• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
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 sea. Temp 12c.

A 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 3 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 34 Fulmars (33S 1N), 171 Manx Shearwaters (S), 258 Gannets (254S 4N), 26 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 4 Razorbills (S), and 20 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area was 1 Shelduck