• 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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21 January 2019


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st January 2019. Updated throughout the day

Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
Late news: a 2CY Scaup was seen on the loch yesterday

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
3 Great Tits and 3 Brambling were in Willowglen today. The large flock (100+) of Brambling were still in the castle grounds

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:25 - 10:30
Weather: Wind SSW F6 gust f7, 8/8 cloud with rain. Temp 6.5C.

A two hour seawatch this morning produced 14 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (N), 5 Red-throated divers (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 3 Gannets (S), 37 Shag (N), 1 Cormorant (S), 1 Kittiwake (S) and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Shelduck 13, Wigeon 110, Teal 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 12, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 2


Always Birding
The only bird of note seen before the rain set in was a single Pink-footed Goose at Kilpheder

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Peregrine with Rock Dove kill on the machair yesterday