• 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, 22nd May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** has returned, seen above Village Bay today

Grenitote, North Uist
A Brent Goose was seen there today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY drake Surf Scoter was there again this morning and still present early afternoon. An Osprey was seen later at Nunton

Loch nan Faoileann, Daliburgh, South Uist
The 2 **Red-rumped Swallows** were there again this morning to the north of Daliburgh school. They are also seen on Loch nan Clacha-Mora behind the Co-op. A single bird was seen late afternoon

A Whinchat, Sedge Warbler and Corncrake were seen on the island yesterday


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A late Redwing at Castlebay today plus the 2 Mandarins still. Nice to see a mixed flock of c100 Ringed Plovers and Sanderling flying out to sea at Scurrival this evening once the heaviest of the rain passed.