• 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

    Scottish Rarity 18th August 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th August 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis The summering female Long-tailed Duck and a juvenile Goldeneye were seen on the loch today Carinish, North Uist 3 Black-tailed Godwits were there today...
  2. Hawkeye

    17th August 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th August 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 46 Sooty Shearwaters 14 Arctic Skua, 23 Manx Shearwaters, circa 540 Kittiwakes, and 4 Great Skuas were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry this morning Loch...
  3. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 16th August 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th August 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A **Great Shearwater** and 700+ Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry this morning and a *Sabine's Gull* was seen in the afternoon on the...
  4. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 20th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th September 2021. Updtaed throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A Pectoral Sandpiper was at the north end of the loch early afternoon Loch Bee, South Uist Three Little stints and seven Knot were on the loch at the south...
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 11th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist The Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint were still at the south of of the loch today Bornish, South Uist A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper*, Pectoral Sandpiper and a Ruff were...
  6. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 7th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Baleshare,North Uist Ten Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were on on the island this afternoon West Gerinish, South Uist 14 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee and...
  7. Hawkeye

    20th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 20th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Sandary, North Uist 42 Black-tailed Godwits were seen in a recently cut field by the loch Baleshare, North Uist Two juvenile Ruff, 15 Black-tailed Godwits and 185 Golden Plover were by...
  8. Hawkeye

    11th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Stinky Bay, Benbecula A juvenile Ruff was there this morning. Ardivachar, South Uist A Swift was seen there today
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    31st July 2021

    Barra. 2 Sooty Shearwaters past Cleat mid morning and a juvenile Ruff at Traigh Mhor for its second day.
  10. Hawkeye

    25th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Borve, Berneray A Pink-footed Goose was on the marsh below the cemetary early afternoon Loch Dursay, North Uist An immature Iceland Gull was there late afternoon Loch Sandary, North Uist The...
  11. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 2nd May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd May 2021. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Lewis Two Lapland Buntings were still present today Skigersta / Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis Four *White-billed Divers* were seen offshore this evening Loch na Tiumpan, Lewis A juvenile...
  12. Hawkeye

    5th January 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th January 2021. Updated throughout the day Broad Bay, Stonoway, Isle of Lewis At least 850 Eiders, 59 Common Scoters, 10 Velvet Scoters and hundreds of displaying Long-tailed Ducks were counted mainly on the south side of the Bràigh...
  13. Hawkeye

    3rd January 2021

    Westrn Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings today, 3rd January 2021. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis. An adult Little Gull and a juvenile Iceland Gull flew north today between 10:50 - 11:00 Balranald, North Uist 70 Snow Buntings were seen on the reserve early afternoon...
  14. Ruff

    Ruff

    Ruff, South Uist 2020 © Ian Thompson
  15. Hawkeye

    16th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Claddach Vallay, North Uist A Mistle Thrush and a Blackcap were seen there today. Rubh' Arnal, North Uist Six Pale-bellied Brent Geese were there and circa 14 Lapland Buntings were between...
  16. Ruff

    Ruff

    Juvenile Ruff, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
  17. Ruff

    Ruff

    Juvenile Ruff, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
  18. Ruff

    Ruff

    Juvenile Ruff, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
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    Ruff

    Ruff courtesy of Barry Barnacal.
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    Ruff

    Ruff courtesy of Barry Barnacal
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