• 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 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...
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Siskin was seen there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 4 juvenile Icleland Gulls are still in the harbour area Shawbost, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings and 2 Wheatear were there...
  3. 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...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 7th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 7th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Bunavoneader, Isle of Harris 2 Iceland Gulls (adult + juvenile) were seen by the whaling station late afternoon Grenitote, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was seen on the machair there this afternoon...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 29th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 29th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake * Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again today Sollas, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was there again this afternoon Stinky Bay, Benbecula Two 2cy...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 28th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Vatisker, Isle of Lewis 4 Long-tailed Tits were there today Aignish, Isle of Lewis 47 Common Scoter and a Slavonian Grebe were seen offshore. A Grey Plover was also seen in the area Sollas...
  11. 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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    National Rarity 28th November 2021

    Wetsern Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th November 2021. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An immature Glaucous Gull flew past the lighthouse this afternoon (15:15) Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A Slavonian Grebe was seen there this afternoon...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st November 2021

    Wester Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st November 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 3 Little auks, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a juvenile Iceland Gull were seen there this morning. A Drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and an adult Iceland Gull wer nearby at Loch Stiapabhat...
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    Local Rarity 1st November 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st November 2021. Updated throughout the day Carinish, North Uist A Snow Bunting, 70 Whooper Swans and 2000 Barnacle geese were seen there today Ardivachar, South Uist The *Snow Goose* was present on the machair to the south of the...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 22nd October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda 6 Ring Ouzel, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush and c1500 Redwing were seen on he island today. Also present were a Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 6 Snow Bunting and a...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th October 2021. Updated throughout the day. Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The Little Egret was seen there again this morning Tong, Isle of Lewis Three Snow Buntings were there today Stinky Bay, Benbecula The ***Buff-bellied Pipit***...
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    Local Rarity 21st April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis Three Lapland Buntings were near there this evening. A female Scaup, drake Pintail, female Gadwall, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Barnacle Geese and 9 Pink-footed...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A 3CY Iceland Gull was there this morning. 6+ Lapland Buntings and a Black-tailed Godwit were nearby at Loch Stiapabhat (see post below) Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The *Snow...
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    National Rarity 12th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch an Duin, Aird, Isle of Lewis A *Snow Goose* was feeding there with a group of Greylags early afternoon Balranald, North Uist A ***Todd's Canada Goose*** and 27 Lapwings were there this...
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    Local Rarity 8th March 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th March 2021. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was on the gull roost mid-morning Loch Sandary, North Uist An immature Iceland Gull and a single Pink-footed Goose were there early afternoon. The...
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