• 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, 20th December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Eoligarry, Barra
The *White-billed Diver* was seen off the jetty this morning along with 5 Slavonian Grebes

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

Balranald, North Uist:
The Cackling Goose and small Canada Goose were there this afternoon. 13 Pintail were nearby on Loch nam Feithean.

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again on the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:45 - 10:50
Weather: Wind S F2-3, 8/8 cloud, some rain. Temp6.5C

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 15 Eider (S), 6 Long-tailed Duck (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 11 Gannets (10S 1N), 47 Shag (3S 44N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 5 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 54, Teal 12, Tufted Duck 8, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 4 and Cormorant 6
A Pink-footed Goose was nearby at Loch Bornish.
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