• 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).

  • 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, 3rd May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
3 Arctic Skuas were seen heading north this morning

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
2 Pink-feet were on the loch this morning. 5 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows were also present

Balranald, North Uist
The 2 Garganey (one drake) were again seen on Loch nam Feithean this morning

Balemore, North Uist
A flock of 117 Whimbrel were there late afternoon

Coot Loch, Benbecula
2 drake Garganey were seen on the loch this morning

Carnan, North Uist
A Common Redpoll is still visiting a garden there

Howmore, South Uist
10 Whimbrel and 5 Arctic Tern were seen there today


Senior Member
The Kumlien's Gull was at Castlebay this morning. Several small flocks of Whimbrel around the island.
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Kumlien's Gull