• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th July 2019. Updated throughout the day

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
The Rose-coloured Starling was still there today.

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A *Common Rosefinch* was reported as being present in the castle grounds this afternoon

Langass Wood, North Uist
A female Common Crossbill was seen there today

Scotvein, Grimsay
The Rose-coloured Starling and a Whitethroat were there this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:00 - 10:05
Weather: Wind S veering SSW F3, 8/8 cloud, misty to some extent throughout. Temp 14 - 15
A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-breasted merganser (N), 10 Storm Petrels (S), 5 Fulmars (S), 7 Manx Shearwaters (S), 74 Gannets (67S 7N), 1 Cormorant (S), 2 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S) and 2 auk sp (S).
Also in the area were Eider 12, Common Buzzard 1, Ringed Plover 6, Curlew 1, Turnstone 1, Dunlin 46, Black-headed Gull 9, Common Gull 98, Great Black-backed Gull 15, Arctic Tern 12, Raven 2, Sand Martin 5 and Wheatear 1
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