• 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

    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...
  2. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 24th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Ardheisker, North Uist An immature Glaucous Gull was on the shore at the southern end of the Committee Road this evening Loch Paible, North Uist The 2CY Glaucous Gull was seen there again today...
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was there again today Butt of Lewis An immature *White-billed Diver* was seen offshore this afternoon. A Pink-footed Goose was in nearby fields Habost...
  4. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 22nd May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** has returned, seen above Village Bay today Grenitote, North Uist A Brent Goose was seen there today Stinky Bay, Benbecula The 2CY drake Surf Scoter was...
  5. Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow, South Uist, May 2022 (C) Andrew Stevenson
  6. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st May 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Paible, North Uist The ***Broad-billed Sandpiper*** was seen again at the south end of the loch early afternoon and still present late evening Stinky Bay, Benbecula A drake Surf Scoter was...
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda Late news of a female Blue-headed Wagtail in Village Bay yesterday Lochmaddy, North Uist A Little Egret was seen at roost in fir trees outside the Hammersby Hotel this evening...
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 19th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis A *Common Crane* was seen flying south over the harbour at 10:02 Loch Sandary, North Uist The Wood Sandpiper was seen there again this morning at the south end of the...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 13th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Dotterel was seen one mile west of the lighthouse Barvas, Isle of Lewis A pair of Brambling were visiting a gardent there Balranald, North Uist Two drake Garganey are still...
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