• 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.
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd June 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St. Kilda
3 Greenland Redpoll’s are still in the Village having been there since the 30th May.

Kyles paible, North Uist
A female type *Common Rosefinch* was seen by the Tractor Shed this evening

Rubha Mor, North Uist
A 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen there at 13:00 today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was in the bay this morning

Coot Loch, Benbecula
A drake Garganey was seen there today

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
The Viking Gull (Glaucous x Herring) was again seen on the beach

Loch Rog, South Uist
A 2CY Iceland gull flew south over the loch towards Snishival this morning

Eoligarry, Barra
A male ***Eastern Subalpine Warbler*** was seen at the church mid-afternoon and again early evening


Always Birding
Apart from the redpoll on St Kilda today, there was also a colour ringed Collared Dove! This bird (A53) was ringed here in Askernish, South Uist on 23-May-2022 and is only the second sighting from this project, the other being on Unst, Shetland in September 2017.

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Collared Dove, St Kilda (C) Craig Nisbet


Senior Member
A record shot of this afternoons male Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Eoligarry. This bird is typically elusive, mainly showing low in the sycamores behind the church, though it made one visit to the willows on the hillside.
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