• 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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Local Rarity 24th January 2019


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th January 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
The Richardson's Cackling Goose and small Canada Goose were there again today 7 Pintail were nearby at Hougharry

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was still on the loch

Loch Bee, South Uist
5 Scaup and 22 Goldeneye were at the south end of the loch today

Scotvein, Grimsay
5 Fieldfares were there today

Peter's Port, Benbecula
22 Fieldfare were seen in the area

Loch Druidibeg, South Uist
2 Little Egrets were on the loch at Stilligarry this morning.

Castlebay, Barra
A 1st winter drake Velvet Scoter was seen in the bay this morning


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I took advantage of the calm, flat conditions this morning and scanned the sea off the east side of Vatersay. 13 Black-throated Divers were visible along with c250 Eiders and a single Long-tailed Duck. The highlight though was a 1st winter drake Velvet Scoter settled out in the middle of Castle Bay. Despite being distant, I did get some good scope views, however I'd be the first to admit that the photo probably wont win any awards!

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The Pale-bellied Brent Goose flock at Traigh Mhor is gradually increasing in number: 53 were present today. Yesterday there were 31 Snow Buntings at Eoligarry and a further 5 flying around over Borve Point.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Tristan, Isle of Lewis

An adult Iceland Gull was at Goat Island, Stornoway, this afternoon. Also a Little Grebe there.