• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 14th December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Iceland Gull was in the harbour area today

Balivanich, Benbecula
The female type Velvet Scoter was still present off shore there this morning

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:30 - 11:05
Weather: Wind SSE F7-8, 8/8 cloud, temp 6C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 45 Eider (42S 3N), 1 Common Scoter (S), 3 Long-tailed Duck (S), 41 Red-throated Divers (S), 16 Great Northern Divers (S), 3 Gannets (2S 1N), 6 Shag (N),1 Cormorant (S) and 1 Kittiwake (S)
Also present in the are were Greylag Goose 14, Wigeon 21, Tufted Duck 11, Goldeneye 1, Great Northern Diver 2 and Cormorant 15
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Always Birding
Mixed emotions on finding the Greenland White-fronts had returned to Askernish, there were only 7, all adults! Eight years ago there were 70+ falling to 17 last year. Lets hope there are more yet to return