• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th April 2022. Updated throughout the day.

Tiumpan Loch, Isle of Lewis
A summer plumage Slavonian Grebe was on the loch this morning.

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
Two Mute Swans were on the loch at 10:45am and seen flying away at 11:45, it is presumed that the two Mutes on Loch an Duin at 12:3-pm were the same two birds.

Knockline, North Uist
76 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen there today

Baleshare, North Uist
46 Greenland White-fronts were seen there today

Howmore, South Uist
A single Swallow flew along the dunes


Senior Member
Kumlien's Gull on Loch Tangasdale, 9 Whooper Swans at Traigh Mhor, 3 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Greenland White-fronts at Eoligarry and an obvious influx of Lesser Black-backed Gulls including 18 around Allasdale and 10 in Vatersay township. The Jackdaw was reliably reported from Ardveenish.