• 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 today, 24th December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
30 pale-bellied Brent Geese were near there this morning

Balivanich, Benbecula
The female type Velvet Scoter was again offshore

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:40 - 10:55
Weather: Wind S F2, 8/8 high cloud, temp 4.3C.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (S), 2 Common Scoters (S), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 11 Red-throated Divers (7S 4N), 2 Great Northern Divers (1S 1N), 4 Gannets (S), 71 Shag (66S 5N) and 1 Cormorant (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 14, Wigeon 36, Teal 13, Tufted Duck 12, Long-tailed Duck 7, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Red-throated Diver 4, Great Northern Diver 7, Cormorant 12, Common Buzzard 1, Purple Sandpiper 50, Snipe 1, Raven 2, Skylark 5, Meadow Pipit 1 and Rock Pipit 2