• 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.
  • 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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scotish rarity

  1. White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper, Barvas, Isle of Lewis, September 2019 (C) Graham Forsyth
  2. White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper, Barvas, Isle of Lewis September 2019 (C) and courtesy of Josh Jones
  3. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th September 2019. Updated throughout the day Aird an Runair, North Uist A Sooty Shearwater and 30 Manx Shearwaters were seen there today Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 07:25 - 11:45 Weather: Wind W f5-6 veering WNW...
  4. White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper, Caolis, vatersay July 2019 (C) Ian Thompson
  5. White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper, Caolis, Vetersay July 2019 (C) Ian Thompson
  6. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 23rd July 2019

    Western Isles /Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd July 2019. Updated throughout the day Lochmaddy, North Uist A Pomarine Skua was seen for the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry today Caolas, Vatersay The adult **White-rumped Sandpiper** was again on the beach this morning. Still present in the...
  7. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 22nd July 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd July 2019. Updated throughout the day Caolas, Vatersay An adult **White-rumped Sandpiper** was on the beach this afternoon [see Bruce's post below] Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 06:20 - 10:05 Weather: Wind SSW f3 easing...
  8. MisterT

    Scottish Rarity 10th June 2019

    A visit to North Loch Eynort on a very calm morning meant that I could hear the birds singing. Two male Whitethroats were in full voice and a Spotted Flycatcher was near the car park. There were several pairs of Redpolls in the new planation, some of which drew my attention to a roosting...
  9. B

    Scottish Rarity 9th June 2019

    A Curlew Sandpiper was in the tern/colony at Aird an Runair, North Uist this morning. In very 'dull' plumage (similar to the two that were present at Baleshare in May). A Quail was calling near the N shore of Loch nam Feithean, North Uist later.
  10. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 27th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was still at Loch an Ali this morning. Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings were there this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Wood Warbler was in...
  11. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 26th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis 4 Long-tailed Ducks were on the loch this morning Aird an Runair, North Uist Circa 65 Long-tailed...
  12. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 24th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th May, 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali, showing occasionally Barvas, Lewis A Turtle Dove was seen there today Loch Sandary, North Uist The 2 Ruff were again present...
  13. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 23rd May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali, showing occasionally Loch Portain, North Uist Three Long-tailed Skuas flew north today at 12:30. A Fieldfare was also reported...
  14. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 22nd May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali, showing occasionally. A Spotted Flycatcher was also seen on the island Loch Paible, North Uist A pale-bellied Brent Goose was...
  15. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 21st May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 21st May 2019. Updated throughout the day Brevig, Barra A female/2CY male *Golden Oriole* was there this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Wood Warbler was in the Castle Grounds in trees beside Willowglen Burn. At least 10 singing...
  16. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 19th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 19th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Balgarva, South Uist A male *Bearded Tit* was seen by the road junction this morning. A first for the Outer Hebrides Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A Swift was seen there mid morning Aird an Runair...
  17. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 18th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali this morning. A Wood Warbler was nearby at Creachan Aird an Runair, North Uist 4 Dotterels were seen again in firlds by the car...
  18. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 17th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 17th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali this morning Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Whitethroat was singing in the castle grounds this morning and a Grey Wagtail was on the...
  19. White-winged Black Tern

    White-winged Black Tern

    White-winged Black Tern, Coot Loch Benbecula June 2017 © an Thompson
  20. Black-crowned Night Heron

    Black-crowned Night Heron

    Black-crowned Night Heron © Ian Thompson
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