• 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, 5th January 2019. Updated throughout the day

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
100+ Common Scoters and 50 Long-tailed Ducks were there today

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again seen on the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:40 - 10:50
Weather: Wind S F4, 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 7.2C

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 30 Eider (29S 1N), 4 Long-tailed Duck (S), 4 Red-breasted merganser (3S 1N), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (S), 4 Gannets (S), 78 Shag (2S 76N), 7 Cormorants (S), 8 Oystercatchers (S) and 1 Razorbill (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 71, Wigeon 106, Teal 7, Great Northern Diver 3, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 100, Snipe 1, Common Gull 250 and Hooded Crow 4


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On Barra the White-billed Diver was visible from Ardmhor ferry terminal this morning. 36 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Eoligarry and the parvipes type Canada Goose was at Allasdale.

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