• 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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  1. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 7 Iceland Gulls (6 juveniles +3rd-winter) were seen in the harbour area today Loch Sandary, North Uist The ***Cackling Goose*** was there again this afternoon Coot...
  2. Hawkeye

    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...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 4th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were there today Coot Loch, Benbecula The female ***Lesser Scaup*** and a drake Pintail were there again today...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Lock na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was there again today Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 2 Glaucous Gulls (adult + juvenile) were there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis...
  5. Hawkeye

    26th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Shulishader, Isle of Lewis A first-winter Iceland Gull flew west this morning Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was seen there again this morning Carnan, South Uist 3 Common Redpolls and 2...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 24th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24rd February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Sandary, North Uist A single ***Cackling Goose*** was amongst the 500+ Barnacle Geese around the loch Balmartin, North Uist 2 Iceland Gulls ( 2nd-winter + adult) were seen there today...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd February 2022. Updated throughout the day Lock na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area Rubh' Arnal, North...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again today Loch na Reivil, North Uist An Iceland Gull was there today Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist The two ***Cackling Geese*** were near the visitor centre and 30 Snow Buntings were seen on the reserve, The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again nearby on Loch nam...
  10. Hawkeye

    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...
  11. Hawkeye

    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...
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 14th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th February 2022. Updated throughout the day. Giosla, Isle of Lewis A Brambling is visiting a garden there Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull is still in the harbour area. 73 Redwing were on the sportsfields in the castle...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Glacous Gull, an adult Iceland Gull and 67 Barnacle Geese were there today. A second adult Iceland Gull was between Port of Ness and Skigersta Loch...
  14. Hawkeye

    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...
  15. Hawkeye

    9th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Iceland Gulls (juvenile and 3rd-winter) were still in the harbour area today Carinish, North Uist 40 Brent Geese flew south-east this morning Clachan, South Uist...
  16. Hawkeye

    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...
  17. Hawkeye

    6th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Common Redpolls were visiting a garden there Carinish, North Uist 80 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Baile Iochdrach Clachan, South Uist One of the Little Egrets...
  18. Hawkeye

    3rd February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd February 2022. Updated throughought the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gulls was still to be found the harbour area this afternoon Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was there early this morning...
  19. Hawkeye

    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...
  20. Hawkeye

    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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