• 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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29th December 2018


Senior Member
It was fairly quiet during a late morning visit to Aird an Runair, North Uist today. A ringtail Hen Harrier came over the headland and watched until lost to sight well out over the sea heading towards the Monach Islands. One wonders what would trigger such a movement. A Peregrine was also present.


At nearby Loch nam Feithean there was a high count of 25 Shoveler. Ten years or so ago Shoveler in winter were to be found only on South Uist/Benbecula lochs with records on North Uist being very unusual. Another change in the last ten years or so have been the number of Little Grebes remaining on the lochs in winter.


Always Birding
The Rook was again at Kilpheder along with c120 Purple Sandpiper c150 Lapwing on the beach at high tide. At Askernish, Goldfinch and Greenfinch numbers have been steadily increasing these past few weeks with a mixed flock of c30 Goldfinch and c40 Greenfinch visiting the feeders. Some of the birds we are retrapping are 3 and 4 years old, returning almost annually

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