• 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

    New - now available as an ebook

Chris Johnson

Senior Member
WeBS Count today - Ardivachar:
The most noticable influx was oystercatcher with 346. A nice showing of purple sandpipers at 300+ (I'm sure good numbers winter there every year but high tides are necessary to get them flighting). Other waders: turnstones, 131; sanderlings, c200; ringed plovers, 3. Gulls: common, 30; herring, 78; greater black-backed, 12; black-headed, 26. Cormorants, 20; shelducks, 18; mallards, 3.
North Bay:
Oystercatchers, 91; sanderlings, 5; curlews, 3; ringed plovers, 2; turnstones, 77; common gulls, 103; greater blacked-backed gulls, 10; mallards, 4; great northern diver, 1; gannet, 1.
The most obvious ommision is the bar-tailed godwits. They were probably in the ford waiting for the tide to drop.