• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
Late news of a female Blue-headed Wagtail in Village Bay yesterday

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Little Egret was seen at roost in fir trees outside the Hammersby Hotel this evening

Loch Paible, North Uist
The ***Broad-billed Sandpiper*** was seen again at the south end of the loch late-afternoon

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The Wood Sandpiper was seen there again this morning. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was also in the area

Loch nan Faoileann, Daliburgh, South Uist
The 2 **Red-rumped Swallows** were there again this morning and still present in the evening. They are also seen on Loch nan Clacha-Mora behind the Co-op. At least 6 House Martins and a Spotted Flycatcher were also present

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Female Blue-headed Wagtail (C) Craig Nisbet