• 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 such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
  • 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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    National Rarity 6th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Grenitote, North Uist 7 Snow Buntings, 96 Knot and 80 Grey Plover there today. Clachan Sands, North Uist One Great Skua was there this evening Loch Sandary, North Uist ***Cackling Goose*** on...
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    National Rarity 30th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Vallay, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was still there today, at the west end of the island Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were again at Aird an Runair early afternoon and 2 Snow...
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    National Rarity 28th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. A *White-billed Diver* was nearby at Skigersta Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 5 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in...
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    National Rarity 20th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen today for the fist time this year Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and the drake *Ring-necked Duck* were again on the...
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    National Rarity 14th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there today Balivanich, Benbecula The juvenile Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach Coot Loch, Benbecula The drake...
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    National Rarity 5th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch nam Feithean, North Uist 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were with Barnacles on the south side of the loch Loch Sandary, North Uist Another ***Cackling Goose*** was there this afternoon Culla Bay...
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    National Rarity 22nd February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd February 2022. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist An immature Iceland Gull was there today. The drake *Green-winged Teal* was nearby at Loch Grogary Sollas, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was still on the machair...
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    Local Rarity 17th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th February 2022. Updated throughout the day. Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 3rd-winter Iceland Gull is still in the harbour area. A Little Grebe was at...
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    National Rarity 16th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Scarista, Isle of Harris A single Common Scoter was offshore this morning Balranald, North Uist A single ***Cackling Goose*** was with Barnacle Geese near Balranald House and another 2 were...
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    National Rarity 11th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Clisham, Isle of Harris A single Snow Bunting was seen on Uisgnaebhal this morning Coot Loch, Benbecula The female ***Lesser Scaup*** was still there this morning Clachan, South Uist 2 of...
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    National Rarity 10th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were by the campsite and the drake *Green-winged Teal* was on Loch nam Feithean late morning Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A 2nd-winter Glaucous...
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    Local Rarity 7th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Iceland Gulls (third-winter + juvenile) were by the coastguard station early afternoon Bunavoaeder, Isle of Harris The adult Glaucous Gull was there again this...
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    Local Rarity 31st January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st January 2022. Updated throughout the day Carinish, North Uist A Jack Snipe was there today Clachan, South Uist 2 Little Egrets were there again this morning but very mobile. 2 Fieldfares were on the wires early morning Craigston...
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    Local Rarity 30th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake * Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Crossbills were seen in the castle grounds today Carinish, North Uist A...
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    National Rarity 22nd January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An Iceland Gull was seen there early afternoon Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A...
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    National Rarity 20th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Brambling and Siskin are still visiting a garden there Sollas, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was seen there again today. A Pink-footed Goose was also in the area and...
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    National Rarity 17th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th January 2022. Updated throghout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Iceland Gull was was in the harbour area again today Balranald, North Uist The pair of ***Cackling Geese*** were by Loch Scarie and the drake...
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    Local Rarity 7th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist An adult and 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were seen there this afternoon Askernish, South Uist A Fieldfare was there today Bruernish, Barra The *Glossy Ibis* is there again...
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    National Rarity 5th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Steinish, Isle of Lewis 3 Fieldfares were there today Newtonferry, North Uist A Little Egret was there this afternoon Grenitote, North Uist A *Snow Goose* was seen there today Balranald...
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    National Rarity 1st January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today in the company of 13 Tufted Duck Coot Loch, Benbecula 2 drake Pintails were seen on the loch. 10 Gannets...
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