• 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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MisterT

Always Birding
News of another 4 birds ringed here at Askernish and controlled (caught and released) on Barra continues the show interchange between the two islands.

Firstly, 2 juvenile Lesser Redpolls ringed on 26-July 2021 and 19-August-2021 were both in Castlebay on 05-October, and then a male Chaffinch ringed on 20-September-2021 was in Bruernish on 09-October, and aGoldfinch ringed on 05-March-2021 was also in Bruinish on 12-October.

The female Blackcap is still visiting the garden

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Bruce

Senior Member
Barra
Glossy Ibis at Bruernish this afternoon. This bird seems to be rather mobile and was apparently seen about a week ago on the roadside at Bogach. Also today, Surf Scoter still off Allasdale and 2 Common Chiffchaffs and a Fieldfare at Castlebay.

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Glossy Ibis.
 
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