• 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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Local Rarity 2nd December 2018


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 2nd December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
A Greenland White-fronted, Barnacle and Greylag Goose were in the village today

Baleshare, North Uist
A Jack Snipe was at Lag Gorm today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:30 - 10:05
Weather: Wind ESE F 3-4, 8/8 cloud, very dull with increasing rain. Temp 8C.

A 1+ hour seawatch this morning produced 4 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Ducks (3S 1N), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 8 Red-throated Divers (7S 1N), 5 Gannets (S), 62 Shag (2S 60N), 1 Cormorant (S) and 1 Guillemot(S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 23, Wigeon 15, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 11, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Common Buzzard 1

Geese on St Kilda (C) & Courtesy of Soay Sheep Project
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew:-

02/12 - drake *ring-necked duck* on Loch Fada Benbecula this afternoon; Also still 14 gadwall, 10 shoveler and 4 coots in total Coot Loch/Loch Fada.

42 long-tailed duck in Stinky Bay.

01/12 – 2 glaucous gulls (2nd W & Juv/1st w) Between Stoneybridge & Peninerine. 20 Snow bunting at Peninerine. Also at least 6 different WTEs on west side of central SU yesterday.

Still 2 bramblings and 1 blackcap in my garden in Bornish and a fieldfare on 1 Dec (also seen late Nov).


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On Barra today the small Canada Goose was on the machair at Allasdale and a Coot was new in on Loch Tangasdale.