• 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, 26th June 2022. Updated throughout the day

Scotvein, Grimsay
A Common Swift was there this morning

Lochboisdale, South Uist
Two Common Swifts was around the harbour area late evening

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:05-11:35
Weather: Wind E - ENE f4, 8/8 cloud, dull with persistent rain. Temp 12c.

A 2.5 hour seawatch this morning produced 8 Red-throated Divers (S), 4 Great Northern Divers (S), 2 Storm Petrels (S), 4 Manx Shearwaters (S), 122 Gannets (116S 6N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 1 Arctic Skua (N), 64 Razorbills (S), and 26 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 5, Eider 6, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Cormorant 12, White-tailed Eagle 2, Whimbrel 1, Turnstone 12, Arctic Tern 12, Sand Martin 14, and Starling 240