• 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
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 16th December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Borve, Berneray
At least 100 Snow Buntings were the machair

Aileodair, North Uist
A drake *American Wigeon* was on the loch today

Borve, Barra
The small Canada Goose was again on the machair ther

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:15 - 10:50
Weather: Wind WSW f4-5 backing SSW and easing, 7/8 cloud, occasional light shower. Temp 6C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 35 Eider (S), 5 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 15 Red-throated divers (14S 1N), 7 Great Northern Divers (S), 12 Gannets (S), 58 Shag (2S 56N), 9 Purple sandpipers (1S 8N), 11 Kittiwakes (S), 23 Common Gulls (S), 2 Black Guillemots (S) and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 9, Wigeon 52, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 6, Goldeneye 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 5, Cormorant 19, Bar-tailed Godwit 12, Snipe 2, Hooded Crow 7, Raven 2 and Rock Pipit 3


Senior Member
On Barra the White-billed Diver was still off Eoligarry this morning, 28 Snow Buntings were on the beach and a Common Scoter was offshore. At Traigh Mhor the Brent Goose flock was down to 18 birds.

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Always Birding
Happy to be out and about in better weather today and find 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Grey Phalarope at Stoneybridge

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