• 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, 1st Decemebr 2018. Updated throughout the day

South Glendale, South Uist
2 Blackcaps were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10 - 10:40
Weather: Wind SSW F4, cloudy, a little brighter later. Temp 8.6C
A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 10 Eider (5S 5N), 1 Common Scoter (S), 8 Long-tailed Ducks (7S 1N), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 18 Red-throated Divers (14S 4N), 3 Great Northern Divers (2S 1N), 55 Shag (1S 54N), 1 Cormorant (S) and 2 auk sp (S).
also present in the area were Greylag Goose 26, Wigeon 42, Teal 5, Tufted Duck 10, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 14, Bar-tailed Godwit 20, Knot 2, Dunlin 17, Merlin 1 and Rock Pipit 2


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The adult White-billed Diver was off Eoligarry jetty just before high tide this morning, though frustratingly it remained distant, never coming closer than half a mile range, making the task of getting a recognisable record shot impossible. If only it would show as well as the Great Northerns! There were 16 Snow Buntings in 2 flocks on the beach plus a Common Scoter and 2 Slavonian Grebes off shore. There were 3 more Slavs off Ardmhor and at least 4 Common Redpolls were still at Castlebay. 3 Common Scoters were off Vatersay this afternoon.

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