• 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

    New - now available as an ebook

National Rarity 13th December 2021


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 13th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** is still present around Village Bay

Stornoway, Lewis
4 Bramblings were visiting a garden feeder there. A flock of 57 Redwings consisting of both races were in the Castle Grouunds

Carinish, North Uist
The Chiffchaff was still there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:15-11:45
Weather: Wind WSW f5 gust f7. Mostly sunny periods. Temp 5-7 c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Eider (N), 3 Long-taile Ducks (2S 1N), 13 Red-throated Divers (12S 1N), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 8 Gannets (7S 1N), 38 Shag (N), 1 Cormorant (S), and 34 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 54, Gadwall 5, Wigeon 36, Tufted Duck 19, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 28, Hen Harrier [female type]1, White-tailed Eagle 1, Ringed Plover 72, Whimbrel 9, Sanderling 55, Purple Sandpiper 3, Snipe 1, Redshank 4, Common Gull 55, Hooded Crow 3, Raven 1, Rock Pipit 1

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Snowy Owl (C) Soay Sheep Project. Drake Goldeneye (C) Steve Dodd


Always Birding
The female Blackcap is still visiting gardens here in Askernish and 4 Fieldfares were around the township this afternoon