• 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

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  1. Hawkeye

    4th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A pair of Pintail were seen on the loch plus 400 Pink-feet were resting on Fivepenny machair Sands of Tong, Isle of Lewis 2 Goosanders and a Whimbrel were there...
  2. Hawkeye

    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...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th November 2021

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th November 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A Goosander, Gadwall, a Hen Harrier and a Jack Snipe were seen there today. 190 Shag were at the mouth of the bay Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An immature Glaucous...
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    Local Rarity 11th November 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th November 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 11+ Sooty Shearwaters were seen offshore this morning. 2 Snow Buntings were also in the area Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis Two drake *Ring-necked Ducks* and 4 Scaup were seen...
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    Jack Snipe

    Jack Snipe, Barra 2021 (C) Ian Ricketts
  6. Hawkeye

    4th February 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th February 2021. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist A Jack Snipe was in a roadside ditch the island today
  7. YvonneB

    31st January 2021

    Big Garden Birdwatch for an hour this morning, all the usual birds immediately made themselves scarce of course :D but there were 8 Blackbirds at one point and plenty of our colour-ringed House Sparrows, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Wren and Robin. A Redwing very briefly stopped in and a Buzzard sent...
  8. Hawkeye

    30th November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th November 2020. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist A 2CY and 1CY Glaucous Gull were seen on the island today Carinish, North Uist A Jack Snipe was there today
  9. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 5th November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th November 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist A Chiffchaff and a Brambling were seen there today Carinish, North Uist A Jack Snipe was seen there this morning Ardivachar, South Uist Circa 70 Purple Sandpiper...
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    Local Rarity 5th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Portvoller, Isle of Lewis A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen there today. Another plus a blackcap was nearby at Sheshader Loch Paible, North Uist 350 Barnacle Geese were at Loch Paible and a...
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