• 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

    Tracking the elusive Leach’s storm petrel on St Kilda

    In 2021, two scientists from the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science spent the summer on the remote island of St Kilda to learn more about a tiny seabird. The Leach’s storm petrel is one of our smallest seabirds, around the size of a starling. They breed on remote islands and spend nearly all...
  2. Snowy Owl

    Snowy Owl

    Snowy Owl, St Kilda, April 2022 (C) St Kilda Rangers
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Late News of the ***Snowy Owl***, seen yesterday on Conachair scree Lionel, Isle of Uist 50 Pink-feet were on the machair this morning Balranald, North Uist The 2 Garganey...
  4. MisterT

    Recent colour ring sightings and ringing recoveries

    A colour ringed Redshank seen at Frobost, South Uist on 21-April-2022 was indeed a long-lived bird with quite a remarkable history. It was originally ringed at Kinneil on the Inner Firth of Forth on 17-November-2008, aged at the time as a first calendar year. It was one of a small number of...
  5. Hawkeye

    Decline of Leach’s Storm Petrels at the largest colonies in the northeast Atlantic

    The latest study of Leach's Petrel on St Kilda indicate and very worrying decline of 68% between 2000 and 2019. Leach’s Storm Petrel Hydrobates leucorhous has undergone substantial population declines at North Atlantic colonies over recent decades, but censusing the species is challenging...
  6. Slavonian Grebe

    Slavonian Grebe

    Slavonian Grebe, St Kilda, April 2022 (C) St Kilda Rangers
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 29th November 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th November 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there again today
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th November 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th November 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there today. A Little Auk was in Village Bay which has been present since the 14th Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was seen in the...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th October 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 35 Snow Buntings and a Fieldfare were present early afternoon and a Puffin was seen off-shore. Carinish, Isle of North Uist A single Chiffchaff was there. Loch Bee, Isle of...
  10. Ring Ouzel

    Ring Ouzel

    Ring Ouzel, St Kilda, October 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  11. Woodpigeon

    Woodpigeon

    Woodpigeon, St Kilda October 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  12. American Buff-bellied Pipit

    American Buff-bellied Pipit

    American Buff-bellied Pipit, St Kilda, October 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 8th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta St Kilda The ***American Buff-bellied Pipit***, the female ***Snowy Owl*** and **Short-toed Lark** were still present today. 25 Snow Bunting, 8 Pink-feet, 2 Brent Geese, the Long-tailed...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** was seen there again today. A Chiffchaff, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, four Snow Buntings and two Brent Geese were also on the island Butt of...
  15. Blackcap

    Blackcap

    Male Blackcap, St Kilda, September 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  16. Short-toed lark

    Short-toed lark

    Short-toed Lark, St Kilda, September 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  17. Buff-bellied Pipit

    Buff-bellied Pipit

    Buff-bellied Pipit, St Kilda, September 2021 (C) Craig Nisbet
  18. Buff-bellied Pipits

    Buff-bellied Pipits

    Two Buff-bellied Pipits, St Kilda, September 2021 (C) Will Miles
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Two ***Buff-bellied Pipits*** were on the island today. The **Short-toed Lark** was still present as was the Greenland White-fronted Goose. Two Lapland Buntings and seven Snow...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 29th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Buff-bellied Pipit***, ***Snowy Owl***, Greenland Redpoll and Pale-bellied Brent Goose were still present today. A **Short-toed Lark** and Greenland White-fronted...
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