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  • 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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local rarity

  1. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 15th March 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 15th March 2018 Baleshare,North Uist The small Canada Goose was again seen on the island in amongst the Barnacle Geese Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Weather: Wind ESE F6 gusting F8, 8/8 cloud, light drizzle at times. A 2.5 hour seawatch...
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th March 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 13th March 2018 Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An adult *Ring-billed Gull*, juvenile Glaucous Gull and juvenile Iceland Gull were seen there this morning. Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of lewis A Drake *Ring-necked Duck* and a pair of Greater Scaup...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 12th March 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for toady, 12th March 2018 Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 4CY Kumlien's Gull was seen there today Ness, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings were in the Skigersta area Loch Bhrusda, Berneray The *Common Crane* was present there again today (See BrianR's...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th March 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 11th March 2018 Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 3CY Glaucous Gull was seen there this afternoon and a juvenile was also on Loch na Tiumpan Ness, Isle of Lewis 5 Snow Buntings were in the Skigersta area today. Malacleit, North Uist A...
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th March 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 10th March 2018 Ness, Isle of Lewis 5 Snow Buntings were in the Skigersta area and a further 7 were in Port of Ness. Borve, Berneray The Snow Goose was on the machair there today and the *Crane* was nearby on the west side of Loch...
  6. Chris Johnson

    Local Rarity 8th March 2018

    A Glossy Ibis has just made a brief stop on Ardivachar Headland before moving off in the direction of Kilaulay. It was at Kilaulay that the previous records came from and is probably the same bird.
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 3rd March 2018

    Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd March 2018 Ness, Isle of Lewis 9 Snow Buntings were in the Cross area this morning Coot Loch. Benbecula The drake *Ring-necked Duck* and the Pochard are still be found on the loch Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Weather: Wind E backing ENE F6, initially...
  8. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 2nd March 2018

    Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd March 2018 Ness, Isle of Lewis 5 Snow Buntings were again in the Cross area today. Borve Berneray The *Crane* is still to be found on the machair there Rubh' Arnal, North Uist At least 2 Kumlien's Gulls, 20 Glaucous Gulls and 40+ Iceland Gulls were...
  9. Glossy Ibis

    Glossy Ibis

    Glossy Ibis, Kilaulay, South Uist January 2018 © Ian Thompson
  10. Glossy Ibis

    Glossy Ibis

    Glossy Ibis, Kilaulay, South Uist January 2018 © Ian Thompson
  11. Common Crane

    Common Crane

    Common Crane. Borve, Berneray. Jan 2018
  12. Glossy Ibis

    Glossy Ibis

    Glossy Ibis. Kilaulay, South Uist. Jan 2018
  13. White-billed Diver

    White-billed Diver

    White-billed Diver, Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist. 10 May 2017 © John Kemp
  14. Red-breasted Flycatcher

    Red-breasted Flycatcher

    Red-breasted Flycatcher, Barra, October 2016 © Bruce Taylor
  15. Pectoral Sandpiper

    Pectoral Sandpiper

    Pectoral Sandpiper, Sept 2016 © John Kemp
  16. Great White Egret

    Great White Egret

    Great White Egret, Barra 8th December 2015 © Bruce Taylor
  17. Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull, Vatersay, 15 - 21st September 2015 © Bruce Taylor
  18. Buff-breasted Sandpiper

    Buff-breasted Sandpiper

    Buff-breasted sandpiper, Butt of Lewis 4th August 2017 © Tony Marr
  19. Buff-breasted Sandpiper

    Buff-breasted Sandpiper

    Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Butt of Lewis July 2017 © Toby Green
  20. Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling, Eoligarry, Barra June 2017 © Ian Thompson
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