• 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. Snow Bunting

    Snow Bunting

    Snow Bunting, South Uist 2020 © Ian Thompson
  2. Ruff

    Ruff

    Ruff, South Uist 2020 © Ian Thompson
  3. Hawkeye

    16th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Claddach Vallay, North Uist A Mistle Thrush and a Blackcap were seen there today. Rubh' Arnal, North Uist Six Pale-bellied Brent Geese were there and circa 14 Lapland Buntings were between...
  4. Hawkeye

    15th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Achmore, Isle of Lewis 10+ Bramblings and a Hawfinch were visiting a garden there Grenitote, North Uist A Willow Warbler and 30 Fieldfare were seen there early morning Carinish, North Uist...
  5. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis A Slavonian Grebe was there this morning Grenitote, North Uist A single Pink-footed Goose and 15 Lapland Bunting (including a flock of 12) were seen at Udal at...
  6. Hawkeye

    13th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A Sooty Shearwater flew west while a flock of 1,400 Fulmars were seen following a trawler. Four Manx Shearwaters and two Great Skuas were also seen. A juvenile Iceland Gull was...
  7. Blue-winged Teal

    Blue-winged Teal

    Blue-winged Teal, Baleshare, North Uist 2020
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 12th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A Reed Warbler was heard singing by Willowglen Burn at Porters' Lodge Note: This record was later withdrawn by the observer Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A Lapland Bunting...
  9. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today 11th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Loch Branahuie, Stonoway 42 Long-tailed Duck were on the loch this morning with a further 14 off the the east coast Clachan Sands, North Uist A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen there this...
  10. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 10th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Borve, Berneray A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Blackcap were there this morning Trumisgarry, North Uist The Little Egret was seen there again today Carinish, North Uist 40 Barnacle Geese flew...
  11. 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...
  12. Hawkeye

    Mega!!! 8th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th October 2020. updated throughout the day Langass Lodge, North Uist Two Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff, two Blackcaps and a Brambling were seen there today. 46 Barnacle Geese flew south Callernish House, North Uist Four Redwing...
  13. Hawkeye

    Mega!!! 7th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th October 2020 Clachan Farm, North Uist A Reed Warbler, Redstart, Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff and three Redwing were seen there today Rubh' Arnal, North Uist A ****Buff-bellied Pipit**** was seen there this morning - the first...
  14. Little Bunting

    Little Bunting

    Little Bunting, Eoligarry, Barra 2020 © Ian Ricketts
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 6th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Great Bernera, Lewis A Turtle Dove was seen at Tobson today A Pied Flycatcher and Brambling were at Valasay Balranald, North Uist A Lapland Bunting was seen there today Knockintorran, North...
  16. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 5th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 5th October 2020. Updated throughout the day Portvoller, Isle of Lewis A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen there today. Another plus a blackcap was nearby at Sheshader Loch Paible, North Uist 350 Barnacle Geese were at Loch Paible and a...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 4th October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th October. Updated throughout the day Valtos, Isle of Lewis 150 Barnacle Geese flew south and 35 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying north Reef, Isle of Lewis A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today Baleshare, North Uist The four...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd October 2020. Updated throughout the day Yellow-browed Warblers have been seen in some numbers today throughout the islands with 18 on Lewis at Stornoway and Ness, Circa 50 on North Uist at Clachan Farm, Carinish, Grenitote, Cladach...
  19. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 2nd October 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd October 2020. Updated throughout the day Bragar, Isle of Lewis A 1CY **Woodchat Shrike** was seen there today on the cemetary wall Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 100 Barnacle Barnacle Geese, 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 11 Greylag...
  20. Booted Warbler

    Booted Warbler

    Booted Warbler, North Uist 2020 © Brian Rabbitts
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