• 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, 22nd January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
An Iceland Gull was seen there early afternoon

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A 2CY Iceland Gull was in the harbour area, a different bird from that seen recently

Ardmore, South Uist
The ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill

Allasdale, Barra
The *Surf Scoter* was offshore again today


Senior Member
2 drake Green-winged Teal still at Ardmhor, juvenile Kumlien's Gull around Craigston, Surf Scoter off Allasdale, Siberian Chiffchaff, Common Chiffchaff and Fieldfare at Castlebay, 17 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Cleat plus a single at Eoligarry and 3 at Bruernish. 83 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. An adult/near adult Glaucous Gull was at Scurrival.