• 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.
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 11th January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Balivanich, Benbecula
The *Glossy Ibis* was again seen opposite Uist Hardware. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was nearby on Liniclate beach

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Egret was again at the north end Loch Bee of this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50-11:00
Weather: Wind WSW f4gust f7. Mix of cloud and sunny periods. Temp 7-8c

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 10 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 7 Gannets (6S 1N), 99 Shag (13S 86N), 1 Kittiwake (S), 35 Common Gulls (S), and 11 Great Black-backed Gulls (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 26, Wigeon 61, Tufted Duck 4, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 35, Golden Plover 2, Ringed Plover 41, Redshank 4, Raven 4, and Skylark 1


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At least 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and a Common Chiffchaff still by the football pitch feeding mostly among leaf litter. The Surf Scoter was still off Allasdale, 3 Greenland White-fronts were at Cleat and 3 remained at Bruernish. 6 Whooper Swans flew south over the island late morning.
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Siberian Chiffchaff