• 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, 7th June 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The Quail was heard calling there again today, in the morning and afternoon. 6 Whimbrel were nearby on the machair by Ness cemetery

Tigharry, North Uist
A Quail was heard calling by the school house early afternoon

Loch Paible, North Uist
The Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were on pools to the south end of the loch early morning. The 2CY Glaucous Gull was on the beach nearby and an Iceland Gull was there late evening

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen at the east end of the loch early afternoon

Borve, Benbecula
A Quail was heard calling by Borve Guest House this morning. A drake Garganey was nearby on Coot Loch

Carnan, South Uist
A Common Redpoll was visiting a garden there

Howmore, South Uist
2 Swifts were seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
A Curlew Sandpiper was seen on the beach in south bay this morning. A Whimbrel was also in the area. 2 Curlew Sandpipers were seen on the beach by the car park in the evening

Loch Tangusdale, Barra
A Swift and a House Martin were seen there today
 
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