• 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
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Fieldfare was in the Castle Grounds this morning

Carinish, North Uist
A Chiffchaff was there this morning

Griminish, Benbecula
A Brambling is visiting a garden there

Loch Bee, South Usit
2 Scaup, 12 Goldeneye and 48 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on the west bank of the loch today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50-10:00
Weather: Wind WSW f4, 8/8 cloud. Temp 7c.

A 1+ hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Red-throated Divers (1S 2N), 27 Shag (3S 24N), and 1 Cormorant (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 5, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 14, Mallard 69, Teal 7, Tufted Duck 18, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 24, White-tailed Eagle 1, Golden Plover 6, Curlew 5, Common Gull 55, Great Black-backed Gull 9, Hooded Crow 7, Raven 4, Twite 60

Brambling (C) Andy Roberts


Always Birding
38 Whooper Swans, 400+ Wigeon and 150+ Tufties were on Loch Bee to the west of the causeway and 5 White-tailed Eagles were also in the vacinity. The Lesser Scaup was still on Loch an Daill this afternoon and a drake Pintail was on Coot Loch. The female Blackcap is still here in Askernish


Senior Member
2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a Common Chiffchaff still around the football pitch at Castlebay, juvenile Surf Scoter still off Allasdale and Green-winged Teal still at Ardmhor.