• 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, 14th December 2019. Updated throughout the day

An adult Glaucous Gull was at the southern end of the island. 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were amongst the Barnacle Geese and a juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose was with Greylags.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00 - 10:55
Weather: Wind ENE backing NNE f4, 8/8 cloud, light rain. Temp 4C

A two hour seawatch this morning produced 13 Eider (S), 5 Long-tailed Ducks (2S 3N), 5 Red-throated Divers (4S 1N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 5 Gannets (S), 51 Shag (9S 42N) and 3 Cormorants (1S 2N).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 26, Mallard 51, Teal 5, Tufted Duck 7, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 11, Hen Harrier 1, Common Buzzard 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 7, Purple Sandpiper 110, Black-headed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 41, Raven 3 and Twite 182