• 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.
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pomarine skua

  1. Hawkeye

    17th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Late News of a Pomarine Skua seen from the Berneray - Leverburgh ferry yesterday evening Borve, Berneray A House Martin was seen there today Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period...
  2. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Callanish, Isle of Lewis A Lapland Bunting was seen there this morning Balranald, North Uist The Dotterel was still between the visitors centre and Aird an Runair this morning Loch Paible...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 28th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A female *Bluethroat* and a Snow Bunting were seen there today. A Spotted flycatcher was seen there on Thursday (26th May) Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Iceland Gull was seen...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist 2 Pomarine and 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew north early morning Stinky Bay, Benbecula The drake Surf Scoter was seen offshore this morning and again in the afternoon. A 2CY...
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Glaucous Gull was again seen in the harbour area this afternoon Aird an Runair, North Uist 7 Long-tailed Skua flew north early morning. A further 6 Long-tailed...
  6. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 25th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull were in the harbour area this afternoon Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 2 female Long-tailed Ducks were seen on the loch this morning...
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A *Little Ringed Plover* was in Village Bay today. Only the second record there, the last being in 1977 Cheese Bay, North Uist A Swift was sen there today Aird an Runair, North...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hitra, St Kilda A male Snow Bunting, Chiffchaff, 60 Great Skuas, 30 Wheatears, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Swallows and a Blackbird were a few of the birds seen there today as part of Global Big Day Tiumpan...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2022. Updated throughout the day New Tolsta, Isle of Lewis A drake Surf Scoter was reported as being offshore Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Stornoway landfill site Aird an Runair, North Uist 16...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was in the harbour area this morning Scoloaig, North Uist The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig this morning Aird...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Iceland Gull was there this morning. A *White-billed Diver* was nearby at Port of Nis Scoloaig, North Uist The female ***Snowy Owl*** was on the north...
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 6th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist A *White-billed Diver* was seen off Aird an Runair this morning. 5 Pomarine and 4 Long-tailed Skuas 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and 32 Whimbrel passed north between 07:00 -...
  13. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 5th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis The male **Ortolan Bunting** was again seen in a garden there this evening Balranald, North Uist A single Pomarine Skua flew north past Aird an Runair at 17:12. 3...
  14. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 4th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis A male **Ortolan Bunting** was seen in a garden there, the first record since 2008 Loch Barvas, Isle of Lewis A second-winter Iceland Gull was there this afternoon...
  15. Hawkeye

    19th April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still to be found in the harbour area Hosta, North Uist A Glaucous Gull was at St. Clements Chapel today Aird an Runair, North Uist 1...
  16. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th October 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th October 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Sooty Shearwater flew past this morning. Four Manx Shearwatesr 40 Pink-footed Geese flew west during the afternoon Coot Loch, Benbecula The *Black-necked Grebe* was seen there...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 24th September 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th September 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** was seen there again today, as was the female ***Snowy Owl***. Two Pectoral Sandpipers were also on the island as was the Shelduck, a Grey Plover...
  18. B

    23rd July 2021

    Barra. A high-flying Crossbill went south over Brevig. Seems to be a small influx as a male was photographed on Mingulay on the 18th. Also a Pom Skua along with 12 Arctic Skuas and c50 Puffins off Brevig this evening. Juvenile Cuckoos were at Skallary and Tangasdale.
  19. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 8th June 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th June 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A Black Redstart was seen there today. A Pomarine Skua was seen at sea five miles east of the island Butt of Lewis Two Rose-coloured Starlings were seen on the cliffs to the west...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 17th September 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th September 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis Two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* flew over the cliffs at 1500. Four Lapland Buntings were also around the lighthouse. A Pied Flycatcher was nearby, seen in a Ness garden Loch...
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