• 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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lesser black-backed gull

  1. Lesser Black-backed Gull

    Lesser Black-backed Gull

    Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stornoway Harbour (C) Steve Dodd
  2. Hawkeye

    18th February 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for tody, 18th February 2021. Updated throughout the day Smerclete, South Uist An immature Glaucous Gull was there this afternoon Askernish, South Uist The Water Rail continues to visit a garden there Tangusdale, Barra An early Lesser Black-backed...
  3. Lesser Black-backed Gull

    Lesser Black-backed Gull

    Lesser Black-backed Gull, Loch an Duin, Barra July 2019. (C) Ian Thompson. Originally ringed in Malaga, Spain