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14th November:

South Uist: 14 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule. 2 Siskins and a Common Redpoll were in South Glendale. The drake Green-winged Teal was seen at the north end of Loch Bee again this morning.

Barra: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were seen on the island today. 10 Fieldfares and a Chiffchaff were at Glen. The Ring-necked Duck and 34 Whooper Swans were at Loch Tangasdale. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay.

Common Redpoll Common Redpoll, Outer Hebrides Common Redpoll (John Kemp)

 

13th November:

North Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Chiffchaff were by Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 7 Common Scoters flew north at Ardvule; also a Pink-footed Goose and 21 Black-tailed Godwits present. A female Blackcap and 2 Siskins were in South Glendale. A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: A Siberian Chiffchaff, a Chiffchaff and a Long-tailed Tit were at Glen. A Tree Sparrow was at Brevig. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay.

Common Scoters, Outer Hebrides Common Scoters (John Kemp)

 

12th November:

Lewis: 5 Waxwings were seen on Stewart Drive, Stornoway today.

North Uist: 2 Two-barred Crossbills were seen at Langass Wood along with a Waxwing and a Brambling. 30 Snow Buntings were seen on the beach at Balranald.

South Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was seen at the north end of Loch Bee. A 1st cal yr Glaucous Gull flew north at Ardvule; also 11 Black-tailed Godwits there. A Waxwing was seen in Askernish. A Waxwing and female Blackcap were in South Glendale.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was on Loch Tangasdale. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Northbay. 2 Waxwings, a Blackcap and 2 Woodcocks were at Creachan. 2 Velvet Scoters were off Caolas, Vatersay.

Waxwing Waxwing (John Kemp)

 

11th November:

South Uist: 4 Waxwings and a female Blackcap were in South Glendale today. A Great Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning and a Black-tailed Godwit was present. 3 Pintails were on Loch Bornish.

Great Skua Pintail, Outer Hebrides Great Skua and Pintail (John Kemp)

 

10th November:

North Uist: 14 Snow Buntings were at Balranald. A Glaucous Gull was seen at Loch Sandary.

South Uist: 4 Wawxings and a female Blackcap are in South Glendale. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar.

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck is on Loch Tangasdale. A Lapland Bunting and 2 Velvet Scoters were at Vatersay. 2 Tree Sparrows were at Brevig. 3 Blackcaps were at Northbay. A Brambling was at Castlebay.

Waxwing, Outer Hebrides Waxwing (John Kemp)

 

9th November:

Harris: 3 Snow Buntings were at Miavaig.

North Uist: 80+ Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair today.

South Uist: 4 Waxwings, 2 female Blackaps and a Siskin were at Ardvule. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar.

Barra: 2 Velvet Svoters were off Caolos, Vatersay today. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew past Scurrival. 2 Tree Sparrows were at Brevig. A 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull was at Traigh Mhor.

 

8th November:

Lewis: 8 Waxwings were in Stewart Drive, Stornoway.

North Uist: 150 Snow Buntings were at Aird an Runair and a Swallow was over the beach.

South Uist: A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardvule. 2 female Blackcaps and 4 Waxwings were in South Glendale. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was at Ardivachar. 6 Scaup were on Loch Bee. A Black-tailed Godwit was at LA2. A Brambling and Common Redpoll were at Bornish. 7 Common Redpolls and 3 Siskins were at Snishival. A male Blackcap, 9 Fieldfares and 5 Pink-footed Geese were at Askenrish.

juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper Waxwing
White-rumped Sandpiper, Waxwing and Waxwing with Blackcap (John Kemp)

 

6th November:

Harris: A Snow Bunting was seen at Aird Asaig near Tarbet.

North Uist: 3 Waxwings were seen at Langass Woods along with 25 Siskins.

South Uist: 2 Snow Buntings were on Eriskay by the causeway.

Barra: 36 Black-throated Divers were seen in the Sound of Barra. A Waxwing was briefly at Morghan this afternoon. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale. The 2nd cal yr Iceland Gull flew east over Tangasdale. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Ardmhor.

Greenshank Greenshank (John Kemp)

 

5th November:

Harris: A Brambling was at Huisinis.

North Uist: A Snow Bunting flew over Carinish this morning. The juvenile American Golden Plover was seen at Balemartin today. 8 Crossbills were seen at Ben Risary plantation.

South Uist: 3 White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivachar. A Brambling was in Bornish. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.

Barra: The Brown Shrike was still at Morghan today. Single Waxwings were at Creachan and Nasg. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Garrygall. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale and 6 Snow Buntings flew over Morghan.

Otter, Outer Hebrides Otter (Steve Duffield)

 

4th November:

Harris: 2 Snow Buntings were seen at Miavaig.

North Uist: A juvenile American Golden Plover was seen at Hosta around midday. A female Blackcap was at Sollas.

South Uist: 28 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule. 3 Blackcaps (a male and 2 female) were in South Glendale.

Barra: A Brown Shrike was seen at Morghan today; also a Waxwing and Siskin present briefly.

Insects: A Brindle Ochre was caught in South Glendale last night.

Brindled Ochre juvenile American Golden Plover, Outer Hebrides juvenile Amercan Golden Plover Brindled Ochre (John Kemp); American Golden Plover (Roger Auger)

 

3rd November:

North UIst: 6 Feildfares flew south at Langass Lodge this morning. 15 Black-tailed Godwits and a Coot were at Loch Sandary. 4 Long-tailed Tits are still in Carinish. 3 Two-barred Crossbills were reported from Langass Wood today; also 40 Siskins, 2 Bramblings and 20 Fieldfare mid-morning.

South Uist: 2 juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers were at Ardivchar today. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale. 34 Black-tailed Godwits were at Ardvule this morning. A Siberian Chiffchaff and 15 Sikins were at Snishival. 5 Siskins and a Brambling were at Bornish.

Barra: A shirke species was seen at Eoligarry this morning; also a Siberian Chiffchaff was present. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Castlebay and 2 Waxwings flew east there this morning. Several Bramblingsm 2 Blackcaps and 25 Feildfare were at Creachan. A Swallow was at Brevig at dusk. The Ring-necked Duck was at Tangasdale. An Iceland Gull was at Craigston. The Great Tit was at Northbay along with a Blackcap and 4 Siskins.

White-rumped Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper (John Kemp)

 

2nd November:

Barra: The Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale. 64 Fieldfares and a Brambling were at Brevig, while 5 Siskins, another Brambling and 2 Blackcaps were at Creachan. 59 Black-throated Divers were off the east side of Vatersay this afternoon. Also a late Whimbrel, a Woodcock and a Fieldfare on the headland there and 4 Pink-footed Geese on the roadside at Caolas.

South Uist: The Lesser Yellowlegs and 3 White-rumped Sandpipers were are at Ardivachar today. A juvenile Iceland Gull was at LA2. 3 Bramblings, a Chiffchaff and a Woodcock were at Bornish.

 

1st November:

Lewis: 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs were at South Dell. 10 Snow Buntings were at the Butt this morning.

North Uist: 4 Long-tailed Tits and a Woodcock were in Carinish this morning.

Marine Sightings: 4 common Dolphins were seen in the Minch between Stornoway and Ullapool today.

Long-tailed Tit, Outer Hebrides Long-tailed Tit Siberian Chiffchaff Long-tailed Tits (Steve Duffield); Siberian Chiffchaff (Andy Williams)