• 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

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  1. MisterT

    Askernish Sparrows - 2023

    The year did not start on a high with 2 members of the team undergoing major surgery which made me wonder what kind of year we would have. As it turned out, the spuggies had a bumper year, and we were only a thousand or so observations down in the early months of the year. 2023 turned out to be...
  2. MisterT

    Mega!!! North American Horned Lark, South Uist, 9th October 2014 by Ian Thompson

    North American Horned Lark, Askernish, South Uist, 9th October 2014 First accepted UK record Having been to Barra the previous day for the Scarlet Tanager with Bill Allan and dipped, it was back to normal. Normal for me here in Askernish, South Uist is a walk around my patch to watch and...
  3. Hawkeye

    North American Horned Lark added to the British List

    The British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee (BOURC) has added the the North American Horned Lark found at Askernish, South Uist on 9th October 2014 to the British List. In their press release the BOURC stated the following: North American’ Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris...
  4. YvonneB

    Patch Birding Yvonne's Patchwork Challenge 2019

    So, after being really busy and not taking part in this annual challenge at all last year (and being a total slacker in 2017) I thought i would give it another go this year - partly because i'm also taking part in the #walk1000miles challenge. I thought that the two challenges would go very well...
  5. Askernish Beach

    Askernish Beach

    Looking towards Barra from the dunes. Quite a few waders on the beach on this calm autumn afternoon.
  6. Greater Black-backed Gull

    Greater Black-backed Gull

    Greater Black-backed Gull, Askernish, South Uist. Nov 2017 © Ian Thompson
  7. Meadow Pipit

    Meadow Pipit

    Meadow Pipit, Askernish, South Uist October 2017 © Ian Thompson
  8. Grey Heron

    Grey Heron

    Grey Heron, Askernish, South Uist. October 2017 © ian Thompson
  9. Magpie


    Askernish, South Uist. A REAL local rarity!
  10. American Horned Lark

    American Horned Lark

    American Horned Lark, Askernish Beach, South Uist October 2014
  11. Gyr Falcon

    Gyr Falcon

    A great patch tick!
  12. Serin


    A first for the Outer Hebrides