• 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, 8th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta St Kilda
The ***American Buff-bellied Pipit***, the female ***Snowy Owl*** and **Short-toed Lark** were still present today. 25 Snow Bunting, 8 Pink-feet, 2 Brent Geese, the Long-tailed Duck and Slavonian Grebe were also on the island. A grounded Storm Petrel fledgling was ringed prior to release and the two Leach's Petrel's reported as being "trapped and ringed" were simply monitored in one of the purpose built nest boxes.

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on the machair at the north end of the loch. Two Bramblings were nearby in Port of Ness

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
The drake Surf Scoter was again seen from the Seilebost road viewpoint this morning 11 Common Scoter were also present. Three Whooper Swans and 20+ Pink-footed Geese were in Seilebost

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was there this morning

Grenitote, North Uist
30 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 150 Barnacle Geese were there today

Balranald, North Uist
Two Pintail, 500 Barnacle Geese and three Whooper Swans were seen on the reserve today

Morghan. Isle of Barra
The *Kingfisher* was seen there again today although it remains elusive.

Castlebay, Barra
The Yellow-browed Warbler was still around the football pitch this morning

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American Buff-bellied Pipit (C) Craig Nisbet


Senior Member
Yellow-browed Warblers at Castlebay, Nask and Cuithir today plus Greenland White-front still among Greylags at Eoligarry and a Black-tailed Godwit nearby. 22 Whooper Swans were on Loch Tangasdale and the Shoveler was near at Loch na Doirlinn.