• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
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 the beach

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The Pochard was again seen on the loch

Ardivachar, South Uist
A juvenile Iceland Gull was there early afternoon as was another at nearby North Bay

West Gerinish, South Uist
58 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Scaup were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. The juvenile Iceland Gull was again on the pools by Launch Area 2


Always Birding
A Spotted Redshank flew over Askernish calling and was seen briefly heading South to Loch Hallan. 2 Fieldfares are still around the township as was the first Lesser Black-backed Gull and Pied Wagtails of the year.