• 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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National Rarity 23rd December 2021


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. A single Whooper Swan was also on the loch plus 78 Barnacle Geese and 5 Redwing were in the area

Carinish, North Uist
A Fieldfare was seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:20-11:35
Weather: Wind E f4-5, 8/8 cloud, dull with rain. Temp 7c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 3 Long-taile Ducks (N), 10 Red-throated Divers (1S 9N), 4 Gannets (1S 3N), and 38 Shag (7S 31N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 22, Gadwall 3, Wigeon 35, Pintail 1, Tufted Duck 19, Long-tailed Duck 3, Red-throated Diver 9, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 18, Curlew 6, Great Black-backed Gull 8, Little Auk 1, Merlin 1 [chasing a Skylark which took refuge under the car], Hooded Crow 8, Raven 7, Skylark 1, and an Otter