• 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, 26th April 2019. Updated throughout the day

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was on the loch again early afternoon along with 4 Black-tailed Godwits. A Ruff was seen nearby on Loch Fada

Eoligarry, Barra
A single Pink-footed Goose was there this morning

Photo courtesy of and (c) Ian Ricketts


Always Birding
30+ Whimbrel and 72 very smart looking summer plumage Golden Plover were on the machair at Askernish this morning. 2 Moorhen (possibly a pair) were on the golf club pond which is a rare sight and 3 Common Sandpipiers were around Loch Hallan. A gathering of 20+ Curlew and 50 Golden Plover were at Orasay while another 26 Whimbrel and 2 Whooper Swans were at Garrynamonie. 4 pair of Shoveler and a Common Sandpiper were at Eilean nan Ramh, Dalibrough

A female Blackcap was in the garden late this evening

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Purple Sandpiper


Senior Member
There was a Tree Sparrow at Caolas, Vatersay this afternoon. Surprisingly it was feeding on the beach among the piles of rotting seaweed with the waders and White Wagtails. Not typical Tree Sparrow habitat!