• 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, 23rd January 2022. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was seen there today

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
A 2CY Iceland Gull was there this morning

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
A 2CY Iceland Gull was there mid-morning and another was patrolling the east side of The Braighe

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Brambling is still visiting a garden there

Eochar, South Uist
A Little Egret was near Hebridean Jewellery this morning

Traigh Mhor, Barra
A juvenile Glaucous Gull was there early afternoon


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A dead Little Auk on the strandline at Traigh Bhialais today was the forth such casualty we've encountered in the past ten days.