• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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 May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Callanish, Isle of Lewis
A Lapland Bunting was seen there this morning

Balranald, North Uist
The Dotterel was still between the visitors centre and Aird an Runair this morning

Loch Paible, North Uist
A Long- tailed Skua was offshore early afternoon

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was in the bay this morning. The drake Surf Scoter was still to the south of the bay and 2 Garganey were nearby on Loch Mor

Ardivachar, South Uist
2 Pomarine Skuas flew north close inshore this morning. The 2CY Iceland Gull was seen on the beach. The Viking Gull ( Herring x Glaucous) was there in the afternoon as was a Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Black-tailed Godwits

Bornish, South Uist
A Jackdaw was seen in ploughed fields along the track towards Ardvule today