• 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 12th June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th June 2022. Updated throughout the day Brevig, Isle of Lewis A Curlew Sandpiper was seen on the beach mid-afternoon. A 3CY Iceland Gull was seen nearby flying south offshore past Back football club Loch Paible, North Uist The...
  2. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd June 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd June 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St. Kilda 3 Greenland Redpoll’s are still in the Village having been there since the 30th May. Kyles paible, North Uist A female type *Common Rosefinch* was seen by the Tractor Shed this...
  3. 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...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 29th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The 2CY Iceland Gull was again seen in the harbour area Loch Odhairn, Isle of Lewis An Osprey was seen today. Balranald, North Uist A Dotterel was on the reserve...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 23rd January 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd January 2022. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis A 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was seen there today Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was there this morning Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland...
  8. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 16th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Port Stoth, Isle of lewis An Iceland Gull was seen there today Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis Eight Lapland Buntings, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, a male Goosander, female Scaup and female Gadwall...
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 21st April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st April 2020. Updated throughout the day Bayhead, North Uist 32 Pale-bellied Brent Geese arrived there this evening Carinish, North Uist 2 Willow Warblers, a Swallow, 4 Pink-footed Geese and 5 Greenland Wheatears were seen around the...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 11th January 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th January 2020. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis The adult Iceland Gull was there again in the afternoon North Bay, South Uist A 1st winter *Ring-billed Gull* was seen there this afternoon. A juvenile Glaucous...
  11. Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull, St Kilda, May 2018 (C) Cairan Hatsell
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 19th August 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 19th August 2018. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The Rose-coloured Starling was still present in Braighe Road today, seen on the wires opposite the small car park Sollas, North Uist 120 Black-tailed Godwits were on...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 9th August 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 9th August 2018. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 19 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry today Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 05:55 - 09:25 Weather: Wind SW F5-6, 8/8 cloud and...
  14. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 6th August 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 6th Auguat 2018. Updated throughout the day At sea An adult *Sabine's Gull* and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen c30nm NNW of the Butt of Lewis Borve, Benbecula Circa 150 Black-tailed Godwits were in newly cut fields Ruhba Ardvule, South...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 5th August 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 5th August 2018 Cnoc a' Charnain, nr Carishader, Isle of Lewis A Rose-coloured Starling was seen there today Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 06:50 - 09:50 Weather: Wind SSW F4, 8/8 cloud, occasional misty spells and light...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 25th May 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 25th May 2018 St Kilda The female ***Snowy Owl*** was in the village on Hirta this morning. The adult *Ring-billed Gull* and a juvenile Iceland Gull were also on the island Loch nam Feithean, North Uist 2 Whooper Swans, a drake Garganey...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 22nd May 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 22nd May 2018. Updated throughout the day Smerclete, South Uist The ***Long-billed Dowitcher*** was still by the loch this morning, showing well and seen again in the afternoon St Kilda The *Ring-billed Gull* was still present on Hirta...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 21st May 2018

    Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 21st May 2018. Updated throughout the day Smercleit, South Uist A ***Dowitcher*** (initially thought to be Long-billed) was seen originally in the fields with Golden Plover and later around the loch St Kilda An adult *Ring-billed Gull*...
  19. Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull, Vatersay, 15 - 21st September 2015 © Bruce Taylor
  20. Ring-billed Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Stinky Bay, Benbecula
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