• 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

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  1. Hawkeye

    18th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Upper Shader, Isle of Lewis 2 2CY Glaucous Gull were present this evening Griminish Point, North Uist A 2 hour sea-watch early afternoon (13:45 - 15:45) produced 560+ Manx Shearwaters, 46...
  2. Hawkeye

    14th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Upper Shader, Isle of Lewis A 3CY Iceland Gull was seen on the sea this evening Borve, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen on the cliffs this evening Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A Swift...
  3. Hawkeye

    13th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Howmore, South Uist The Common Scoter was again offshore today
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    10th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A House Martin was there this afternoon Howmore, South Uist A Common Scoter was seen offshore today
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    Local Rarity 24th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda 2 Siskin and a Linnet were in Village Bay today. The Siskin is the first known record on St Kilda since 1999 and the Linnet is only the eighth record there Loch an Tiumpan, Isle...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Siskin was seen there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 4 juvenile Icleland Gulls are still in the harbour area Shawbost, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings and 2 Wheatear were there...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Scarista, Isle of Harris A single Common Scoter was offshore this morning Balranald, North Uist A single ***Cackling Goose*** was with Barnacle Geese near Balranald House and another 2 were...
  8. Hawkeye

    22nd December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd December 2021. Updated throughout the day Aignish, Isle of Lewis 29 Common Scoters, 10 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe were seen offshore. Also present in the area were 63 Knot, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 66 Bar-tailed Godwits...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of lewis The ***Lesser Scaup*** was still present this morning. 80 Barnacle geese were also in the area. Melbost, Isle of Lewis 16 Common Scoter, 4 Slavonian Grebes, 30...
  10. Hawkeye

    Mega!!! 6th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis A ****Fea's / Desertas Petrel**** flew past there this morning. Also 8 Sooty Shearwaters and 9 Storm Petrels flew past between 08:10-10:20 Back, Isle of Lewis Five...
  11. Hawkeye

    3rd September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd Septemnber 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Black Redstart was in Village Bay this evening. This was later identified as a Common Redstart. Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis Five Sooty Shearwaters flew past between 11:00...
  12. Hawkeye

    29th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th August 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A Coot and a juvenile Ruff were seen there this morning Bragar, Isle of Lewis 11 Common Scoter were seen briefly at Port Mhor Bhragair late morning Hougharry...
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    National Rarity 28th July 2021

    Barra. The Subalpine Warbler at Cuithir showed briefly as the rain stopped at lunchtime before going to ground again.
  14. Hawkeye

    6th July 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th July 2021. Updated throughout the day Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris 40 Common Scoter were seen there today Callernish House, North Uist A Tree Sparrow and a Chiffchaff were seen there today. 24 Black-tailed Godwits were resting...
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    National Rarity 29th June 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th June 2021. Updated throughout he day St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there in the afternoon and a Pectoral Sandpiper was seen in the evening, the first spring record Sound of Taransay, Harris 58 Common Scoters were seen...
  16. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Carrion Crow was there this afternoon Back, Lewis Circa 25-30 Pink-feet and a Barnacle Goose were seen there today Balelone, North Uist 98 Barnacle Geese came in from the sea...
  17. Hawkeye

    28th February 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th February 2021. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Iceland Gull was still in the harbour area as was a Lesser Black-backed Gull Carinish, North Uist A Fieldfare was seen in the township today...
  18. Hawkeye

    5th January 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th January 2021. Updated throughout the day Broad Bay, Stonoway, Isle of Lewis At least 850 Eiders, 59 Common Scoters, 10 Velvet Scoters and hundreds of displaying Long-tailed Ducks were counted mainly on the south side of the Bràigh...
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    Scottish Rarity 7th December 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th December 2020. Updated throughout the day. The Sound of Taransay A drake Surf Scoter, 420 Common Scoter, 42 Slavonian Grebe, 240 Eider and 85 Long-tailed Duck were sen there today Ardivachar, South Uist A **Lesser Yellowlegs** was...
  20. Hawkeye

    2nd December 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd December 2020. Updated throughout the day Balivanich, Benbecula A female Common Scoter was seen offshore Ardivachar, South Uist A 1CY Iceland Gull and Lapland Bunting were to the south on Eochar machair Carnan, South Uist Two...
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