• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th January 2019. Updated throughout the day

Borve, Berneray
Snow Buntings were reported on the machair today. A single Pink-footed Goose and 14 Common Scoters were also reported off the west side of the island.

Askernish, South Uist
The Rook flew over the township late this afternoon


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Andrew, South Uist

5 Jan
Drake American Wigeon on Bornish loch, also female pintail there. 12 snow buntings Peninerine. 4 barnacle geese Ormiclate.
c130 Greenland White-fronted Geese on west side of Loch Bee, 2FF/imm scaup and 1 Slave grebe in SW corner
c50 barnacle geese Ardivachar. 5 slavonian grebes off Balgarva.

6 Jan
f/imm velvet scoter off Balivanich with 2 Slav grebes. 4 Greenland white-fronts at Nunton; drake Ring-necked Duck, pr of pintail & 4 coots on Coot Loch.
14 gadwall and 16 shoveler in total between Coot Loch & Loch Fada.