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17th April:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff was in Carinish this evening.

South Uist: 46 Gannets, 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 55 Kittiwakes, 77 Puffins, 2 Great Skuas and 2 Common Scoters flew north at Ardvule this morning. Birds flying south included 24 Gannets, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Razorbills, 13 Puffins and 17 Kittiwakes. A Sandwich Tern also flew south there later in the morning and 3 Whimbrel were present. 45 Black-tailed Godwits and a pair of Pintail were on Bornish machair whilst around 10 Sand Martins and a Swallow were hawking along the dune edge. Around 30 Black-tailed Godwits were at Stoneybridge. At least 7 Common Redpolls were at North Loch Eynort. 2 Blackcaps were in South Glendale.


16th April:

Lewis: 17 Pink-footed Geese and 278 Long-tailed Ducks were on Loch Branahuie this morning.

North Uist: Willow Warblers were seen in Carinish and at Langass.

South Uist: Birds flying south at Ardvule included 29 Gannets, 4 Red-throated Divers, 3 Long-tailed Ducks 1 Great Skua, 2 Kittiwakes, 4 Razorbills and 9 Black-tailed Godwits  while 2 Fulmars flew north. 2 Pintail and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 2 Siskin were in South Glendale.

Barra: A Sandwich Tern was seen at Eoligarry. A Common Sandpiper was in Northbay. The Great Tit and a Siskin were at Creachan.

Black-tailed Godwits Fulmar, Outer Hebrides Black-tailed Godwits and Fulmar (John Kemp)


15th April:

Lewis: A Jackdaw was seen in Lionel today. 17 Pink-footed Geese and 80 Long-tailed Ducks were at Loch Branahuie.

North Uist: A Canada Goose was seen in Carinish. A Chiffchaff was in Lochmaddy.

South Uist: A drake Green-winged Teal was on the Howmore River. At least 4 Willow Warblers were singing at North Loch Eynort. A 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull was on the shore at Stoneybridge and a Swallow was seen nearby. 9 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel were on Bornish machair. A pair of Pintail were on Loch Ardvule; also 3 Whimbrel in the area. Around 40 Black-tailed Godwits were at the north end of Loch Bee this morning. 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were in North Bay. A Common Redpoll, 3 Siskins and 20 Goldfinch were in South Glendale.


14th April:

North Uist: A Chiffchaff was in Carinish today. 12 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch na Paisg, Baleshare.

South Uist: A Common Redpoll, Siskin and Blackcap are in South Glendale.

Buzzard Common Redpoll, South Uist male Siskin, Outer Hebrides
Buzzard (Steve Duffield); Common Redpoll and Siskin (John Kemp)


13th April:

Harris: Several Redwings were at Ghobaig.

North Uist: A Canada Goose was on Vallay Strand. A Swallow was at Backhill, Berneray this afternoon.

Canada Goose Canada Goose (James Macletchie)


12th April:

North Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits were at Aird an Runair. At least 7 Sand Martins were at Loch na Reivil, Hougharry. A Lapland Bunting was amongst the Twite on the machair at Balranald.

South Uist: 100 Black-tailed Godwits were at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Barra: The Great Tit was seen at Ceachan again today.

Marine Sightings: 10 Risso's Dolphins were seen in the Minch off the Shiants.

Red-throated Diver Red-throated Diver, Outer Hebrides Red-throated Diver (Steve Duffield)


11th April:

South Uist: 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Pintail were on Bornish machair. 4 Sand Martins were at Ardvule. 2 Common Redpolls were in South Glendale.

Insects: 7 Hebrew Characters and 1 Clouded Drab were trapped at Carnan last night.

Common Redpoll Goldfinch Sand Martin Common Redpoll, Goldfinch and Sand Martin (John Kemp)


10th April:

Lewis: A male Black Redstart was seen at Fivepenny this afternoon. 150+ Pink-footed Geese flew south over Breasclete at 1:40 pm.

North Uist: 1,000 Barnacle Geese, 2 Brent Geese and 17 Pink-footed Geese were at Loch Grogarry. At least 4,000 Barnacle Geese were at Balranald and a Jackdaw was seen at Aird an Runair.

Barra: A Great Tit was at Creachan and a Treecreeper in Northbay. The Canada Goose was still at Borve with 85 Barnacle Geese.

Insects: 10 Early Tooth-striped, 1 Double-striped Pug, 17 Clouded Drab, 66 Hebrew Character, 39 Red Chestnut, 2 Agonopterix yeatiana, 1 Caloptilia betulicola and 2 Acleris hyemana were caught at Druidibeg plantation last night.

Black Redstart, Ness Caloptilia betulicola Double-striped Pug
Black Redstart (Shona Morrison); Caloptilia betulicola and Double-striped Pug (John Kemp)


9th April:

Lewis: The juvenile Glaucous Gull was east of Branahuie again this morning. 200+ Pink-footed Geese flew towards Ness over Breasclete at 10:45 am followed by many more heard at 2 pm.

Harris: 50 Pink-footed Geese flew up Glen Meavaig this morning.

Benbecula: A drake Scaup was on Coot Loch.

South Uist: Birds north at Ardvule this morning were 379 Barnacle Geese and 7 Whooper Swans. Also present were 5 Black-tailed Godwits. On Bornish machair 2 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Pintail. A small flock of Pink-footed Geese were heard heading north at South Glendale before light whilst 3 Siskins were in the garden there. A Chiffchaff and Blackcap were seen in Bornish. 170 Barnacle Geese and 70 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Bornish around lunchtime.

Barra: 173 Great Northern Diver and 6 Black-throated Divers were off the east side of Vatersay.

Insects: 48 Hebrew Characters, 2 Powdered Quaker, 3 Early Grey, 5 Red Chestnut and 2 Dark Sword-grass as well as 5 Acleris hyemana were caught in South Glendale last night. A Peacock butterfly was also seen in South Glendale today. A Red Admiral was seen in Bornish.

Great Northern Diver Skylark Powdered Quaker Great Northern Diver. Skylark and Powdered Quaker (John Kemp)


8th April:

Lewis: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the Braighe, Stornoway. A Hawfinch was seen at Carishader in the morning.

North Uist: The Hawfinch is still at Balemore. At least 4,000 Barnacle Geese were recorded in the Balranald area; also 4 Wheatears and a couple of White Wagtails.

South Uist: Birds north at Ardvule this morning included 622 Barnacle Geese, 22 Whooper Swans and 1 Great Skua while a Great Northern Diver flew south. Also present were 4 Pintail, a juvenile Glaucous Gull and a White Wagtail. Also a Pink-footed Goose on Bornish machair.

Great Skua Pintail Great Skua and Pintail (John Kemp)


7th April:

North Uist: A Brambling was seen at Langass.

Benbecula: The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on Coot Loch; also 22 Gadwall there. A drake Pintail was on Loch Fada.

South Uist: 12 Black-tailed Gowits and 4 Pintail were on Bornish machair. A Little Egret was seen heading north at Loch Druidibeg, Stilligarry. 35 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the Range. 3 Pintail were seen at Loch Tornish. A Sand Martin flew north at Howmore.

Skylark Skylark (John Kemp)


6th April:

North Uist: A Kumlien's Gull was seen at Balranald. 2 White Wagtails were along the shore at Balranald and 13 Greenland White-fronted Geese were present.

South Uist: 895 Barnacle Geese flew north at Ardvule this morning. 120 Pink-footed Geese came in off the sea at Ardivachar at 11:30 before continuing north. 25 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch an t'Saile and another 2 were on the Range with 800 Golden Plover. The Blackcap is still at Carnan.

Insects: 3 Early Grey, 7 Red Chestnut, 86 Hebrew Character, 6 Dark Sword-grass and an Acleris hyemana were caught in South Glendale last night. At North Loch Eynort 4 Early Tooth-striped (earliest by 5 days), 1 Brown Silver-line (earliest by 12 days), 51 Hebrew Character, 2 Red Chestnut, 8 Clouded Drab, 6 Early Grey, 6 Dark Sword-grass and 6 Agonopterix ocellana were caught.

Agonopterix ocellana Brown Silver-line Early Tooth-striped
Agonopterix ocellana, Brown Silver-line and Early Tooth-striped (John Kemp)


5th April:

Lewis: 100's of Pink-footed Geese were seen heading north-west over the Butt of Lewis today; also 100's of Redwings still around Ness.

Harris: 8 Wheatears and several Redwings were in Glen Meavaig.

North Uist: The Hawfinch was still in Balemore today along with a Chiffchaff. 60+ Pink-footed Geese dropped in at Balranald late morning. An adult Kumlien's Gull was at Balranald. A drake Green-winged Teal is still on Loch Sandary; also 2 Black-tailed Godwits were present.

Barra: 90 Pink-footed Geese flew north over the island this morning. The Great Tit is still at Creachan.


4th April:

Lewis: 30 Barnacle Geese and a blue Fulmar were seen at Tiumpan Head today.

Harris: 30 Redwings were at Luskentyre.

North Uist: A Hawfinch was seen in Balemore this evening. An Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull were at Rubh' Arnal.

South Uist: 3 Black-tailed Godwits were on Bornish machair. 3 Goldcrests were in South Glendale. The Blackcap is still in Carnan.

Barra: The Canada Goose was still at Borve. The Great Tit is still at Creachan. 3 flocks of Barnacle Geese totalling 223 birds and a flock of 23 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew north-west over Brevig this evening.


3rd April:

Harris: 2 Wheatears were at Miavaig, North Harris today.

South Uist: Movement off Ardvule today included 84 Fulmars and 47 Gannets south whilst 62 Gannets flew north.

Barra: The Canada Goose was still at Borve whilst a couple of Pink-footed Geese were grounded in the strong northerly winds today. A House Martin was at Brevig.


2nd April:

Lewis: 1,500 - 2,000 Redwings were in Ness this afternoon. 2 Wheatears were seen at the Butt whilst good numbers of Pink-footed Geese were arriving.

North Uist: A new Cackling Goose was at Balranald with Barnacle Geese. 50 Greenland White-fronted Geese dropped in at Loch nam Feithean from the north in the morning. The Canada and Cackling Goose were at Kyles Paible. A Wheatear was seen near Black Point, Grimsay. The drake Green-winged Teal was on Loch Sandary. 4 Wheatears were at Aird an Runair. An adult Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (and adult and juvenile) were at Rubh' Arnal.

Benbecula: The drake Ring-necked Duck and 17 Black-tailed Gowits were at Coot Loch. 5 Greenland White-fronted Geese were opposite the golf course. Several Wheatears were on the east side of the island. A Wood Pigeon was seen at Gramsdale this afternoon.

South Uist: The male Blackap is still at Carnan.

Barra: The Great Tit was at Creachan. The juvenile Iceland Gull was at Borve. A House Martin flew south at Brevig and a few Chiffchaffs were on the island.

juvenile Golden Eagle Cackling Goose Golden Eagle (John Kemp); Cackling Goose (Steve Duffield)

1st April:

Lewis: 400+ Pink-footed Geese were by Loch Stiapabhat. 250 Redwings were at Barvas.

North Uist: At least 70 Redwings were in Carinish. The drake American Wigeon was on Loch an Sticir. 9 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Clachan Sands and 35 were seen at Cletterval. 80 Redwings were at Malaclate whilst 160 were seen at Griminish. 2 Great Skuas flew north off Aird an Runair.

Benbecula: The drake Ring-necked Duck and 22 Black-tailed Godwits were at Coot Loch this afternoon.

South Uist: A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen at Askernish.

Barra: The Canada Goose was still at Borve along with a juvenile Iceland Gull.

drake Ring-necked Duck pale-bellied Brent Goose Ring-necked Duck (Steve Duffield); Brent Goose (John Kemp)