• 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, 27th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again today. 75 Twite were by the hide and 80 Barnacle Geese were in the area

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
7 Goldeneye and 3 Long-tailed Ducks were there today

Ardmore, South Uist
The colour-ringed Little Egret was seen there again this afternoon

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee. 4 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby in North Bay

Loch Bee, South Uist
5 Greenland White-fronts were on the west side of the loch and 73 Whooper Swans were seen from the causeway and 7 Scaup were amongst the 500 Tufted Ducks. 5 Fieldfares were seen in the southwest corner

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:10-11:45
Weather: Wind S f 3, 8/8 cloud, some showers. Temp 10 - 11c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 13 Red-throated Divers (S), 5 Gannets (4S 1N), 61 Shag (8S 53N), 2 Cormorants (S), 2 Kittiwakes (S), and 1 auk sp.
Also present in the are were Greylag Goose 16, Wigeon 34, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 9, Red-breasted Merganser 3, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 18, White-tailed Eagle 1, Golden Plover 2, Curlew 8, Bar-tailed Godwit 35, Black-headed Gull 1, Great Black-backed Gull 7, Rock Dove 17, Raven 12, Skylark 6, Snow Bunting 4, and an Otter