• 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
Eoligarry, Barra
The ****American Redstart**** was seen late morning to the relief of those travelling. It is still to be found in the sycamore trees at the back of the Church, best viewed from behind the wall on south side of the churchyard

Balgarva, South Uist
The ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was seen this morning on the salt marsh near to the white holiday cottage, opposite Hebridean Jewellery

Ormiclate, South Uist
A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was on machair there.

Bornish, South Uist
92 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on machair.

North Locheynort, South Uist
30+ Redpolls were at North Loch Eynort.

Baleshare, North Uist
2 *Buff-breasted Sandpipers*, 18 Ruff and 39 Black-tailed Godwits seen this afternoon.

Loch Sandary North Uist
Circa 20 Black-tailed Godwits were by the loch today

34 Pink-footed Geese flew over the island this afternoon


Always Birding
After seeing the Semipalmated Sandpiper at Balgarva this morning, I visited The Range where there were 7 Ruff and 21 Black-tailed Godwits at Kilaulay and 60+ Wigeon on Loch Bee , the most I have seen this autumn. Here at Askernish, the Lesser Redpolls now number circa 50 and there are 30+ Goldfinch.

Red-breasted Mergansers