• 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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western isles bird sightings

  1. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 5th November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th November 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist A Chiffchaff and a Brambling were seen there today Carinish, North Uist A Jack Snipe was seen there this morning Ardivachar, South Uist Circa 70 Purple Sandpiper...
  2. Hawkeye

    4th November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th November 2020. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was there mid afternoon along with seven Purple Sandpipers on the gull roost Loch Bee, South Uist 12 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at the...
  3. Hawkeye

    3rd November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd November 2020. Updated throughout the day Bunavenaeder, Isle of Harris An adult Glaucous Gull was there this morning. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris A male Surf Scoter was amongst Eiders today Griminish Point, North Uist A seawatch this...
  4. Hawkeye

    2nd November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd November 2020. Updated throughout the day Luskentyre, Isle of Harris A male Surf Scoter and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were there today Griminish Point, North Uist A seawatch from between11:50 - 12:45) produced 238 Kittiwakes, 373...
  5. Hawkeye

    1st November 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st November 2020 Ness, Isle of Lewis A Common Redstart was in a garden today. (See photo below). Stornoway, Isle of Lewis One to three Hawfinches were in a Stornoway garden today (the seventh day they've been visiting). Luskentyre...
  6. Hawkeye

    31st October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 31st October 2020. Updated throughout the day Rubh' Arnal, North Uist One Lapland Bunting there today. Kyles Paible, North Uist 1CY Glaucous Gull present today.
  7. Hawkeye

    30th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Aline plantation, Isle of Lewis Seven Crossbills were seen there today Callernish House, North Uist A Chiffchaff was there today Paiblesgarry, North Uist Two Lapland Buntings were present on...
  8. Hawkeye

    29th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Ardivachar Point, South Uist A 1CY Iceland Gull and a Snow Bunting were seen there today
  9. Hawkeye

    28th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Port Scolpaig, North Uist A 1CY Glaucous Gull and a female Snow Bunting were seen there today Baleshare, North Uist A Snow Bunting and five Whooper Swans were at Eachkamish and another five...
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Wood, North Uist A Crossbill was there this morning. Three Fieldfare were seen there later Balranald, North Uist A male Snow Bunting was seen along the track to Aird an Runair...
  11. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 26th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Bunanavoneadar, Isle of Harris Three male Goosanders were seen there today Grenitote, North Uist Barred Warbler there this morning Loch Sandary, North Uist An immature Scaup was on the loch...
  12. Hawkeye

    25th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Castlebay, Barra Two Siberian Chiffchaffs and a Treecreeper were around the football pitch today. A Red-necked Grebe was off Bruernish. Rubha Ardvule, South Uist Counting period: 07:40-11:25...
  13. Hawkeye

    24th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Barvas, Isle of Lewis A Blue Tit was seen there this morning. Ormaclete, South Uist A Pectoral Sandpiper was there in with Golden Plover this morning Gleann, Barra A Hawfinch two Siberian...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 23rd October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd October 2020. Updated throughout the day North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis A Carrion Crow was again seen on Traigh Mhor with a Hooded Crow Loch Paible, North Uist The two ***Richardson's Cackling Geese*** were there again today Loch na...
  15. Hawkeye

    Scottish Rarity 22nd October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd October 2020. Updated throughout the day Hirta St Kilda A *Bluethroat* was seen in village bay opposite the Manse Carinish, North Uist At least 16 Fieldfare were there this morning Balgarva, South Uist At least four Slavonian...
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    21st October 2020

    Barra. Heavy rain and a northerly gale grounded 87 Pink-footed Geese at Allasdale and 216 on the machair north of the airport.
  17. Hawkeye

    20th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist Five Brambling and five Goldcrest were seen there today Castlebay, Barra A Siberian Chiffchaff was there today and a Hawfinch was nearby at Gleann
  18. Hawkeye

    19th October 2020

    Western Isles bird sightings for today, 19th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist A Chiffchaff, Blackcap, two Brambling, 24 Redwing, a Water Rail and 18 Crossbills were there today Strumore, North Uist A Rose-coloured Starling was seen there today Balgarva, South...
  19. Hawkeye

    18th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist A Barred Warbler was there briefly this morning The Range, South Uist Pectoral Sandpiper still on the pools near LA2 Creachan, Barra 2 Hawfinches and a Tree-creeper...
  20. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 17th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Clachan, North Uist A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today Clachan Farm, North Uist A Pied Flycatcher was seen there this afternoon Langass Lodge, North Uist A Barred Warbler, Yellow-browed...
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