• 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, 9th March 2022. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Three 2CY Iceland Gulls were in the harbour area late afternoon

Baleshare, North Uist
A juvenile Glaucous Gull was there this afternoon

Balavanich, Benbecula
2 Iceland Gulls, a juvenile Glaucous Gull and 9 Snow Buntings were on the beach there

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The female ***Lesser Scaup*** and the drake Pochard were there again today

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Egret (bearing a metal ring) was there again this morning. This was joined by the Welsh colour-ringed bird this afternoon

Loch Bee, South Uist
4 Scaup (male and 3 females) were on the loch today