• 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, 4th October. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The **Short-toed Lark** and only one ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** were seen there today. A male Blackcap and the first Redwing of the autumn were also on the island

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** and 4 *Ringed-necked Ducks* were still present today as were 2 Pectoral Sandpipers

Croir, Isle of Lewis
A Blackcap is visiting a garden there. 320 Pink-feet in two Skeins flew over today

Ardroil, Isle of Harris
At least one Brambling was seen there today

Balranald, North Uist
A Lapland Bunting was seen on the reserve late morning. Two Pintail were also present

Baleshare, North Uist
The juvenile *American Golden Plover* was still at Teanamachar this morning

West Gerinish South Uist
Late news of a ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** being present in the southwest corner of Loch Bee on Saturday (2nd October)

Bornish, South Uist
A *Common Rosefinch* was visiting a garden there in the afternoon. 36 Pink-footed Geese and 47 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby on Bornish machair

Morgan, Barra
The *Kingfisher* was seen there today

Nask, Barra
The Pied Flycatcher was again seen this morning as was a Barred Warbler later in the day

Brevig, Barra
A *Common Rosefinch* Yellow-browed Warbler and Barred Warbler were there today

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Short-toed Lark, Blackcap, (C) Craig Nisbet