• 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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  1. 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...
  2. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 18th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The *Little Ringed Plover* was still there this morning. Also present were 2 Yellow Wagtails (male thunbergi + female), 2 Whitethoats, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whooper...
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda A *Little Ringed Plover* was in Village Bay today. Only the second record there, the last being in 1977 Cheese Bay, North Uist A Swift was sen there today Aird an Runair, North...
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    Local Rarity 16th May 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th May 2022. Updated throughout the day Hitra, St Kilda The male Snow Bunting was again seen in Village Bay Aird an Runair, North Uist A Curlew Sandpiper was on the beach by Eilean an Rubha. A 2CY Iceland Gull and a 2CY *Mediterranean...
  5. Hawkeye

    18th August 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th August 2021. Updated throughout the day A Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua, Sooty Shearwater and 5 Storm Petrels were seen from the Ullapool - Stornoway ferry, but it is unknown as to what recording area they were seen Balivanich...
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    23rd June 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd June 2021. Updated throughout the day Cross, Lewis A Turtle Dove seen there today Brevig, Barra The Rose-coloured Starling was still visiting a garden there
  7. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 15th May 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th May 2021. Updated throughout the day Hirta, St Kilda The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there today Butt of Lewis The Dotterel was present, one mile west of the lighthouse Loch Sandary, North Uist A Glaucous Gull was there today Nunton...
  8. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 9th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Trumisgarry, North Uist A Little Egret was seen there today Grenitote, North Uist A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today Paiblesgarry, North Uist A Turtle Dove was visiting a garden there...
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    11th May 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th May 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist A male Blackcap was singing at the Lodge and a Siskin was also seen Baleshare, North Uist A Pink-footed Goose was on the island today Askernish, South Uist A Turtle...
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    Local Rarity 3rd February 2019

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd February 2019. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis An adult and 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and a 2nd winter Iceland Gull were there this morning The Braighe, Isle of Lewis 3 Black-throated Divers, 50+ Long-tailed...
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