings: 2 Humpback Whales were seen to the south of Tiumpan Head llighthouse although 4 were reported travelling together off there between 09:00 - 11:30. Also White-sided, White-beaked and Risso's Dolpihns were seen as well as a leucistic Porpoise.

1st winter Iceland Gull, Howmore adult Ringed Plover, Outer Hebrides Birds juvenile Glaucous Gull, North Uist Iceland Gull, North Uist
Iceland Gull (John Kemp); Ringed Plover, Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull (Steve Duffield)

 

2nd March:

Lewis: A juvenile and 2nd winter Kumlien's Gull, 5 Iceland Gulls (2nd winter and 3 juveniles) and 3 Glaucous Gulls (2nd winter and 2 juveniles) were in Stornoway Harbour.

Harris: A juvenile Iceland Gull was in Leverburgh.

 

1st March:

Lewis: 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and juvenile) and a juvenile Iceland Gull were at the Butt. 7 Iceland Gulls (1 adult and 6 juveniles) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were in Stornoway Harbour today whilst a juvenile Iceland Gull was at Marybank. A Great Tit and 4 Bramblings were at Willowglen, Stornoway.

North Uist: 60 Snow Buntings were at Borve, Berneray. The American Coot is still on Loch nam Feiethan. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls (a 2nd winter and a juvenile) were at Balranald. 4 immature Glaucous Gulls were on Baleshare along with 7 Pintail. 4 Iceland Gulls amd 4 Glaucous Gulls were in the Rubh' Arnal area.

South Uist: A female Blackcap was at Carnan. 7 Glaucous Gulls (6 juveniles and a 2nd winter) and 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were at Kilpheder this morning.

Barra: 3 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were at Traigh Mhor; plus another Glaucous Gull was at Eoligarry.

juvenile Glaucous Gull, South Uist juvenile Iceland Gull, South Uist Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull (John Kemp)