• 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

    Local Rarity 15th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan Loch, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* and summer plumage Slavonian Grebe were still on the loch today. Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A skein of 131 Pink-footed Geese flew lowish...
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 7th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis One juvenile Iceland Gull Rubh' Arnal, North Uist 112 Brent Geese, 2 Iceland and 1 Glaucous Gull were present Loch nam Feathean, North Uist Flocks of 10 and 13...
  3. Hawkeye

    5th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan Loch, Isle of Lewis A summer plumage Slavonian Grebe was on the loch this morning. Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis Two Mute Swans were on the loch at 10:45am and seen flying away at...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 30th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Vallay, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was still there today, at the west end of the island Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were again at Aird an Runair early afternoon and 2 Snow...
  5. MisterT

    26th March 2022

    2 Skiens of 40+ and 52 Greenland White-fronts flew north along Askernish machair this morning
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 25th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th March 2022. Updated throughout the day. Sollas, North Uist The single ***Cackling Goose*** was seen there again today while the adult white morph *Snow Goose* was nearby at Malacleit Migrants seen on the islands today with...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Lock na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was there again today Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 2 Glaucous Gulls (adult + juvenile) were there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis...
  8. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 11th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Balivanich, Benbecula The *Glossy Ibis* was again seen opposite Uist Hardware. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was nearby on Liniclate beach Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was again at the north...
  9. Greenland White-fronted Goose

    Greenland White-fronted Goose

    Greenland White-fronted Goose, Barra, 2022 (C) Ian Ricketts
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 7th January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th January 2022. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist An adult and 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were seen there this afternoon Askernish, South Uist A Fieldfare was there today Bruernish, Barra The *Glossy Ibis* is there again...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd January 2022. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis A Fieldfare was there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Iceland Gull was seen again at Loch Airigh na Lic. 75 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare were in the area. A...
  12. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 1st January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today in the company of 13 Tufted Duck Coot Loch, Benbecula 2 drake Pintails were seen on the loch. 10 Gannets...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Ardivachar, South Uist 21 Black-tailed Godwits and a female Pintail were at this morning. 152 Greenland White-fronted Geese were nearby on the machair to the south of Kilaulay Howmore...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. 75 Twite were by the hide and 80 Barnacle Geese were in the area Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 7...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 24th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 1CY Iceland Gull was seen in the harbour today Carinish, North Uist 5 Fieldfares was seen there today Eoligarry, Barra 19 Greenland White-fronts were seen there...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A Carrion Crow was seen there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 20 Redwing and 15 Siskins were seen in the Castle Grounds Balallan, Isle of Lewis 3 drake...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Ardmore, South Uist The female ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill this morning. A colour ringed Little Egret was also in the area early afternoon [first seen Stinky Bay on...
  18. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th November 2021

    Western Isles /Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th November 2021. Updated throughout the day Coot Loch, Benbecula A *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there this morning. 61 Greenland White-fronted Geese were also in the area Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 08:00-10:10 Weather...
  19. MisterT

    National Rarity 12th October 2021

    46 Greenland White-fronts flew south over Askernish mid-morning and a further 120+ in 3 skiens flew over in the afternoon. The Chiffchaff is still in my garden.
  20. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Large numbers of Whooper Swans, White-fronts and Barnacle Geese were reported as "moving north" throught the islands today. 220 Pink-footed Geese flew over Benbecula late afternoon and another...
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