• 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 such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
  • 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

    New - now available as an ebook

Rarities

Photos of birds that are considered rare in th Outer Hebrides (i.e National and Scottish rarities)
Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler

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Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler

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Bluethroat

Bluethroat

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Rustic Bunting

Rustic Bunting

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Red-rumped Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

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Blue-headed Wagtail

Blue-headed Wagtail

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Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

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Hobby

Hobby

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Hobby

Hobby

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Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

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Todd's Canada Goose

Todd's Canada Goose

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Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

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Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

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Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

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Short-toed lark

Short-toed lark

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Buff-bellied Pipit

Buff-bellied Pipit

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Buff-bellied Pipits

Buff-bellied Pipits

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Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

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Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

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