• 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 January 2022. Updated throughout the day

The Braigh, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Iceland Gull was to the north of the Briagh

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Common Redpoll is visiting a garden there

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
A second-winter Kumlien's Gull, a juvenile Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull were there today

Baleshare, North Uist
100 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Slavonian Grebe were on Traigh Eachcamish

Howmore, South Uist
A Fieldfare was seen there today

Carnan, South Uist
2 Brambling were again seen in a garden there


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Surf Scoter still off Allasdale, adult Glaucous Gull flew out to sea at Tangasdale and the juvenile Glauc remained at Traigh Eais.
Glaucous Gull.