• 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 1st April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Bosta, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis A single House Martin was seen near the beach this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis There were still three juvenile Iceland Gulls at the harbour today...
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 24th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24rd February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Sandary, North Uist A single ***Cackling Goose*** was amongst the 500+ Barnacle Geese around the loch Balmartin, North Uist 2 Iceland Gulls ( 2nd-winter + adult) were seen there today...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Glacous Gull, an adult Iceland Gull and 67 Barnacle Geese were there today. A second adult Iceland Gull was between Port of Ness and Skigersta Loch...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th February 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th February 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** were by the campsite and the drake *Green-winged Teal* was on Loch nam Feithean late morning Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A 2nd-winter Glaucous...
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd January 2022. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis A Fieldfare was there today Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Iceland Gull was seen again at Loch Airigh na Lic. 75 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare were in the area. A...
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 5th December 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th December 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The drake ***Lesser Scaup*** was seen there again late morning. 47 Barnacle Geese and 90 Twite were also in the area Malacleit, North Uist A ***Cackling...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th October 2021. Updated throughout the day. Balranald, North Uist The two ***Cackling Geese*** were again seen on the reserve with Barnacle Geese Stinky Bay, Benbecula A ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and was there again this morning, 150...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th October 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Woodpigeon was seen by the Manse today. Three Whooper Swans flew over this evening Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The Little Egret was there again this morning Loch Paible...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 8th December 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 8th December 2020. Updated throughout the day Loch Sandary, North Uist The drake *Green-winged Teal* and the Scaup were present on the loch again today Ardivachar, South Uist The juvenile Iceland Gull was still there today. Balranald...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Slavonian Grebe was there this morning Grenitote, North Uist A single Pink-footed Goose and 15 Lapland Bunting (including a flock of 12) were seen at Udal at...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 12th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Reed Warbler was heard singing by Willowglen Burn at Porters' Lodge Note: This record was later withdrawn by the observer Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A Lapland Bunting...
  12. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Borve, Berneray A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Blackcap were there this morning Trumisgarry, North Uist The Little Egret was seen there again today Carinish, North Uist 40 Barnacle Geese flew...
  13. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th February 2020

    Western Isles /Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th February 2020. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The ***Cackling Goose*** first reported on 13th February was seen again today at the north end of the loch amongst Barnacle Geese Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st November 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st November 2019. Updated throughout the day Knockintorran, North Uist The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** the Snow Goose were seen there today. A *Firecrest* was in a nearby garden [see @BrianR post below] Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A juvenile...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 16th November 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th Novemebr 2019. Updated throughout the day Knockintorran, North Uist The two ***Cackling Geese*** and the Snow Goose were there again today. 21 Snow Bunting were nearby at Loch Paible Coot Loch, Benbecula 2 Pink-footed Geese, 16...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th November 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th November 2019. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist A large mixed flock of finches and Skylarks seen on the machair contained a Lapland Bunting, 30+ Snow Buntings and a Brambling. A drake Pintail was on Loch a' Roe Loch...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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