• 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 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...
  2. 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...
  3. MisterT

    18th March 2022

    Whoopers on the move with 3 skiens passing south over Askernish early morning plus another 12 on Keepers Loch. A very vocal Siberian Chiffchaff was in the garden again. The Grey Plover was still on the machair with Golden Plover
  4. Hawkeye

    17th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Clachan, South Uist A Little Egret was seen there this afternoon Tipperton, South Uist 17 Barnacle Geese and 14 Whooper Swans flew in from the south late afternoon
  5. 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
  6. Hawkeye

    15th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 7 juvenile Iceland Gulls and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were in the inner harbour area today
  7. 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...
  8. Hawkeye

    13th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 5 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the inner harbour area today Balivanich, Benbecula The juvenile Glaucous Gull and the 2 Iceland Gulls (adult + juvenile) were again on...
  9. Whooper Swan

    Whooper Swan

    Whooper Swan, South Uist, March 2022 (C) MisterT
  10. Hawkeye

    12th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls still in the inner harbour area today Steinish, Isle of Lewis 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 50 Knot were seen ther today
  11. MisterT

    11th March 2022

    A welcome visitor to the garden in the form of a Siberian Chiffchaff this afternoon. It looked quite at home for a while until this guy showed up, after which it was not seen again. 4 Fieldfare and 14 Redwing were also around Askernish township Male Sparrowhawk
  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 5th March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th March 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch nam Feithean, North Uist 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were with Barnacles on the south side of the loch Loch Sandary, North Uist Another ***Cackling Goose*** was there this afternoon Culla Bay...
  18. 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...
  19. Hawkeye

    3rd March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still seen in the harbour area today Baleshare, North Uist 10 Snow Buntings were there today
  20. Hawkeye

    2nd March 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd March 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 4 juvenile Iceland Gulls were seen in the harbour area early afternoon Borve, Barra The juvenile Kunlien's Gull was seen there again today
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