• 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.
  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was there again today

Butt of Lewis
An immature *White-billed Diver* was seen offshore this afternoon. A Pink-footed Goose was in nearby fields

Habost, Isle of Lewis
A *Crane* was there early afternoon

Eilean Stocanais, Isle of Harris
A *White-billed Diver* was reported as being to the west of the island

Rueval, Benbecula
An Osprey was seen there early afternoon

Loch Paible, North Uist
A 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen at the mouth of the loch

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY drake Surf Scoter was seen to the south of the late morning

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
The Viking Gull (Glaucous x Herring) was still there this morning. 22 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch an t-Saile

Loch nan Faoileann, Daliburgh, South Uist
A single **Red-rumped Swallow** was seen there this morning to the north of Daliburgh school

Crane, Habost, Ness 23-May-2022.jpg
Crane, Habost, Isle of Lewis (C) Sam Hawkins