• 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, 29th November 2018. Updated throughout the day

Peninerine, South Uist
17 Snow Buntings were there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20 - 11:50
Weather: [Wind last night SW F7-8] Today wind S F4-5, 8/8 high cloud, dull, temp 8 - 9C.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 12 Eider (9S 3N), 16 Long-tailed Duck (S), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 8 Red-throated Divers (7S 1N), 2 Black-throated Divers (S), 9 Great Norther Divers (S), 51 Gannets (S), 15 Shag (3S 12N), 257 Kittiwakes (256S 1N), 8 Guillemots (S), 6 Black Guillemots (S) and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 38, Wigeon 26, Teal 6, Tufted Duck 12, Goldeneye 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 12, Curlew 34, Bar-tailed Godwit 10, Turnstone 55, Knot 1, Purple Sandpiper 4, Redshank 14, Hooded Crow 15, Raven 2, Pied Wagtail 1 and Rock Pipit 1


Senior Member
On Barra the parvipes type Canada Goose was still at Borve this morning. 25 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Eoligarry and 53 Brent Geese including the ringed bird from last week were at Traigh Mhor. 3 Slavonian Grebes were off Ardmhor including one just a few feet from the slipway; probably the most sheltered bit of water in the area today. 4 Common Redpolls were at Castlebay.