• 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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Surf Scoter still with Long-tailed Ducks off Allasdale this afternoon. 2 Fieldfares near by were my first on Barra for a few weeks.


Always Birding
The recent wet, windy and cold weather saw 7 Chaffinch (3 males, 4 females) in the garden on the same day earlier in the month, a scace visitor to Askernish. Of the 3 males, 2 had been ringed elsewhere at opposite points of the compass. The first had been ringed in Uigen, Lewis on 31-July-2019 (Duration 865 days distance 117km), the second at Buaile nam Bodach, Barra on 16-October-2021 (Duration 58 days Distance 25km).

The female Blackcap is still visiting