• 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, 27th November 2018. Updated throughout the day.

South Glendale, South Uist
3 Blackcaps were in a garden there

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A sea watch today from 07:55 - 10:50
Weather: Wind ESE f6 gust f7, 7/8 high cloud. Temp 6.7C - 7.7C

5 Eider (2S 3N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 5 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 6 Red-throated Diver (4S 2N), 3 Great Northern Diver (1S 1N), 2 Gannets (1N 1S), 15 Shag (N), 5 Cormorant (S), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 1 Snipe (S - in off the Atlantic), 2 Kittiwake (S), 1 Little Auk (S), 2 Razorbill/Guillemot (1S 1N)

Also present in the area: Greylag Goose 8, Wigeon 5, Tufted Duck 11, Cormorant 9, Lapwing 22, Purple Sandpiper 6, Common Gull 180 - feeding along high tide margin, included a leucistic individual, Snow Bunting 4


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A rough day on Barra and predictably the flock of Barnacle Geese along with the parvipes-type Canada Goose were back at Borve Point after an absence of ten days. This flock often spends time on the outlying islands to our south during relatively calm weather, returning to Borve when things get rough. The 2 Pink-footed Geese were here again and the other one was still among Greylags at Eoligarry. The Brent Goose flock on Traigh Mhor totalled 53.