• 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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Bruce

Senior Member
Birding on Vatersay this morning produced a very welcome surprise in the form of a Corn Bunting on the crofts near the cemetery. The Corn Bunting population on Vatersay vanished about 6 years ago, a couple of years after the last Barra birds were seen. I for one didn't ever expect to see another here. Todays bird was associating with a mixed flock of c25 Skylarks, 30 Twite, 15 Goldfinches and a few Chaffinches. There were also c60 Redwings and a lone Whooper Swan around the township.

The small Canada Goose was still with c210 Barnacle Geese at Borve. These birds are now also spending time around Allasdale.

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