• 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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birds

  1. Hawkeye

    3rd October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd October 2019. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis 2 Snow Buntings were there while 100 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Eoropie this afternoon. Sollas, North Uist A Turtle Dove was seen there today
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd October 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis 8 Whooper Swans were seen on the lock this morning which increased to 15 mid afternoon Northton, Isle of Harris A Swallow and two Redwings were there this...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 1st October 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st October 2019. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis A Lesser Whitethroat was there today West side of Loch Bee, South Uist A Lapland Bunting was present today plus a minimum of 8 Pink-footed Geese. Howmore, South...
  4. Pectoral Sandpiper

    Pectoral Sandpiper

    Pectoral Sandpiper, Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis September 2019. (C) Tristan ap Rheinallt
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 29th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist An adult ***Whiskered Tern*** was there today along with 5 Black-tailed Godwits. 130+ Pink-footed Geese headed south and another C200 headed east Langass Lodge, North...
  6. Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-Coloured Starling, Carinish, North Uist 2019. (C) Anne Rabbitts
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 27th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist 7 Lapland Buntings were on the machair today Sollas, North Uist A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* and 3 Ruff were on the machair there Claddach-knockline A Common Redstart...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Luskentyre, Isle of Harris A Pied Flycatcher was there and 180+ Common Scoters were nearby in the Sound of Taransay Balranald, North Uist The 2 white phase ***Snow Geese*** were seen there...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 25th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis A Pied Flycatcher was there today Ness today. Swainbost, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Little Stint was on a track near Loch na Muilne, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 24th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen again after several days absence. Also a Grey Heron, Merlin, Lapland Bunting and Brent Goose present Eoropie, Isle of Lewis 3 Blackcaps...
  11. Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling, carinish, North Uist September 2019 (C) Brian Rabbitts
  12. Reed Bunting

    Reed Bunting

    Reed Bunting, Barva Lewis (C) Graham Forsyth
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 23rd September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd September 2019. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 16 Storm Petrels, 2 Leach's Petrels, 25 Arctic Skuas 20 Great Skuas and 2 Pomarine Skuas were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry today Langass Lodge, North...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 22nd September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd September 2019. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis A Pied Flycatcher was there early afternoon Labost, Isle of Lewis A Snow Bunting was on the headland this morning Bragar, Isle of Lewis A Slavonian Grebe and a...
  15. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 21st September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st September 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Little Grebe was on the loch today Scarista, Isle of Harris A **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen at Sgarasta Bheag today Seilebost, Isle of Harris A...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Baleshare, North Uist 2 *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* were with Golden Plovers near the picnic site. A Lapland Bunting, Ruff and 3 Black-tailed Godwits were also seen there [see post below]...
  17. Iceland Gull

    Iceland Gull

    Iceland Gull, Castlebay, Barra September 2019 (C) Ian Thompson
  18. Golden Plover

    Golden Plover

    Golden Plover, Barvas, Isle of Lewis (C) Graham Forsyth
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Scaup was seen there today Sollas, North Uist The *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was still there today Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Snow Geese*** were there...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 18th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 20+ Pink-footed Geese flew south early afternoon Sollas North Uist The *American Golden Plover* was seen there again mid morning along with a juvenile...
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