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12th July:

Insects: 124 moths/35 species were trapped in South Glendale last night which included 1 Antler Moth, 1 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Snout, 1 Oblique Carpet, 2 Pretty Pinion, 3 Small Rivulet, 10 Straw Dot, 2 Diamond-back Moth, 1 Agapeta hamana, 1 Eudonia mercurella, 2 Pleurota bicostella, 5 Notocelia uddmanniana, 10 Eucosma campoliliana, 2 Eucosma cana and 65 True Lover’s Knot.

Merlin, Outer Hebrides birds Eucosma cana, Outer Hebrides moths Merlin and Eucosma cana (John Kemp)

 

11th July:

Lewis. The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

South Uist: 2 Avocets were on the Howmore River today.

Insects: 228 moths of 50 species were trapped in Carinish last night including a Dark Spinach, 2 Angle Shades, 2 Lempke's Gold Spots and a Light Arches amongst many more.

Dark Spinach, Outer Hebrides moths Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl Dark Spinach (Steve Duffield); Short-eared Owl (Michael Cook)

 

10th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is still in Cross.

Bar-tailed Godwits, Outer Hebrides Bar-tailed Godwits Bar-tailed Godwits (Steve Duffield)

 

9th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is in Cross.

North Uist: 4 Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Mor, Baleshare.

South Uist: The adult Little Gull is still at Ardvule; whilst birds flying north included 42 Gannets, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin and 4 Manx Shearwaters while a Great Northern Diver, 2 Kittiwakes and 12 Gannets flew south.

Insects: 280 moths of 42 species were caught in Carinish last night including 3 Pretty Pinion, a Lempke's Gold Spot, 3 Light Emerald and a Purple Clay amongst many more.

Arctic Tern, South Uist Arctic Tern, Outer Hebrides Puffin, Ardvule Arctic Terns and Puffin (John Kemp)

 

8th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is still at Cross.

Benbecula: 2 Sandwich Terns were at Stinky Bay this morning before heading north.

South Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was at Ardvule again this morning; also an adult Little Gull there. 6 Crossbills were in Druidibeg plantation.

Barra: 3 Crossbills were seen on the island today.

Marine Sightings: 5 Minke Whales, 11 Risso's Dolphins, an Orca, 7 Common Dolphins, 5 Harbour Pospoise and a Basking Shark were seen off Leanish, Barra today.

Insects: A Small Magpie moth was seen last night in South Glendale. Moths trapped there include 93 True Lover's Knot, Heart & Dart and 3 Scarce Silver Y

In Carnan 31 moths / 15 species were trapped including a Beautiful Golden Y, 4 Bright-line Brown Eye, a Burnished Brass, Buff Ermine, Common White Wave, Dark Arches, 6 Drinkers, a Dusky Brocade, 3 Garden Tigers, an Ingrailed Clay, Pebble Prominent, Poplar Hawkmoth1, 4 Small Square Spots, a Smoky Wainscot and 4 True Lover's Knot.

Small Magpie moth, Outer Hebrides moths Crossbill, Outer Hebrides Sedge Warbler, Outer Hebrides
Small Magpie (John Kemp); Crossbills (Joe Newman); Sedge Warbler (Steve Duffield)

 

7th July:

Lewis: 4 Rose-coloured Starlings are in Ness with 3 at Cross and 1 at Skigersta.

St. Kilda: 2 Long-tailed Skuas (an adult and 2nd summer) and a 1st summer Sabine's Gull were 10 miles north of the islands.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was in Carinish. An immature Glaucous Gull was on Loch Sandary. A Rose-coloured Starling was in Balemore (for its 2nd day). An adult Curlew Sandpiper was at Balranald.

South Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen at Ardvule this morning. A Sandwich Tern was at Ardvule this morning along with 30 x 1st summer Arctic Terns.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still on Vatersay.

adult Curlew Sandpiper, Outer Hebrides Curlew Sandpiper in summer plumage Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin Rose-coloured Starling, Ardvule
Curlew Sandpiper (Steve Duffield); Rose-coloured Starling (John Kemp)

 

6th July:

Lewis: 3 Rose-coloured Starlings were at Cross and 1 was at Skigersta.

St. Kilda: A Wilson's Petrel was reported off-shore early evening.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling is still in Carinish.

South Uist: 15 Black-tailed Godwits flew south over Carnan at 19:20; also 12 were on the west side of Loch Bee.

Robin fledgling, North Uist Robin fledgling, Outer Hebrides Rose-coloured Starling, sunbathing Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides Large White butterfly, Outer Hebrides Whooper Swans in South Uist
Robin fledgling, Rosy Starling and Large White (Steve Duffield); Whooper Swans (John Love)

 

5th July:

Lewis: A Rose-coloured Starling is in Breanais and has been for several days. 3 Rose-coloured Starlings are at Cross, 2 are at Skigersta and 1 is in Port of Ness.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was in Carinish again this morning. At least 7 Crossbills are in Langass Wood.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still on Vatersay. A Pomarine Skua flew south past Brevig this afternoon.

 

4th July:

Lewis: 5 Rose-coloured Starlings were in Ness with 2 at Skigersta and 3 at Cross.

North Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was in Carinish.

South Uist: An adult Glaucous Gull was at Kildonan. The Spoonbill was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this afternoon. The Osprey was also seen at Loch Druidibeg this afternoon.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen on Vatersay today.

Insects: 32 moths and 13 species were caught at Carnan last night including a Ghost Moth, 2 Straw Dots, a Spectacle and a Diamond-back Moth amongst others.

Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides Rose-coloured Starling, North Uist Rose-coloured Starling, Outer Hebrides  birds adult Glaucous Gull, Outer Hebrides
Rose-coloured Starling (Steve Duffield); Glaucous Gull (Joe Newman)

 

3rd July:

Lewis: 5 Rose-coloured Starlings were in Ness with 2 at Skigersta and 3 at Cross.

Benbecula: The Glaucous Gull was at Stinky Bay today.

South Uist: An Avocet was seen at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen on Vatersay today.

 

2nd July:

Lewis: 4 Rose-coloured Starlings are in Ness with 2 at Skigersta, 1 at Cross and 1 in South Dell.

South Uist: The Osprey was at Druidibeg this afternoon. The Spoonbill was at the south end of Loch Bee this evening.

Barra: 6 Crossbills were at Ardmhor today.

Ghiost Moth Ghost Moth (John Love)

 

1st July:

Lewis: 3 Rose-coloured Starlings are in Ness with 1 coming to a feeder at Cross and 2 in Skigersta. A Rose-coloured Starling was at Mangersta and has been present for several days.

North Uist: The Rose-coloured Starling was still in Carinish.

Insects: Moth trapping at North Loch Eynort last night produced a Scarce Silver Y, 4 Barred Red, 5 Light Emerald, 1 Northern Spinach, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Coxcomb Prominent, 13 Poplar Hawk-moths, 2 Pandemis cerasana and new for the Outer Hebrides Tinea semifulvella.

Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides Short-eared Owl, South Uist Short-eared Owl, Uist birds Short-eared Owl, Outer Hebrides birds
Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

Tinea semifulvella Scarce Silver-Y, Outer Hebrides moths Northern Spinach, Outer Hebrides moths Light Emerald, Outer Hebrides moths
Tinea semifulvella, Scarce Silver-Y, Northern Spinach and Light Emerald (John Kemp)