• 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).

  • 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

    New - now available as an ebook

Is that an eagle?

Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Many visitors come to the islands with the hope of seeing an eagle but sometimes leave unsure as to whether that bird in the distance was the real thing. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have produced many on-line identification guides including one on eagles which can be seen here. It not only shows how to differentiate between Golden and White-tailed Eagle but also shows how to eliminate Common Buzzard

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