• 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

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  1. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 28th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 11+ Waxwings were again by the entrance to the hospital today Langass Woods, North Uist A male ***Two-barred Crossbill*** was seen there late morning while others...
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 2 Snow Buntings were seen by the lighthouse this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 15 Waxwings were seen feeding in an apple tree in Urquhart Gardens today Knockintoran, North...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Balemore, North Uist The white morph ***Snow Goose*** was again seen there this morning Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 08:10 - 10:55 Weather: Wind W f5 gust f6. 8/8 cloud, some...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 25th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was in village bay today [see post below] Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Swallow was seen in the castle grounds today Loch Paible, North Uist The...
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 24th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Barvas, Isle of Lewis 150+ Redwings were seen there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 42 Waxwings were in a garden there and another 30+ were opposite the hospital entrance [see post below]...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 23rd October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd October 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis 60+ Whooper Swans were seen on the flooded machair north of the loch today
  7. B

    Scottish Rarity 22nd October 2019

    From Angus Murray - Mike Dilger recorded eight White-rumped Sandpipers today in same place that concentration has been seen recently (on pools in amongst beach seaweed at Ardivachar, South Uist).
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st October 2019. Updated throughout the day Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 08:20 - 10:00 Weather: Wind SW f3 increasing f4. 8/8 high cloud. Temp9C. A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 4 Red-throated...
  9. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 20th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis A **White-rumped Sandpiper** was there this morning [see post below] Clachan a Luib, North Uist 28 Whooper Swans were on Oban a Chlachain Claddach Baleshare, North...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist The ***Snow Goose*** and a ***Cackling Goose*** was seen there today South Ford, South Uist A little Egret was seen there this morning and later at Loch Bee...
  11. Yellow-browed Warbler

    Yellow-browed Warbler

    Yellow-browed Warbler, Eriskay, 2019. (C) Jarad Wilson
  12. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 14th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis A male Blackcap and a Waxwing were there around midday Loch Siapabhat, Isle of Lewis circ 50 barnacle Geese were seen to fly over, 30 of which returned and settled...
  13. B

    National Rarity 13th October 2019

    After completing a WeBS count at Baleshare, North Uist I stopped to scan through a flock of Golden Plover that were outside the count area and opposite Loch na Paisg. On the fringes of the flock was a moulting adult American Golden Plover. It was pretty distant and I wasn't able to obtain any...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Langass, North Uist A Yellow-browed Warbler was there again today Carinish, North Uist Circa 300 Barnacle Geese flew south-east this afternoon. The Range, South Uist 2 **White-rumped...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th October 2019

    News from Andrew 10 whoopers over the house this morning, 10 barnacle geese N at Balgarva. drake pintail, 36 gadwall (highest count I can recall here) and 26 shoveler on Coot Loch.
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 8th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Little Grebe was seen on the loch today The Braigh, Isle of Lewis A Slavonian Grebe was on the south side today Loch Sandary, North Uist The Little Egret, 32...
  17. B

    Local Rarity 7th October 2019

    A Little Egret was a recent arrival at Loch Sandary, North Uist today.
  18. Hawkeye

    6th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Isle of Lewis 2 Brambling were seen on a croft there Stornoway, Isle of Lewis C50 Redwings were seen in and around the town Balranald, North Uist A Pintail and 5 Pink-footed Geese...
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 5th October 2019

    Western Isles /Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the hills overlooking Village Bay Butt of Lewis A Snow Bunting was near the lighthouse before flying off to the south-west Eoropie, Isle...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 4th October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th October 2019. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Lesser Whitethroat was in the lighthouse compound and 3 Snow Buntings were in the area. An arrival of Redwings included 50 in South Dell Gress, Isle of Lewis 30 Pink-footed...
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