• 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.
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Local Rarity 20th December 2017


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On Barra today, juvenile Iceland gulls were at Ardveenish and Traigh Mhor. 58 brent geese were also at Traigh Mhor. Over the last couple of winters this flock of brents have disappeared in late Dec/early Jan before numbers build up again in late Feb. It'll be interesting to see if the same happens this year. As others have recently commented, there seems to be more meadow pipits around this winter along with more skylarks and redwings.


Always Birding
A Little Egret was again at Loch na Liana Moire, Frobost today. I reckon that there must be 2 birds here as I regularly see one at both Frobost and Hallan on alternate days but I have not yet seen both on the same day. A Water Rail was in Bills Garden this morning.

Song Thrush


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Four Pintail (one ♂) were on Loch nam Feithean, North Uist this morning.
_DSC1466.JPG Corn Bunting still showing remnants of juvenile plumage.