• 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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  1. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th May 2022

    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...
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 29th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Iceland Gull was again seen in the harbour area Loch Odhairn, Isle of Lewis An Osprey was seen today. Balranald, North Uist A Dotterel was on the reserve...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 2nd May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd May 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was on the loch again this afternoon Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were again in the harbour area Loch Paible...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 1st May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st May 2022. Updated throughout the day Valasay, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* is atill on a small lochan towards Tacleit Tiumpan head, Isle of Lewis 4 Great Skuas were surface feeding with a large gathering...
  5. Hawkeye

    30th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Lochmaddy, North Uist A Sandwich Tern was seen from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry today. Also 500 Pufin and 100 Gannets were seen during the crossing Baleshare, North Uist The 5 Dotterel were again...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 28th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 60 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west. A Swallow, 8 Whimbrel and 4 Wheatear were also in the area Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the NW end of the loch...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Late News of the ***Snowy Owl***, seen yesterday on Conachair scree Lionel, Isle of Uist 50 Pink-feet were on the machair this morning Balranald, North Uist The 2 Garganey...
  8. Hawkeye

    25th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Griminish, North Uist Circa 50 Pink-footed Geese flew north today Baleshare, North Uist The 5 Dotterel were again seen to the north-east of the beach car park South Glendale, South Uist A...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 24th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda 2 Siskin and a Linnet were in Village Bay today. The Siskin is the first known record on St Kilda since 1999 and the Linnet is only the eighth record there Loch an Tiumpan, Isle...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 23rd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Late news of a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe in Village Bay yesterday, the first April record Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 4 juvenile Iceland Gulls were again in the harbour area...
  11. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 19th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Balranald, South Uist The adult male Dotterel was still present early morning, near the track towards Aird an Runair Baleshare, North Uist A Ruff was at Lag Gorm this morning Reuval, Benbecula...
  12. Hawkeye

    18th May 2021

    Western Isles bird sightings for today, 18th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Balranald, South Uist An adult male Dotterel was near the campsite early morning, to the east Aird an Runair. A group of eight Long-tailed Skuas passed Aird an Runair at distance at 06:46. Another 11 Long-tailed...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there today Butt of Lewis The Dotterel was present, one mile west of the lighthouse Loch Sandary, North Uist A Glaucous Gull was there today Nunton...
  14. Hawkeye

    14th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis The Dotterel was still to be found one mile west of the lighthouse. Three Tree Sparrows were in Gardens at Ness Balranald, North Uist 22 Pink-feet were seen on the reserve today and...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Dotterel was seen one mile west of the lighthouse Barvas, Isle of Lewis A pair of Brambling were visiting a gardent there Balranald, North Uist Two drake Garganey are still...
  16. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 8th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis A flock of 21 *Snow Geese* which included two blue-phase birds were seen in the north-east corner of the loch. Also present were 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, and one...
  17. Dotterel

    Dotterel

    Juvenile Dotterel, Butt of Lewis, 2020 © Rob Lewis
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A juvenile Dotterel and 38 Lapland Bunting were to the south-west of the lighthouse this morning Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again...
  19. Dotterel

    Dotterel

    Doterel, Nort Uist 2019 (C) Glyn Evans
  20. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 9th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th May 2019. Updated throughout the day North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis 39 Pink-footed Geese flew north this afternoon Aird an Runair, North Uist 3 Dotterels were near the car park this morning and were then joined by a fourth early...
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