• 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, 30th March 2022. Updated throughout the day

Vallay, North Uist
The *Snow Goose* was still there today, at the west end of the island

Balranald, North Uist
The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were again at Aird an Runair early afternoon and 2 Snow Buntings were on the beach

Kyles Paible, North Uist
7 Iceland Gulls and a second-winter Glaucous Gull were there this afternoon

Loch Mor, Benbecula
10 Black-tailed Godwits were there today

Ardivachar, South Uist
556 Turnstone, 94 Purple Sandpiper, 282 Oystercatcher, 285 Sanderling, 52 Ringed Plover, 198 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Black-tailed Godwit were seen on the beach today. 14 Greenland White-fronts and 92 Barnacle Geese were nearby at Kilaulay


Senior Member
1st winter Kumlien's and Iceland Gull at Craigston this morning. 1+Green-winged Teal still at Ardmhor. A few Chiffchaffs around the island and an obvious influx of Black-headed Gulls.
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Kumlien's and Iceland Gull: not the best of friends!