• 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, 21st December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Grenitote, North Uist
2 hyrbid Cackling x Barnacle Geese were there and a Greenland White-fronted Goose was nearby at Sollas.

Baleshare, North Uist
A Snow Bunting was seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:35 - 11:25
Weather: Wind W - WSW F2-3, 8/8 high cloud, temp 6.5 - 7.0C.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 18 Eider (S), 5 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (3S 1N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 2 Gannets (1S 1N), 100 Shag (11S 89N) and 4 Cormorants (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 52, Shelduck 2, Wigeon 32, Mallard 104, Teal 6, Tufted Duck 11, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 6, Purple Sandpiper 54, Redshank 24, Merlin 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 3, Skylark 9, Rock Pipit 2, Twite 22 and Otter 1


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The Velvet Scoter was seen again off Balivanich, Benbecula this morning and also present were three Common Scoter and a couple of Slavonian Grebes.

A rather distant shot of the Velvet Scoter.

And a closer one of a couple of Long-tailed Ducks.