• 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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National Rarity 25th December 2021


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

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

Mingarry, South Uist
4 Fieldfares were there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:25-11:15
Weather: Wind SE f4-5, bright and sunny. Temp 5 c.

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 23 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 2 Eider (S), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (1S 1N), 4 Red-throated Divers (3S 1N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 8 Gannets ((5S 3N), 32 Shag (14S 18N), 5 Kittiwakes (3S 2N), 2 Razorbills (S), and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 4, Wigeon 33, Teal 9, Tufted Duck 13, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 17, White-tailed Eagle 3, Lapwing 53, Golden Plover 4, Curlew 24, Purple Sandpiper 11, Great Black-backed Gull 8, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 6, Raven 8, Skylark 1, and an Otter