• 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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  1. Hawkeye

    1st July 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sigghtings for today, 1st July 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach. 12 Black-tailed Godwits arrived in the afternoon Baleshare, North Uist 2 Black-tailed Godwits were at Loch Mor...
  2. B

    29th June 2022

    Barra 1st summer Little Gull at Eoligarry and a Common Swift flew south there.
  3. Hawkeye

    28th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Bhrusda, Berneray A Pink-footed Goose was seen amongst Greylags this afternoon
  4. Hawkeye

    27th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis The female Long-tailed Duck was seen there again today West Gerinish, South Uist 19 Black-tailed Godwits were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee today
  5. Hawkeye

    26th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Scotvein, Grimsay A Common Swift was there this morning Lochboisdale, South Uist Two Common Swifts was around the harbour area late evening Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period...
  6. Hawkeye

    25th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Eoropie, Isle of Lewis Late news of a Rose-coloured Starling seen at Dunes Park yesterday Liniclate, Benbecula A Common Swift was there this morning The Range, South Uist A Common Swift was...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sigghtings for today, 23rd June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis The Long-tailed Duck was seen there again today Loch Paible, North Uist The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach Rubha Ardvule, South Uist A ***Snowy...
  8. Hawkeye

    22nd June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen on the beach
  9. Hawkeye

    21st June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st June 2022. Updated throughout the day Tong, Isle of Lewis A Sandwich Tern was seen on the beach this afternoon Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A Long-tailed Duck was seen there today Aird an Runair, North Uist A 2CY Glaucous Gull was...
  10. Hawkeye

    19th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Clettreval, North Uist A Quail was heard calling from the road to St Kilda viewpoint
  11. 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...
  12. Hawkeye

    17th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Late News of a Pomarine Skua seen from the Berneray - Leverburgh ferry yesterday evening Borve, Berneray A House Martin was seen there today Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 15th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Upper Shader, Isle of Lewis The 3CY Iceland Gull was still there this morning and seen again on the shore this evening when a 2CY Glaucous Gull was also present Iceland Gull (C) Bill Parker
  14. 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...
  15. 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
  16. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 12th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Brevig, Isle of Lewis A Curlew Sandpiper was seen on the beach mid-afternoon. A 3CY Iceland Gull was seen nearby flying south offshore past Back football club Loch Paible, North Uist The...
  17. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th June 2022

    Western Isles/ Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Castlebay, Barra The 2 drake *Mandarin Ducks* continue to visit a garden there Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 06:45-10:55 Weather: Wind SW f7-8. Constant rain, murky at times out to...
  18. Hawkeye

    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
  19. Blyth's Reed Warbler

    Blyth's Reed Warbler

    Blyth's Reed Warbler, Castlebay, Barra, May 2022 (C) Bruce Taylor
  20. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 9th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist 2 Little Stints were on pools to the south end of the loch early morning and again seen early evening. A Viking Gull (Herring x Glaucous) was also on the beach Castlebay...
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