• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st April 2022. Updated throughout the day

Kinlochroag, Isle of Lewis
A Cuckoo was heard calling there this morning. Others were calling at Crossbost, Lewis and North Locheynort, South Uist

Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was again on the loch this morning. Also present were 99 Great Black-backed Gulls of various ages

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
169 Long-tailed Ducks were on the loch this morning. A single Pink-footed Goose was also in the area

Balemore, North Uist
A Corncrake was calling there this morning

Peninerine, South Uist
300+ Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew north-west this morning


Senior Member
The Kumlien's Gull was still at Borve and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. Lots of summer migrants around today including my first Grasshopper Warbler of the year at Glen and 4 Common Sandpipers at Caolas, Vatersay. Today was the first day since October that I haven't seen a Redwing!