• 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

    National Rarity 14th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th April 2022. Updated rhroughout the day Barvas, Isle of Lewis A female Blackcap was near the township early this morning. Tiumpan Loch, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was still on the loch today as was the summer plumage...
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 13th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Merlin, 20 Redwing, 14 Golden Plover and a first-winter Iceland Gull were in Village Bay today Tiumpan Loch, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* and Slavonian Grebe...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 12th April 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was again seen in Village Bay. A Purple Sandpiper was also present. A scarce bird there Loch an Tiumpan, Lewis The drake *Ring-necked* and the summer plumage...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Butt of Lewis, Isle of Lewis Five Snow Buntings were present Valley Island, North Uist A ***Cackling Goose*** was on the West Side of the island. Aird an Runair, North Uist The two...
  5. 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...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Butt of Lewis A Black Redstart was seen in the lighthouse compound today Clachan Sands, North Uist 180 Pinkfeet heading NW at 1720 broke formation and headed back SW, eventually appearing to...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 28th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. A *White-billed Diver* was nearby at Skigersta Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 5 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st match 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and 5 Pink-footed Geese were there this afternoon. A Wheatear was nearby at Eoropie Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 4CY Iceland Gull was...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen today for the fist time this year Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and the drake *Ring-necked Duck* were again on the...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** and a drake *Ring-necked Duck* were seen there today. A Carrion Crow was also in the area
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there today Balivanich, Benbecula The juvenile Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach Coot Loch, Benbecula The drake...
  12. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th March 2022. Updated throughout the day North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis An adult Iceland Gull was on the beach there Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 6 juvenile Iceland Gulls were seen in the inner harbour area today Bunavoneader, Isle of...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 9th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis Three 2CY Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area late afternoon Baleshare, North Uist A juvenile Glaucous Gull was there this afternoon Balavanich, Benbecula 2 Iceland...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 8th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Balavanich, Benbecula The juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls (adult + juvenile) were again on the beach by the airport Coot Loch, Benbecula The female ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 7th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 7th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Bunavoneader, Isle of Harris 2 Iceland Gulls (adult + juvenile) were seen by the whaling station late afternoon Grenitote, North Uist The *Snow Goose* was seen on the machair there this afternoon...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 7 Iceland Gulls (6 juveniles +3rd-winter) were seen in the harbour area today Loch Sandary, North Uist The ***Cackling Goose*** was there again this afternoon Coot...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 4th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were there today Coot Loch, Benbecula The female ***Lesser Scaup*** and a drake Pintail were there again today...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 1st March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st March 2022. Updated throughout the day Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was seen there again this afternoon
  19. 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...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen there again today Loch na Reivil, North Uist An Iceland Gull was there today Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was...
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