• 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 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
  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
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. Blyth's Reed Warbler

    Blyth's Reed Warbler

    Blyth's Reed Warbler, Castlebay, Barra, May 2022 (C) Bruce Taylor
  8. 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...
  9. Hawkeye

    8th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The Quail was heard calling there again today, in the morning and afternoon. 6 Whimbrel were nearby on the machair by Ness cemetery Tigharry, North Uist A Quail was...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 7th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A Quail was heard calling there this afternoon Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Glaucous Gull was there mid-morning Port Mhor/Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis The Little...
  11. Hawkeye

    6th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Port Nis, Isle of lewis A pair of Long-tailed Ducks flew north this evening Hirta St Kilda An Osprey flew over Gleann Mor today, only the sixth record for the island Port Mhor, Bragar, Isle of...
  12. Marsh Warbler

    Marsh Warbler

    Marsh Warbler, St Kilda May 2022 (C) Craig Nisbet
  13. Marsh Warbler

    Marsh Warbler

    Marsh Warbler, St Kilda May 2022 (C) Craig Nisbet
  14. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 5th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A *Marsh Warbler* was in Village Bay this afternoon Butt of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull flew east early afternoon. A Whimbrel was also in the area Leurbost, Isle of Lewis A...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 4th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Lochmaddy, North Uist An adult Long-tailed skua was seen for the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry this evening Carinish, North Uist A House Martin was seen in the township today Rubha Ardvule, South Uist 2...
  16. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 3rd June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd June 2022. Updated throughout the day Bayhead, North Uist A *Bee-eater* was seen on wires just south of Ashdall Cottages then flew south towards Loch Paible. Presumably the same bird was later heard flying over Balranald (Also see...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd June 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St. Kilda 3 Greenland Redpoll’s are still in the Village having been there since the 30th May. Kyles paible, North Uist A female type *Common Rosefinch* was seen by the Tractor Shed this...
  18. Hawkeye

    1st June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st June 2022. Updated throughout the day Clachan an Luib, North Uist A Siskin was seen there today Loch Mor, Benbecula A Garganey was there this morning. 12 Black-tailed Godwits were also in the area Ardivachar Point, South Uist The...
  19. Hawkeye

    31st May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st May 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A Little Stint was seen there today Ardivachar Point, South Uist A Curlew Sandpiper was still present late morning
  20. Broad-billed Sandpiper

    Broad-billed Sandpiper

    Broad-billed Sandpiper, North Uist, May 2022 (C) Mark Sullivan
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