• 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, 22nd February 2021. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
An immature Iceland Gull was in the harbour this morning and two Jackdaws on the roof of the Co-op (see photos below)

Rubh, Arnal, North Uist
Seven immature Glaucous and three juvenile Iceland Gulls were there this morning. A Lapland Bunting was also present.

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The *Green-winged Teal* was again seen on the loch. 40 Snow Buntings were nearby at Paiblesgarry

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
Iceland Gull one adult there today.

Smerclate, South Uist
Immature Glaucous Gull seen today.

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Iceland Gull, Stornoway (c) and courtesy of Steve Dodd

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Jackdaw (c) and courtesy of Steve Dodd