• 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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local rarity

  1. little Egrets

    little Egrets

    Little Egrets, Loch na Liana Mhor, Daliburgh, South Uist 03 11 2015 © Ian Thompson
  2. Icterine Warbler

    Icterine Warbler

    Icterine Warbler, Ness, Isle of lewis 6 June 2014 © Tony Marr
  3. Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling

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

    Rose-coloured Starling

    Rose-coloured Starling, Eoligarry, Barra, June 2017 © Ian Thompson
  5. Firecrest, Grenitote © Brian Rabbitts

    Firecrest, Grenitote © Brian Rabbitts

  6. Bean Geese, Iochar © Bill Allan

    Bean Geese, Iochar © Bill Allan

  7. Pectoral Sandpiper

    Pectoral Sandpiper

    Borve, Bernaray
  8. Magpie

    Magpie

    Askernish, South Uist. A REAL local rarity!
  9. Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Stinky Bay, Benbecula
  10. Great White Egret

    Great White Egret

    Loch Hallan, South Uist
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