• 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
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for day. 22nd December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch nam Feithean, North Uist
13 Pintail are still to be found on the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:55 - 10:45
Weather: Wind WSW F2-3, mostly 8/8 cloud, temp 7.2C.

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (1S 1N), 2 Common Scoters (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (4S 1N), 4 Gannets (3S 1N), 14 Shag (5S 9N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 2 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 7, Mute Swan 2, Wigeon 175, Teal 6, Tufted Duck 12, Long-tailed Duck 2, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 7, Peregrine 1, Raven 3 and Rock Pipit 2


Always Birding
While watching 18 Snow Buntings at Stoneybridge, a small group of Bar-wits and a single Black-tailed Godwit flew in off the sea. 4 Barnacle Geese were at Corran Ormiclate

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