• 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, 16th January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Staipabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again this morning

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A 2CY Iceland Gull was was in the harbour area for most of the day

Steinish, Isle of Lewis
A Chiffchaff was seen in the plantation

Carinish, North Uist
A Fieldfare was there today

Balivanich, Benbecula
The *Glossy Ibis* was seen behind Uist Hardware this afternoon. The drake Pintail, 34 Shoveler and 26 Gadwall were nearby on Coot Loch

Carnan, South Uist
2 Bramblings are still visiting a garden there

Ardmore, South Uist
The ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill early afternoon. A Little Egret was also present.


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1st winter drake Surf Scoter still off Allasdale.
2nd winter Iceland Gull feeding on another Puffin corpse at Caolas.