• 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

    National Rarity 9th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis Three Iceland Gulls were present this morning. Berneray A Snow Bunting was sen there today Aird an Runair, North Uist Two ***Cackling Geese*** were with...
  2. Hawkeye

    8th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan Loch, Isle of Lewis Slavonian Grebe still present on the loch late afternoon, nearby the two Mute Swans were still on Loch an Duin Knockline, North Uist 2 Iceland Gulls were seen there...
  3. 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...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Grenitote, North Uist 7 Snow Buntings, 96 Knot and 80 Grey Plover there today. Clachan Sands, North Uist One Great Skua was there this evening Loch Sandary, North Uist ***Cackling Goose*** on...
  5. 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...
  6. Hawkeye

    4th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A pair of Pintail were seen on the loch plus 400 Pink-feet were resting on Fivepenny machair Sands of Tong, Isle of Lewis 2 Goosanders and a Whimbrel were there...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings including 1 male at lighthouse at 10am today, 2 adult Whoopers on the loch and good numbers of Redwings flying around in Point (into 3 figures). Loch...
  8. 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...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 1st April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Bosta, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis A single House Martin was seen near the beach this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis There were still three juvenile Iceland Gulls at the harbour today...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 31st March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis Four juvenile Iceland Gulls remain in the area Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Glaucous Gull was present today RSPB Balranald, North Uist A second...
  11. 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...
  12. Hawkeye

    29th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist 4 Pintail were on Loch nam Feithean Rubh' Arnal, North Uist 5 Iceland Gulls, a Glaucous Gull, 114 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Pink-footed Goose were there today
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. MisterT

    26th March 2022

    2 Skiens of 40+ and 52 Greenland White-fronts flew north along Askernish machair this morning
  16. 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...
  17. Hawkeye

    24th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area today Carloway, Isle of Lewis 70+ Whooper Swans flew north this morning Baleshare, North Uist 14 White-fronted Geese...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd March 2022. Updated throughout the day Valtos, Isle of Lewis 8 Slavonian Grebes were seen offshore Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were at Aird an Runair this afternoon. 11 Pintail were nearby on Loch nam Feithean...
  19. Hawkeye

    22nd March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd March 2022. Updated throughout the day Balivanich, Benbecula A juvenile and second-winter Glaucous Gull and a juvenile Iceland Gull were on the beach this morning Coot Loch, Benbecula 5 Black-tailed Godwits were seen there today...
  20. Mistle Thrush

    Mistle Thrush

    Mistle Thrust, March 2022, South Uist (C) MisterT
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