• 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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Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Buff-bellied Pipit***, ***Snowy Owl***, Greenland Redpoll and Pale-bellied Brent Goose were still present today. A **Short-toed Lark** and Greenland White-fronted Goose were also on the island

Eoropie, Isles of Lewis
Nine Snow Buntings were feeding on the machair early afternoon. A **Lesser Yellowlegs** was nearby at the north end of Loch Stiapabhat. Four *Ring-necked Ducks* were reported as being present this evening

A juvenile Sabine's Gull, 3 Sooty Shearwaters and 2 Storm Petrels were seen "at sea" on the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry this morning

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The Pectoral Sandpiper was still present this morning

Ardivachar, South Uist
20 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south this morning

North Locheynort, South Uist
50 Pink-footed Geese flew over south-east Loch this afternoon. A Chiffchaff was also there

Nask, Barra
A juvenile *Common Rosefinch* was seen there this morning

Castlebay, Barra
A *Kingfisher* was on the river by the football pitch this morning
 

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Trying to find a colour ring project is sometimes hard enough to find for live birds, but when there is only one leg, it becomes almost impossible. BUT....., with some great detective work by Pete Potts and associates, this leg found on North Uist early in the month belonged to a Redshank originally ringed in 2014.

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