• 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
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th March 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. A *White-billed Diver* was nearby at Skigersta

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
5 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area at 09:30

Taraloch, Berneray
245 sanderling, 238 Turnstones, 24 Purple Sandpipers, 19 Great Northern Divers, and 33 Long-tailed Duck were seen there during a late WeBS count

Clachan Sands, North Uist
17 Great Northern Divers, 5 Black-throated Divers and 6 Slavonian Grebes were seen offshore

Balranald, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again seen on Loch nam Feithean

Kockintorran, North Uist
The ***Cackling Goose*** was seen to the south of Loch Sandary this morning

Carinish, North Uist
3 Wheatear, 4 Whooper Swans, and 7 Redwings were seen there today. 3 Slavonian Grebes were offshore and 2 immature Glaucous Gulls where there this evening

Clachan, South Uist
The unringed Little Egret was seen there again this morning while the Welsh colour-ringed bird was there in the afternoon


Always Birding
30+ Whooper Swans flew north over Askernish at 10:30. A Lesser Redpoll and a Goldcrest were in the garden this afternoon

The colour-ringed Sanderling on Askernish beach on 24-March has been identified as an individual known to have lost a ring. It was originally ringed in Iceland in 2016 and spends the winters in France where it has been recorded on 12 occasions, the last being 9 days prior to being seen here.

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Senior Member
A Jackdaw, perhaps yesterdays bird, flew high north over Northbay mid morning. 18 Whooper Swans were resting on the sea at Eoligarry and 4 more were off Traigh Eais. Far fewer Redwings about today after several hundred over the weekend. 10 Slavonian Grebes were off Ardmhor ferry terminal.