Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).
When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop
All the latest Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings and information will be listed here - please log in or register if you would like to add your own. Alternatively you may email your sightings and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 01851 741250. All sightings will also be forwarded to the County Bird Recorder Thank you!
Reports by finders of some of the rare birds that have occurred on our islands
News and maps of colour ringed birds and ringing recoveries.
Need help finding the details of a colour ringed bird? Post here or send the details/photographs to email@example.com and we will endeavour to progress it on your behalf.
Alternatively post your own sightings