• 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

    Local Rarity 27th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Brambling are visiting a garden there Tong, Isle of Lewis A Fieldfare was seen there today North Ford...
  2. Hawkeye

    26th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis An adult and 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area. 18 Rooks, 6 Long-tailed Tits and 4 Great Tits were in and around the Castle Grounds Oban Trumisgarry...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 23rd January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was seen there today Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was there this morning Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st January 2022. Updated throughout the day North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis An adult Glaucous Gull was at Garry Beach early afternoon Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was there late morning Baleshare, North Uist A Little...
  5. Hawkeye

    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...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Caranish, North Uist A Fieldfare was again seen in the township Balivanich, Benbecula The *Glossy Ibis* was again seen opposite Uist Hardware. 14 Snow Buntings were nearby in Culla Bay and 2...
  7. YvonneB

    Local Rarity 18th January 2022

    A Little Egret flew in to the loch opposite the house this morning (Askernish, South Uist), a welcome addition to my patch list :)
  8. Hawkeye

    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...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Staipabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was was in the harbour area for most of the day...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Staipabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again this morning Ardmore, South Uist The ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen again today on Loch an Daill, the first time...
  11. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 11th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Balivanich, Benbecula The *Glossy Ibis* was again seen opposite Uist Hardware. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was nearby on Liniclate beach Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was again at the north...
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 10th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Balivanich, Benbecula A *Glossy Ibis* was seen by Uist Hardware Coot Loch. Benbecula The colour ringed Little Egret and a drake Pintail were there today Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 8th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis An adult Iceland Gull was in the harbour area late morning Clachan, South Uist 2 Little Egrets were at the north end of Loch Bee, one being the colour ringed bird...
  14. Hawkeye

    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...
  15. Hawkeye

    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...
  16. Hawkeye

    29th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 1CY Iceland Gull was there late morning Clachan, South Uist The Little Egret was again in the channel at the north end of Loch Bee Castlebay, Barra A Siberian...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. 75 Twite were by the hide and 80 Barnacle Geese were in the area Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 7...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A Carrion Crow was seen there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 20 Redwing and 15 Siskins were seen in the Castle Grounds Balallan, Isle of Lewis 3 drake...
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Ardmore, South Uist The female ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill this morning. A colour ringed Little Egret was also in the area early afternoon [first seen Stinky Bay on...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 5th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again late morning. 47 Barnacle Geese and 90 Twite were also in the area Malacleit, North Uist A ***Cackling...
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