• 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, 31st December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** and 270+ Snow Buntings were on the machair there and a drake Pintail on the sea.

Loch Mor, Benbecula
7 Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen there today

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:25 - 10:30
Weather: Wind SW - S f3, mix of mostly cloud and brighter spells later. Temp 6 - 7C

The last seawatch of the year produced 4 Eider (3S 1N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 5 Red-throated Divers (3S 2N), 7 Gannets (5S 2N), 114 Shag (12S 102N) and 1 Cormorant (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 6, Tufted Duck 17, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Grey Heron 1, Shag 33, Cormorant 18, Common Buzzard 1, Curlew 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 24, Purple Sandpiper 45, Black-headed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 5 and Raven 1