• 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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Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of lewis
The ***Lesser Scaup*** was still present this morning. 80 Barnacle geese were also in the area.

Melbost, Isle of Lewis
16 Common Scoter, 4 Slavonian Grebes, 30 Great Northern Divers and circa 700 Eider were seen offshore this morning

Loch Eaval, North Uist
2 Pink-feet were there today

Loch Paible, North Uist
A ***Todd's Canada Goose*** and the 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were seen there today in amongst the 800 Barnacle Geese present

Baleshare, North Uist
6 Common Scoters were offshore this afternoon

Loch Mor, Benbecula
A Pink-footed Goose was seen there today

Ardmore, South Uist
The ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill this morning

Bruernish, Barra
The *Glossy Ibis* was there again today. Only the second record for the island
 
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