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19th September:

North Uist: The Baird's Sandpiper is still at Loch Paible. A Long-billed Dowitcher was reported as heard in flight heading east over Grenitote and a Turtle Dove was on the machair there.

South Uist: A juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher and 9 Little Stints were at the south-west end of Loch Bee. 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and a Pectoral Sandpiper were on Bornish machair. 32 Brent Geese were at Stoneybridge. 18 Brent Geese were at Hebridean Jewellery. A Baird's Sandpiper was reported by the Howmore bridge before flying towards the beach this afternoon.

Barra: A Common Rosefinch and Pied Flycatcher were at Ardmhor this morning.

Baird's Sandpiper, North Uist Little Stints, Loch Paible Long-billed Dowitcher, Loch Bee
Baird's Sandpiper, Little Stints and Long-billed Dowitcher (Steve Duffield)

 

18th September:

Lewis: A Lapland Bunting was seen at Bosta, Great Bernera.

North Uist: The Baird's Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints were at Loch Paible.

South Uist: A Baird's Sandpiper was seen at Stoneybridge by the sea wall. 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 3 Ruff and 4 Barnacle Geese were on Bornish machair. 2 Ruff were at Howmore and 129 Black-tailed Godwits were on the river there. A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Kilpheder on the machair. A Little Stint was at Balgarva. A Little Stint was seen at Ardvule. A Common Rosefinch was at Askernish briefly.

Barra: A Barred Warbler was seen at Nask and Pied Flycatchers were at Morghan and Ardmhor.

Lapland Bunting Baird's Sandpiper Baird's Sandpiper Lapland Bunting (Emma Stobart); Baird's Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy)

 

17th September:

Lewis: 4 Black-tailed Godwits were at Steinish and 12 at Loch Braigh na h-Aodhe.

St. Kilda: A Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and 4 Lapland Buntings were on Hirta.

North Uist: The Baird's Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints were at Loch Paible. A Lesser Yellowlegs was reported from Blathaisbhal, 1.5 miles north-west of Lochmaddy. 5 Storm Petrels, 3 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Bonxies were seen from the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry.

South Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Ruff were on Bornish machair this evening. 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew south off Ardvule 11:30 - 12:00 and a Little Stint was in the south bay there. A Pectoral Sandpiper and 300+ Black-tailed Godwits were on Eochar machair. A brief Little Gull was at Hebridean Jewellery before flying north. 102 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore river. A Lesser Whitethroat was at North Loch Eynort.

Barra: A Pied Flycatcher was at Morghan.

 

16th September:

Lewis: 25 Black-tailed Godwits and 18 Knot were at Steinish. 6 Sooty Shearwaters, a Manx Shearwater and 2 Great Northern Divers flew east past the Butt this morning during a brief seawatch. A juvenile Sabine's Gull and 9 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry today.

North Uist: A Baird's Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints were at Loch Paible today.

South Uist: 4 Little Stints were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: A Long-tailed Skua and 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Brevig.

Marine Sightings: 10 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head today.

Baird's Sandpiper, Loch Paible Baird's Sandpiper, North Uist Baird's Sandpiper, Uist Little Stint, Outer Hebrides Little Stint, North Uist
Baird's Sandpiper and Little Stint (Ron Macdonald)

 

15th September:

Lewis: 28 Sooty Shearwaters flew west past the Butt during an hour watch late this afternoon.

North Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 29 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were at Balranald. 2 Little Stints are still at Loch Paible.

South Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Ruff and 40 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 2 Little Stints were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Stoneybridge and 6 pale-bellied Brents were at Kildonan. 5 Brent Geese were at Ardvule. 150 Black-tailed Godwits were at Howmore. A Ruff and 200 Black-tailed Godwits were on Eochar machair.

Barra: 2 Barred Warblers were seen (1 at Glen and the other at Creachan) as well as 2 Pied Flycatchers. A Hobby was seen in Northbay.

BUff-breasted Sandpiper, Balranald Little Stints, Loch Paible Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Little Stints (Alan Kennedy)

 

14th September:

Lewis: 4 Goosanders were at Timsgarry. 10 Black-tailed Godwits were at Steinish.

St. Kilda: The Snowy Owl and a Pectoral Sandpiper were on Hirta today. A juvenile Spotted Redshank was also on the island.

North Uist: A Firecrest was at Langass Lodge this afternoon. 2 Ruff were on Baleshare, 2 Ruff and 70+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Balranald; also a Lapland Bunting there. 2 Ruff were by Loch Sandary. 2 juvenile Little Stints were on Loch Paible.

South Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Eochar machair. 5 Brent Geese were at Hornish Point. 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and 2 Ruff were on Bornish machair. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Ormiclate. The Whinchat was still by the track to Grogarry Lodge. A female Goldeneye was on Loch Roag.

Barra: A Pied Flycatcher was at Ardmhor.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Merlin Short-eared Owl Pectoral Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Richard Somers Cocks); Merlin, Short-eared Owl and Pectoral Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy)

 

13th September:

Lewis: A Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler were at Aird Uig.

Benbecula: A Little Stint was in Stinky Bay.

South Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 Ruff and a handful of Black-tailed Godwits were amongst the Golden Plover on Bornish machair this afternoon. A Little Stint, 4 Pintail and 2 Scaup were seen on Loch Bee. 200+ Black-tailed Godwits and at least 5 Ruff were on Eochar machair. A Whinchat was along the track to Grogarry Lodge. 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Storm Petrels and 27 Bonxies were seen on the crossing between Mallaig and Lochboisdale today.

Barra: A Pied Flycatcher was in Ardmhor plantation.

Insects: A Canary-shouldered Thorn was seen at Carnan.

Marine Sightings: 14 Common Dolphins and 2 Harbour Porpoise were seen from the ferry between Mallaig and Lochboisdale. At least 2 Minke Whales were off Tiumpan Head this afternoon.

Pectoral Sandpipers Whinchat Pectoral Sandpipers (Steve Duffield); Whinchat (Alan Kennedy)

 

12th September:

Lewis: A Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were at Aird Uig.

North Uist: A Lesser Whitethroat was in Carinish this morning; also a Sedge Warbler in the same garden. 3 Whimbrel were at Aird an Runair and 70 Brent Geese flew south at 14:30.

South Uist: The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on Bornish machair this morning; also a Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Ruff there. 155 Black-tailed Godwits were on Drimsdale machair.

Barra: The male Red-backed Shrike was still along the road to the golf course, near Cleat today and a Pied Flycatcher was at Cuithir. A Booted Warbler was at Earsary this evening.

Red Admiral Poplar Hawkmolth caterpillar Buff-breasted Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper
Red Admiral and Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillar (Steve Duffield); Buf-breasted Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy)

 

11th September:

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint are still on Loch Paible.

South Uist: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and a Ruff were on Bornish machair. A Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints were at Ardvule. 5 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry this morning.

Barra: A Red-backed Shrike was seen at Cleat.

Marine Sightings: A Sunfish was seen just off Tiumpan Head late this afternoon and a breaching Minke Whale was off there this morning.

Little Stint Wheatear Little Stint (Alan Kennedy); Wheatear (Bob McMillan)

 

10th September:

Lewis: The Pectoral Sandpiper was still at Loch Barvas.

St. Kilda: The Snowy Owl was seen on Hirta and a Long-eared Owl was also in Village Bay.

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, a Pintail, Whimbel and 117 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Paible.

South Uist: The Pectoral Sandpiper was still at Ardvule.

Barra: A Common Rosefinch was seen at Garrygall.

Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper (John Kemp); Pectoral Sandpiper (Andrew Gouldstone)

 

9th September:

Lewis: A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen along the north ahore of Loch Barvas.

St. Kilda: A 1st winter Citrine Wagtail was on Hirta this morning.

North Uist: A Swift was at Balranald this morning; also 3 Brent Geese were there.

South Uist: A Pectoral Sandpiper a Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpipers were in the south bay at Ardvule. 2 Pectoral Sandpipers were on Bornish machair. 19 Brent Geees were at Howmore and 79 Black-tailed Godwits were on the river there.

Little Stint Pectoral Sandpiper Little Stint and Pectoral Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy)

 

8th September:

North Uist: A Curlew Sandpiper was on Baleshare beach near the carpark.

South Uist: 103 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Range. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Ardvule.

Insects: 272 moths and 28 species were trapped in Carinish last night including Small Autumnal Moth, Scotch Annulet, Hedge Rustic, a Garden Carpet, Purple Clay and Epinotia trigonella. A Canary-shouldered Thorn was seen at Carnan last night.

Small Autumnal Moth, Outer Hebrides Epinotia trigonella Curlew Sandpiper
Small Autumnal Moth and Epinotia trigonella (Steve Duffield); Curlew Sandpiper (Alan Kennedy)

 

7th September:

North Uist: 10 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were on Baleshare this afternoon.

South Uist: 57 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore River. 14 Black-tailed Godwits are in the south-west corner of Loch Bee and 50 are on the Range. A Great Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Storm Petrels, 2 Arctic Skuas, a Bonxie, 298 Gannets, 126 Manx Shearwaters, 17 Fulmars, 14 Red-throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver flew south off Ardvule this morning. A Ruff was at Ardvule - in the north bay.

Great Shearwater, Ardvule Sooty Shearwater Great Shearwater and Sooty Shearwater (John Kemp)

 

6th September:

Lewis: A Fea's / Desertas Petrel flew past Gallan Head this morning; also 9 Sooty Shearwaters and 8 Storm Petrels past there.

South Uist: 22 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Range at Eochar and 54 were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. 60+ Black-tailed Godwits dropped in on the Howmore River this evening.

Marine Sightings: 5 Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head this morning.

 

5th September:

S. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl was around the village on Hirta.

North Uist: A pale-bellied Brent Goose was on Loch Paible this morning.

South Uist: 54 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Howmore River this morning.

 

4th September:

Lochmaddy - Uig: A Long-tailed Skua was seen from the ferry today.

South Uist: 4 Great Northern Divers, 8 Red-throated Divers and 1 Great Skua flew south at Ardvule this morning; also a Whimbrel and single Black-tailed Godwit were present.

Barra: 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Brevig this afternoon.

Insects: 714 moths / 30 species were trapped in Carinish last night including 287 Rosy Rustics, a Chestnut-coloured Carpet, A Red-line Quaker and a Silver Y amongst others.

Marine Sightings: 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Ardvule this morning. An Ocean Sunfish, Minke Whale and 5 Risso's Dolphins were seen off Tiumpan Head today.

Rock Pipit, Outer Hebrides Bottle-nosed Dolphin Chestnut-coloured Carpet, Outer Hebrides moths Red-line Quaker
Rock Pipit and Bottle-nosed Dolphin (John Kemp); Chestnut-coloured Carpet and Red-line Quaker (Steve Duffield)

 

3rd September:

Lewis: 5 Sooty Shearwaters flew south past Gallan Head between 11:00 - 14:00.

St. Kilda: A Redstart was seen on Hirta.

North Uist: A Leach's Petrel and 10 Storm Petrels were seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this morning. 4 Common Scoter flew north at Balranald; also 70 Black-tailed Godwits there. 50 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch na Reivil, Hougharry. A Pink-footed Goose was on Loch Mor, Baleshare.

juvenile Corn Bunting, North Uist juvenile Short-eared Owl Golden Eagle, North Uist Golden Eagle, Outer Hebrides
Corn Bunting, Short-eared Owl and Golden Eagle with Raven (Steve Duffield)

 

2nd September:

Lewis: A Common Rosefinch was at Bragar at 17:30 by the picnic tables at Loch Ordais.

North Uist: 90+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Balranald. 5 Pintail flew south at Kyles Paible this afternoon.

Barra: The Barred Warbler was at Nask again today and a Reed Warbler was at Glen.

Insects: 510 moths of 31 species were trapped in South Glendale last night and included 1 Sallow, 1 Angle Shades, 61 Chevron, 1 Treble-bar, 1 Small Autumnal Moth, 1 Lunar Underwing, 4 Anomalous, 1 Red-green Carpet and a few micros 1 Epinotia immundana, 1 Epinotia caprana, 5 Acleris effractana and a Eudonia angustea.

Marine Sightings: A pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Borve, Benbecula this evening.

Lunar Underwing, Outer Hebrides Sallow, Outer Hebrides moths Small Autumnal Moth, Outer Hebrides moths Common Rosefinch, Lewis Common Rosefinch, Outer Hebrides
Lunar Underwing, Sallow and Small Autumnal Moth (John Kemp); Common Rosefinch (Mark Warren)

 

1st September:

St. Kilda: The female Snowy Owl is still on Hirta.

Marine Sightings: 7 Risso's Dolphins were off Tiumpan Head this morning.

mouting Corn Bunting Otter, Uist, Outer Hebrides Corn Bunting and Otter (Steve Duffield)