• 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, 26th September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit***, female ***Snowy Owl*** and Greenland Redpoll were still on the island today, as was a newly arrived Spotted Flycatcher

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
Seven Pink-footed Geese made a brief stopover this morning. The immature male *Ring-necked Duck* was there in the evening and a Snow Bunting was nearby at the Butt of Lewis

Balranald, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull was seen on the reserve this morning

Eochar, South Uist
Three Little Stints were seen on the mudflats opposite Hebridean Jewellery this morning

West Gerinish, South Uist
A Little Stint was in the south-west corner of Loch Bee

Drimsdale, South Uist
300 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the machair there

Aird-mhicheil, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on the machair just to the south of the road to cemetery

Ormiclate, South Uist
At least one *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was again on the machair amongst Golden Plover to the west of Loch Toronais

Kildonan, South Uist
The ***Todd's Canada Goose*** was agin seen on the township machair

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Buff-bellied Pipit & Spotted Flycatcher (C) Craig Nisbet