• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
A Pink-footed Goose, Gadwall and 3 Goldeneye were there today

Gress Beach, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south along the coast and 4 Velvet Scoters were seen offshore

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
3 juvenile Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area this morning. An adult was there later in the afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00-10:45
Weather: Wind WSW f6-7, cloudy with occasional light rain. Temp 10c.

A near 2 hour seawatch produced 1 Eider (S), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 58 Shag (2S 56N), 34 Common Gulls (S), and 8 Great Black-backed Gulls (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 52, Wigeon 39, Tufted Duck 2, Cormorant 28, Merlin 1, Hooded Crow 1, Raven 12, and Twite 15


Always Birding
Small but ever increasing numbers of Barnacle Geese have been overwintering on South Uist in the past few years not only on Kilaulay machair but also in the Boisdale / Kilbride area. Today, the number there had grown to 68.
At least one Fieldfare is still here in Askernish

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Flyby White-tailed Eagle