• 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 15th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Upper Shader, Isle of Lewis The 3CY Iceland Gull was still there this morning and seen again on the shore this evening when a 2CY Glaucous Gull was also present Iceland Gull (C) Bill Parker
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th June 2022

    Western Isles/ Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Castlebay, Barra The 2 drake *Mandarin Ducks* continue to visit a garden there Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 06:45-10:55 Weather: Wind SW f7-8. Constant rain, murky at times out to...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen in the harbour area this afternoon Aird an Runair, North Uist 7 Long-tailed Skua flew north early morning. A further 6 Long-tailed...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 22nd May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** has returned, seen above Village Bay today Grenitote, North Uist A Brent Goose was seen there today Stinky Bay, Benbecula The 2CY drake Surf Scoter was...
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st May 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist The ***Broad-billed Sandpiper*** was seen again at the south end of the loch early afternoon and still present late evening Stinky Bay, Benbecula A drake Surf Scoter was...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A *Little Ringed Plover* was in Village Bay today. Only the second record there, the last being in 1977 Cheese Bay, North Uist A Swift was sen there today Aird an Runair, North...
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 16th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hitra, St Kilda The male Snow Bunting was again seen in Village Bay Aird an Runair, North Uist A Curlew Sandpiper was on the beach by Eilean an Rubha. A 2CY Iceland Gull and a 2CY *Mediterranean...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis An immature *White-billed Diver* was seen offshore early afternoon Scoloaig, North Uist The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig this this...
  9. 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...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 22nd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd April 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen on the loch this morning and again in the evening Holm, Isle of Lewis A pair of Shoveler were briefly on an unnamed loch...
  11. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 29th April 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th April 2019. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Isle of Lewis 3 Dotterel were in fields near to Ness Football Club stadium. A Coot, 4 Whooper Swans and 5 Pink-footed Geese were nearby on Loch Stiapabhat in the afternoon. 2 skiens of...
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    Local Rarity Mandarin Duck

    Mandarin Duck seen at Stornoway YM bridge, Jackdaws back visiting bird feeding station.Wood Pigeons enjoying a shower, laying on their sides on my path with one wing held upright in heavy rain, then swapping to the other wing followed by vigorous preening, amazing!
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    Mandarin Ducks

    Mandarin Ducks, Triagh Mhor, Barra. April 2018 (C) Pete & Racheal Hazelhurst
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