• 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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  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

    Local Rarity 27th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist 2 Pomarine and 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew north early morning Stinky Bay, Benbecula The drake Surf Scoter was seen offshore this morning and again in the afternoon. A 2CY...
  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

    Scottish Rarity 25th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull were in the harbour area this afternoon Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 2 female Long-tailed Ducks were seen on the loch this morning...
  5. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 24th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Ardheisker, North Uist An immature Glaucous Gull was on the shore at the southern end of the Committee Road this evening Loch Paible, North Uist The 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen there again today...
  6. 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...
  7. Surf Scoter

    Surf Scoter

    2CY Surf Scoter, Stinky Bay, Benbecula, May 2022 (C) Andrew Stevenson
  8. 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...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2022. Updated throughout the day New Tolsta, Isle of Lewis A drake Surf Scoter was reported as being offshore Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Stornoway landfill site Aird an Runair, North Uist 16...
  10. 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...
  11. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 7th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Iceland Gulls (third-winter + juvenile) were by the coastguard station early afternoon Bunavoaeder, Isle of Harris The adult Glaucous Gull was there again this...
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 31st January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st January 2022. Updated throughout the day Carinish, North Uist A Jack Snipe was there today Clachan, South Uist 2 Little Egrets were there again this morning but very mobile. 2 Fieldfares were on the wires early morning Craigston...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 Brambling are visiting a garden there Tong, Isle of Lewis A Fieldfare was seen there today North Ford...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 24th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch na Meallaird, Benbecula The *Glossy Ibis* was there again today Ardmore, South Uist The ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill this morning Loch Grogarry, South Uist A...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 22nd January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An Iceland Gull was seen there early afternoon Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Brambling and Siskin are still visiting a garden there Sollas, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was seen there again today. A Pink-footed Goose was also in the area and...
  17. YvonneB

    Local Rarity 18th January 2022

    A Little Egret flew in to the loch opposite the house this morning (Askernish, South Uist), a welcome addition to my patch list :)
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 17th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th January 2022. Updated throghout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Iceland Gull was was in the harbour area again today Balranald, North Uist The pair of ***Cackling Geese*** were by Loch Scarie and the drake...
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Staipabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was was in the harbour area for most of the day...
  20. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 14th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Chiffchaff (possibly Siberian) was there for the second day. A Goldeneye was also seen on the loch Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Brambling is still visiting a...
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