• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th October 2021. Updated throughout the day.

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The Little Egret was seen there again this morning

Tong, Isle of Lewis
Three Snow Buntings were there today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** was still there this morning and seen again this evening

Eochar, South Uist
A *Snow Goose* and three Lapland Buntings were seen on the machair early afternoon

Morghan, Barra
The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at North Bay House. A Ring Ouzel and circa 12 Fieldfares were also on the island. (See Bruce's post below)

Rubha Ardvule, Isle of South Uist
A 1CY *Mediterranean Gull* seen there this morning and a Grey Phalarope, Pomarine Skua and Arctic Skua flew south just offshore
Alaso a 4 hour seawatch produced 8 Eider (7S 1N), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 7 Red-throated Divers (S), 11 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Sooty Shearwater (S), 1 Manx Shearwater (S), 815 Gannets (813S 2N), 3 Shag (1S 2N), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 605 Kittiwakes (S), 6 Common Gulls (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 2 Guillemots (S), 8 Razorbill (S), 2 Black Guillemots (S), and 64 auk sp (S).
Also in the area were Greylag Goose 12, Tufted Duck 8, Red-throated Diver 1, Black-tailed Godwit 64, Turnstone 8, and Rock Dove 80. 150 Black-tailed Godwits were also in the area
 

Bruce

Senior Member
Barra
A decent arrival of thrushes today. Both Icelandic and Scandinavian Redwings were widespread in good numbers, Ring Ouzels were at Morghan and Creachan along with a scattering of Fieldfares. At least one of the Little Egrets remained at Morghan as did the RB Flycatcher. I had an interesting hours seawatch off Borve this afternoon, immediately before the wind veered north and the rain hit. A minimum of 56 Sooty Shearwaters and 2000 Kittiwakes flew south during the hour, although at times visibility was poor, so the true numbers may have been higher. 13 Whooper Swans dropped in at Brevig Bay in the late afternoon, presumably seeking shelter from the northerly gale. A further 12 joined them at dusk.
 
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