• 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

    New - now available as an ebook

scotish rarity

  1. Black-crowned Night Heron © Bruce Taylor

    Black-crowned Night Heron © Bruce Taylor

    One of two found by Bruce at castlebay Fotball pitch
  2. yellow-legged Gull © Machiel Oudejans

    yellow-legged Gull © Machiel Oudejans

  3. White-rumped Sandpiper

    White-rumped Sandpiper

    Iochar, South Uist
  4. Serin


    A first for the Outer Hebrides
  5. YvonneB

    Scottish Rarity Serin, South Uist, 10th April 2014 by Yvonne Benting

    Serin 10th April 2014 A first for the Outer Hebrides by @YvonneB Having just returned home from a months birding holiday in Texas, enduring three flights, and an arduous 30 hour return journey with constant problems and suffering during the flights with a very painful inner ear problem, we...