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23rd July:

Black Darter Black Darter (Andy Williams)

 

22nd July:

North Uist: An immature Iceland Gull was at Loch Sandary this afternoon.

South Uist: A Crane was seen flying east over Carnan early this afternoon.

Insects: 215 moths were caught on Eriskay last night which included 9 Rustic, 1 Northern Rustic, 3 Scotch Annulet, 1 Brown China-mark, 2 Pyrausta despicata, 10 Grass Rivulet, 1 Barred Rivulet, Small fan-footed Wave, 1 Agapeta hamana, 4 Cnephasia conspersana.

Barred Rivulet Brown China Mark Barred Rivulet and Brown China-mark (John Kemp)

 

21st July:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl and Rose-coloured Starling were seen on Hirta today

North Uist: A Sandwich Tern was off Rushgarry, Berneray.

South Uist: An immature Glaucous Gull was seen at Orosay.

Marine Sightings: A few Harbour Porpoise were in the Sound of Harris (as seen from Berneray). 20 Harbour Porpoise, 20 Common Dolphins and 2 Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head.

Antler moth, Lewis Emerald Damselfly, Lewis Antler and Emerald Damselfly (Andy Williams)

 

20th July:

St. Kilda: A Rose-coloured Starling was in Hirta.

Benbecula: 3 Sandwich Terns flew north past Stinky Bay this evening.

South Uist: An Avocet was on the Howmore River.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was at Borve.

Insects: At North Loch Eynort 176 moth of 43 species were trapped and included 32 Light Emerald, 6 Barred Red, 2 Riband Wave, 4 Scallop Shell, 1 Common Lutestring, 1 Iron Prominent, 4 Coxcomb Prominent, 9 Pinion-streaked Snout, 11 Pandemis cerasana and 2 Tinea semifulvella.

Marine Sightings: At least 12 Minke Whales (within 10 nm of Stornoway), a probable Humpback Whale (4nm north of ferry route adn off Aird Point) and 50 Common Dolphins were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry today. In South Glendale 622 True Lover's Knots, 2 Treble-bar, 20 Small Rivulets, 20 Straw Dot, 2 Rustic, 1 Pinion -streaked Snout, 3 Eudonia pallida, single Gillmeria pallidactyla and Platyptilia  isodactylusMatilella fusca, Eana penziana and Eana osseana were caught.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Lewis Common Dolphin, Lewis Minke Whale, Lewis Minke Whale, Lewis
Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Common Dolphin and Mink Whales (Andy Williams)

 

19th July:

Marine Sightings: A couple of Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise and both Common and Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

18th July:

Marine Sightings: 4 Minke Whales, 3 Risso's Dolphins and a few Harbour Porpoise were off Tiumpan Head today.

 

17th July:

North Uist: An immature Glaucous Gull was on Baleshare this morning.

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was at Borve this evening although mobile.

Marine Sightings: 5 Minke Whales and 12 Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

 

16th July:

Lewis: The Quail is still calling by Loch Stiapabhat and 2 Swifts were in the area.

South Uist: 8 Black-tailed Godwits were at the south-west end of Loch Bee this afternoon.

Insects: 4 Barred Red, 2 Northern Spinach and Clepsis spectrana were seen at Langass Wood last night.

Northern Spinach Northern Spinach (John Kemp)

 

15th July:

At sea: A Wilson's Petrel was seen 42 miles north of St. Kilda

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is still at Borve (for its 3rd day).

 

14th July:

North Uist: An immature Glaucous Gull is at Port Scolpaig, Balranald.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was at Borve.

 

13th July:

North Uist: 2 Whimbrel were at Aird an Runair.

South Uist: a Sandwich Tern was seen at Ardivachar this afteroon.

Marine Sightings: A Basking Shark was seen to the east of the Braighe, Stornoway this morning.

Corncrake North Uist Corncrake (Steve Duffield)

 

12th July:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was seen in Village Bay, Hirta today,

North Uist: 2 Pintails were seen on Loch Bhrusda, Berneray today.

At sea: A Long-tailed Skua and 4 Sooty Shearwaters were seen 59 miles west of Barra.

immature Golden Eagle, North Uist Golden Eagle (Steve Duffield)

 

11th July:

North Uist: 2 Quail were calling at Balranald in the evening near the campsite.

Benbecula: A Hobby was reported from Carnan ard Wiay.

Golden Eagle, North Uist Short-eared Owl, North Uist Golden Eagle and Short-eared Owl (Steve Duffield)

 

10th July:

North Uist: An immature Glaucous Gull was on Loch Paible early afternoon. A Quail was heard calling from Balranald near the campsite this evening.

South Uist: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at the south end of Loch Bee this afternoon.

Insects: 40 moths and 19 species were trapped at Carnan last night including a Mottled Beauty, a Grass Rivulet, 5 Straw Dot and 2 Double Lobed amongst others. A Dark Green Fritillary was at Claddach Baleshare today. Dark Green Firtillaries were also seen at the south end of Loch Bee and several at Howmore.

Marine Sightings: 3 Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

9th July:

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling flew north over Brevig this afternoon.

Marine Sightings: 20 - 25 Common Dolphins, 8 Risso's Dolphins, 2 small groups of White-beaked Dolphins and 2 Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head. 2 Harbour Porpoise were seen from the ferry in the Sound of Harris.

Insects: 152 Pretty Pinion, 31 Lime-speck Pug, 10 Archer’s Dart, 1 Grass Rivulet, 1 Barred Rivulet, 9 Middle-barred Minor, 1 Map-winged Swift, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Anerastia lotella, 6 Gynnidomorpha permixtana, 3 Phycitodes saxicola, 1 Celypha striana, 1 Celypha cespitana and 10 Crambus perlella were caught on Daliburgh machair last night.

 Anerastia lotella Phycitodes saxicola Anerastia lotella and Phycitodes saxicola (John Kemp)

 

8th July:

Lewis: The Quail was still calling from near the hide at Loch Stiapabhat.

North Uist: A Quail was heard caling at Clachan Sands.

South Uist: A Rose-coloured Starling was by the cemetery at Daliburgh by Loch Hallan.

Marine Sightings: A Basking Shark, 12 Common Dolphins and 2 Harbour Porposie were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

7th July:

Insects: A Scallop Shell was trapped at Loch Eynort last night.

Marine Sightings: 3 small groups of White-beaked Dolphins and a pod of Common Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head.

Scallop Shell Scallop Shell (John Kemp)

 

6th July:

North Uist: A Tree Sparrow and a Chiffchaff were at Callerish House; also 24 Black-tailed Godwits were resting on a loch nearby.

 

5th July:

Insects: 397 moths annd 49 species were trapped in Carinish last night including 4 Small Rivulet, 45 Buff Ermine, a Buff-tip, 3 Straw Dot, a Lempke's Gold Spot and a Notocelia uddmaniana (Bramble Shoot Moth) amongst others.

Buff-tip moth Straw Dot Notocelia uddmaniana Buff-tip, Straw Dot and Notocelia uddmaniana (Steve Duffield)

 

4th July:

Lewis: The Quail was heard calling from near the hide at Loch Stiapabhat again this morning.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was in Brevig.

Marine Sightings: White-beaked Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and a couple of Minke Whales were seen off Tiumpan Head today. 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen off Brevig.

 

3rd July:

Lewis: The Quail was still caliing from close to the hide at Loch Stiapabhat today.

Barra: A Rose-coloured Starling was on Vatersay.

Marine Sightings: At least 4 Minke Whales and 12 Risso's Dolphins were off the Butt of Lewis this morning.

Insects: 134 moths and 31 species of moths were trapped at Carnan last night including 8 Buff Ermine, 7 Common White Wave, 8 Light Emerald, 3 Poplar Hawkmoths and a Shark amongst others.

Greenshank Red-necked Phalarope, Lewis Greenshank and Red-necked Phalarope (Steve Duffield)

 

2nd July:

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling is on the machair between Eoligarry jetty and the airport.

Marine Sightings: At least 40 White-beaked Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning with 30 - 40 Common Dolphins off there later in the afternoon. Risso's Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Bottle-nosed Dolphins, 3 Minke Whales, Habrour Porpoise and a Basking Shark were seen off Brevig, Barra this evening.

 

1st July:

Barra: The Rose-coloured Starling was still present at Eoligarry, at Traigh Mhor this morning.