• 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).

  • 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 September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
Six Sooty Shearwaters flew past The Butt today

Steinis, Isle of Lewis
25 Black-tailed Godwits and 18 Knot were seen there today

Loch Paible, North Uist
A ***Baird's Sandpiper*** Curlew Sandpiper and two Stint were present early afternoon and seen again late evening on the west side of the loch

Loch Bee, South Uist
Four Little Stint were in the south-west corner late morning

Traigh Mhor, Barra
A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was seen there today

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Baird's Sandpiper (C) Ron Macdonald


Senior Member
4 Merlins south over Eoligarry in the first hour of daylight. A seawatch from Brevig this afternoon produced 1 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, c40 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel and an impressive 38 Great Skuas all going south.


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
A colour ringed Sanderling seen recently at Gress, Lewis was originally ringed in Sanday, Orkney in June 2014, a duration of 2669 days

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