• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 31st December 2018. Updated throughout the day

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was again seen on the loch

Nunton, Benbecula
An Iceland Gull was in a field next to Nunton House Hostel

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:45 - 10:50
Weather: Wind SW F6-7, 8/8 cloud, rain, dull and murky at sea at times. Temp 10C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (S), 14 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Great Northern Divers (S), 5 Gannets (S), 15 Shag (N) and 1 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Mute Swan 2, Wigeon 35, Tufted Duck 6, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 12 and Purple Sandpiper 3
 
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