• 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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  1. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 1st January 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st January, 2019. Updated throughout the day Reef, Isle of Lewis A Little Egret was seen there this morning Balranald North Uist The Cackling Goose, small Canada Goose and circa 10 Snow Buntings there today. Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A...
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 20th December 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 20th December 2018. Updated throughout the day Eoligarry, Barra The *White-billed Diver* was seen off the jetty this morning along with 5 Slavonian Grebes Borve, Barra The small Canada Goose was again on the machair today Balranald...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 16th December 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 16th December 2018. Updated throughout the day Borve, Berneray At least 100 Snow Buntings were the machair Aileodair, North Uist A drake *American Wigeon* was on the loch today Borve, Barra The small Canada Goose was again on the...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th December 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 13th December 2018. Updated throughout the day Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 08:20 - 10:35 Weather: Wind SSE F7 gust f9. 8/8 cloud. Temp 5.5C. A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 40 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1...
  5. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 8th December 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 8th December 2018. Updated throughout the day. Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris 4 Surf Scoters - 3 drakes and 1 female reported there this morning. Benbecula The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was on seen the island. Also present were 12...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 5th December 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 5th December 2018. Updated throughout the day Coll Beach, Isle of Lewis 2 Velvet Scoters were there this afternoon Steinish, Isle of Lewis A Little Egret was seen there today Loch Sandary, North Uist The drake *Green-winged Teal* was on...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd December 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 3rd December 2018. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was in the quarry this afternoon Little Loch Roag, Isle of Lewis The Little Egret was again seen on the loch yesterday Loch Sandary,North Uist The drake...
  8. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 24th November 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 24th November 2018 Stornoway, Lewis A Pink-footed Goose was at Sand Street today Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris 3 drake Surf Scoters, circa 320 Common Scoters and 36+ Slavonian Grebes were there today Sound of Harris: A 1CY Surf...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 20th November 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western isles bird sightings for today, 20th November 2018. Updated throughout the day Aileodair, North Uist A drake *American Wigeon* was seen on the loch today Borve, Berneray Circa 20 Snow Buntings and 3 Pink-footed Geese were on the machair there South Glendale,South Uist...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 19th November 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 19th November 2018. Updated throughout the day Langass Woods, North Uist 9 Crossbills were seen there today Kilpheder, South Uist A 1CY Rook was at the point this morning South Glendale, South Uist 5 Blackcaps, 2 Bramblings and a...
  11. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th November 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 17th November 2018. Updated throughout the day Hougharry, North Uist A Coot was on Loch na Reivil today Knockintorran, North Uist A Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, a pale-bellied Brent Goose and 13 Pink-footed Geese were with Barnacles...
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    Local Rarity 3rd November 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 3rd November 2018. Updated throughout the day Ardabroc, Isle of Lewis The Great Tit was again seen there this morning South Glendale, South Uist A male Blackcap was in a garden there Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 07:05 -...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th October 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western isles bird sightings for today, 30th October 2018. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 55 Waxwings were behind the Bangla Spice restaurant in Stornoway this morning and a further 8 were seen on Churchill Drive later in the day. A Little Egret was at the...
  14. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 29th October 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 29th October 2018. Updated throughout the day Loch Sandary, North Uist A drake *Green-winged Teal* was on the loch early afternoon Hirta, St Kilda A Sooty Shearwater was seen passing offshore this morning. Butt of Lewis A Glaucous Gull...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 24th October 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 24th October 2018. Updated throughout the day Oban Trumisgarry, North Uist A female *American Wigeon* was reported today. Berneray 1,500+ Barnacle Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese were seen there today Lochmaddy, North Uist 3 Siskins were...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th October 2018

    Castlebay, Barra A ***Pechora Pipit*** was seen at the football pitch today. This is only the second record for the Outer Hebrides, the first being in North Uist in 2008 [see posts below] Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen there today. Another was reported as being "on...
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    National Rarity 12th October 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 12th October 2018. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 1st winter *Mediterranean Gull* was on the beach at Holm The Butt of Lewis 25+ Fieldfare were seen arriving off the sea before heading on south Tarbert, Isle of...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th October 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 11th October 2018. Updated throughout the day Loch Sandray, North Uist A ***Lesser Yellowlegs*** was there this morning. Circa 70 Black-tailed Godwits were also in the area Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was once agin in the...
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    National Rarity 8th October 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 7th October 2018. Updated throughout the day Eoligarry, Isle of Barra The ***Isabelline Shrike*** was again in the garden of Donscurravel House Aird an Runair, North Uist A ***Lesser Yellowlegs*** was seen there this morning Askernish...
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    National Rarity 22nd September 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 22nd september 2018. Updated throughout the day Hirta St. Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** and the *Buff-breasted Sandpipier* were both seen this morning in and around the village. 2 Lapland Buntings and a Jack Snipe were seen later in...
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