• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Skigersta, Isle of Lewis
A *Common Crane* was seen flying south over the harbour at 10:02

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The Wood Sandpiper was seen there again this morning at the south end of the loch

Loch Paible, North Uist
A ***Broad-billed Sandpiper*** was seen at the south end of the loch mid-afternoon which relocated to the north end of the loch early evening. (Last recorded in 2012)

Loch Fada, Benbecula
An Osprey flew east at 12:40

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
The Viking (Herring x Glaucous) Gull was seen there again today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A single Black-tailed Godwit was seen there today

North Locheynort, South Uist
2 Siskins were there today

Loch nan Faoileann, South Uist
2 **Red-rumped Swallows** were there late afternoon

Crane (C) Natalie & Ian Ward