• 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, 25th September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and a single Pectoral Sandpiper were still on the island today

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at the south end of the loch this afternoon. The Coot was also still present

Baleshare, North Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen there today

Ormiclate, South Uist
The two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* were again on the machair with circa 300 Golden Plover to the west of Loch Toronais. 2 Whimbrel were nearby at Rubha Ardvule

Kildonan, South Uist
A possible ***Richardson's Cackling Goose*** was reported as being seen on the township machair before flying east and landing out of view
Later relocated with Greylags and identified as a ***Todd's Canada Goose***

Lochboisdale, South Uist
A Leach's Petrel and 5 Storm Petrels were seen "at sea" from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry

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Pectoral Sandpiper (C) Brian Rabbitts