• 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, 22nd December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Aignish, Isle of Lewis
29 Common Scoters, 10 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe were seen offshore. Also present in the area were 63 Knot, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 66 Bar-tailed Godwits and a single Redwing

Carinish, North Uist
The Chiffchaff was still there this morning

Baleshare, North Uist
7 Common Scoters were seen offshore