• 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, 6th June 2022. Updated throughout the day

Port Nis, Isle of lewis
A pair of Long-tailed Ducks flew north this evening

Hirta St Kilda
An Osprey flew over Gleann Mor today, only the sixth record for the island

Port Mhor, Bragar, Isle of Lewis
The Little Stint was seen there again today

Loch Portain, North Uist
An Osprey flew north this afternoon

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

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Osprey, St Kilda (C) St Kilda Rangers
 
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