• 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 28th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A female *Bluethroat* and a Snow Bunting were seen there today. A Spotted flycatcher was seen there on Thursday (26th May) Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Iceland Gull was seen...
  2. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 18th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The *Little Ringed Plover* was still there this morning. Also present were 2 Yellow Wagtails (male thunbergi + female), 2 Whitethoats, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whooper...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hitra, St Kilda A male Snow Bunting, Chiffchaff, 60 Great Skuas, 30 Wheatears, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Swallows and a Blackbird were a few of the birds seen there today as part of Global Big Day Tiumpan...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 6th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist A *White-billed Diver* was seen off Aird an Runair this morning. 5 Pomarine and 4 Long-tailed Skuas 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and 32 Whimbrel passed north between 07:00 -...
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 26th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Isle of Lewis Circa 200 Pink-feet were on the machair this morning Valasay, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was on a small loch there. A Pink-footed Goose was...
  6. Hawkeye

    19th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still to be found in the harbour area Hosta, North Uist A Glaucous Gull was at St. Clements Chapel today Aird an Runair, North Uist 1...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Butt of Lewis, Isle of Lewis Five Snow Buntings were present Valley Island, North Uist A ***Cackling Goose*** was on the West Side of the island. Aird an Runair, North Uist The two...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Grenitote, North Uist 7 Snow Buntings, 96 Knot and 80 Grey Plover there today. Clachan Sands, North Uist One Great Skua was there this evening Loch Sandary, North Uist ***Cackling Goose*** on...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings including 1 male at lighthouse at 10am today, 2 adult Whoopers on the loch and good numbers of Redwings flying around in Point (into 3 figures). Loch...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 30th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Vallay, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was still there today, at the west end of the island Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were again at Aird an Runair early afternoon and 2 Snow...
  11. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Siskin was seen there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 4 juvenile Icleland Gulls are still in the harbour area Shawbost, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings and 2 Wheatear were there...
  12. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd March 2022. Updated throughout the day Valtos, Isle of Lewis 8 Slavonian Grebes were seen offshore Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were at Aird an Runair this afternoon. 11 Pintail were nearby on Loch nam Feithean...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st match 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and 5 Pink-footed Geese were there this afternoon. A Wheatear was nearby at Eoropie Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 4CY Iceland Gull was...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 9th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis Three 2CY Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area late afternoon Baleshare, North Uist A juvenile Glaucous Gull was there this afternoon Balavanich, Benbecula 2 Iceland...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 7th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 7th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Bunavoneader, Isle of Harris 2 Iceland Gulls (adult + juvenile) were seen by the whaling station late afternoon Grenitote, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was seen on the machair there this afternoon...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist The two ***Cackling Geese*** were near the visitor centre and 30 Snow Buntings were seen on the reserve, The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again nearby on Loch nam...
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    Snow Buntings

    Snow Buntings, South Uist 2022 (C) Hebridean Imaging
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Clisham, Isle of Harris A single Snow Bunting was seen on Uisgnaebhal this morning Coot Loch, Benbecula The female ***Lesser Scaup*** was still there this morning Clachan, South Uist 2 of...
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd February 2022. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An adult Iceland Gull flew south mid-morning. Circa 700 Cormorant/Shag were also in the area, at roost and on the sea Steinish, Isle of Lewis A Common Chiffchaff...
  20. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 25th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch na Meallaird, Benbecula The *Glossy Ibis* was there again today, viewed from the Aird road Culla Bay, Benbecula 44 Snow Buntings were at the north end of the bay this morning
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