• 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.
  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
4 Iceland Gulls (3 juveniles and a 2CY), 83 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 11 Snow Buntings were there today

Kyles Paible, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** were seen in the area this afternoon.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50 - 10:35
Weather: Wind W f6 easing to f4, 8/8 cloud, some light rain at first. Temp 8C.

A near 2 hour seawtch this morning produced 8 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (3S 1N), 11 Gannets (7S 4N), 63 Shag (4S 59N), 3 Cormorants (S) and 2 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 22, Teal 5, Tufted Duck 6, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 22, Curlew 8, Bar-tailed Godwit 10, Turnstone 21, Sanderling 14, Purple Sandpiper 33, Redshank 3, Merlin 1, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 4 and Rock Pipit 2


Always Birding
A quiet day here on the patch at Askernish, probably due to the presence of 3 White-tailed Eagles, a Golden Eagle and a Merlin but it was good to see 12 Greenland White-fronts with Greylags at Loch Hallan