• 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.
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11th January 2019


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th January 2019. Updated throughout the year

Grenitote, North Uist
A Pink-footed Goose and 2 hybrid Cackling x Barnacle Geese were on the machair today


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan, Isle of Lewis

A Chiffchaff (non-tristis) was in Bragar village today. Although not infrequent in the southern isles, this species seems to be rare in Lewis and Harris in winter. I've never seen one before, and I could find only one Dec-Feb record in local bird reports for 1997-2013.

Other birds that are scarce up here in winter include Skylark (1 at Loch Ordais today) and Twite (10 on the shore nearby). Also, a drake Gadwall was on Loch Ordais, with the Mute Swan still present.


Always Birding
A very quiet day here at Askernish but 3 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing and 2 Lesser Redpoll around the township brightened the day

Great Northern Diver