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  • 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 12th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 12th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was again seen in Village Bay. A Purple Sandpiper was also present. A scarce bird there Loch an Tiumpan, Lewis The drake *Ring-necked* and the summer plumage...
  2. Hawkeye

    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...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Butt of Lewis A Black Redstart was seen in the lighthouse compound today Clachan Sands, North Uist 180 Pinkfeet heading NW at 1720 broke formation and headed back SW, eventually appearing to...
  4. Hawkeye

    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...
  5. Hawkeye

    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...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 25th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th March 2022. Updated throughout the day. Sollas, North Uist The single ***Cackling Goose*** was seen there again today while the adult white morph *Snow Goose* was nearby at Malacleit Migrants seen on the islands today with...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th March 2022. Updated throughout the day North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis An adult Iceland Gull was on the beach there Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 6 juvenile Iceland Gulls were seen in the inner harbour area today Bunavoneader, Isle of...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Hawkeye

    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...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 18th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The ***Todd's Canada Goose*** was there again today Balranald, North Uist 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were at Aird an Runair today. 11 Pintail were nearby on Loch...
  12. 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...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd February 2022. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An adult Iceland Gull flew south mid-morning. Circa 700 Cormorant/Shag were also in the area, at roost and on the sea Steinish, Isle of Lewis A Common Chiffchaff...
  14. 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...
  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

    National Rarity 4th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** is still in Village Bay Balemore, North Uist A ***Cackling Goose*** was there seen this afternoon Carinish, North Uist A Chiffchaff was there today
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 1st December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st December 2021. Updated throughout the day Knockintorran, North Uist A ***Cackiling Goose*** was seen there in the afternoon. A Snow Bunting was also there Ardmore, South Uist The juvenile ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd November 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd November 2021. Updated throughout the day Kyles Paible, North Uist 3 ***Cackling Geese*** (the usual pair plus a new bird) were there this morning Ardmore, South Uist The juvenile ***Lesser Scaup*** was still on Loch an Daill early...
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st April 2021. Updated throughout the day Fivepenny, Ness, Isle of Lewis 16 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Beag at midday Melbost, Isle of Lewis 70+ Black-tailed Godwits were there today Balranald, North Uist A ***Cackling Goose***...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th April 2021. Geese again on the move with circa 300 Barnacle Geese flying north over Carinish, North Uist and circa 250 high over Askernish, South Uist this morning and 1,500 Pink-feet were seen heading north in Ness. 5,000+ Barnacle...
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