• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th January 2019. Updated throughout the day

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
An adult Kumlien's Gull, 17 Light-bellied Brent Geese and circa 40 Corn Buntings were seen there this afternoon

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:35 - 10:15
Weather: Wind NW F6-7, 8/8 cloud, dull with rain.

A 1+ hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (S), 2 Shag (N), 1 Cormorant (S) and 1 Kittiwake (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 157, Pink-footed Goose 1, Shelduck 1, Wigeon 148, Teal 1, Tufted Duck 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 8, Lapwing 42, Ringed Plover 35, Curlew 22, Bar-tailed Godwit 39, Sanderling 32, Dunlin 6, Common Gull 95 and Otter 3


Senior Member
Hard going on Barra today. At Traigh Mhor there were 29 Pale-bellied Brents (1 juvenile and 28 adults). There has been an adult Dark-bellied Brent with them for the past 3 days.