• 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, 21st match 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and 5 Pink-footed Geese were there this afternoon. A Wheatear was nearby at Eoropie

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A 4CY Iceland Gull was at Goat Island

Shawbost, Isle of Lewis
3 Snow Buntngs were seen there today

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Egret was seen there this afternooon


Always Birding
A belated WeBS count today found that the 48 Black-tailed Godwits were still in the southwest corner of Loch Bee. My first Short-eared Owl of the year was quartering around the QinetiQ buildings and an unexpected Mistle Thrush was also around the perimeter. 4 Scaup were amongst the 134 Tufted Duck and 22 Goldeneye and 73 Whooper Swans which were still mainly around the causeway. Oystercatchers and Redshank were much in evidence with 245 and 62 respectively in the count area with many more outside. Another 6 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch an t-Saile and a Little Egret was on pools at Clachan.

South Ford was relatively quiet with only 17 Grey Plovers, 120 Bar-tailed Godwits and 200 Dunlin being the only waders of note. 40 Whooper Swans were resting on the mudflats.

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Mistle Thrush and Black-tailed Godwits