• 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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scottish rarity

  1. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 21st September 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st September 2019. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Little Grebe was on the loch today Scarista, Isle of Harris A **White-rumped Sandpiper** was seen at Sgarasta Bheag today Seilebost, Isle of Harris A...
  2. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 20th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 20th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra The **Purple Heron** was again at Loch an Ali, showing occasionally Aird an Runair, North Uist 2 Long-tailed and 3 Pomerine Skuas flew past this morning. The Barnacle Goose was...
  3. Purple Heron

    Purple Heron

    Purple Heron, Bolnabadach, Barra May 2019 (C) Ian Ricketts
  4. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 16th May 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th May 2019. Updated throughout the day Bolnabadoch, Barra A **Purple Heron** was at Loch an Ali this morning and again late afternoon Butt of Lewis A Dotterel was seen 800 metres to the west of the lighthouse this afternoon Loch...
  5. GlossyIbis, Balranald North uist

    GlossyIbis, Balranald North uist

  6. Short-toed Lark

    Short-toed Lark

    Howmore, South Uist
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