• 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

    Local Rarity 1st August 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st August 2020. Updated throughout the day Clachan, North Uist A Crossbill was there this morning. West Gerinish, South Uist The *Spoonbill* was again in the south-west corner of Loch Bee Howmore, South Uist 18 Black-tailed Godwits...
  2. A

    National Rarity 31st July 2020

    The Spoonbill still at the SW end of Loch Bee this afternoon.
  3. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th July 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th July 2020. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 828 Manx Shearwaters passed north in a near continuous stream between 08.40- 09.40 West Gerinish, South Uist The *Spoonbill* was again in the south-west corner of...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 29th July 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th July 2020. Updated throughout the day Aird and Runair, North Uist 450 Manx Shearwaters passed the point this morning West Gerinish, South Uist The *Spoonbill* was again in the south-west corner of Loch Bee this morning. A...
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 28th July 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 28th July 2020. Updated throughout the day Griminish Point , North Uist A near three hour seawatch this morning (07:15 - 10:00) produced 1 Sooty Shearwater, 620 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Fulmar, 185 Gannets and an Arctic Skua all heading west...
  6. Hawkeye

    27th July 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th July 2020. Updated throughout the day Howmore, South Uist A Ruff was seen on the beach today along with 40 Sanderling, 61 Ringed Plover and 120 Dunlin. A Corn Bunting was also on the machair
  7. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 26th July 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th July 2020. Updated throughout the day Aird, Benbecula Six Black-tailed Godwits were seen there today West Gerinish, South Uist The *Spoonbill* was again seen in the south west corner of Loch Bee early afternoon. 31 Black-tailed...
  8. Ruff

    Ruff

    Juvenile Ruff, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
  9. Ruff

    Ruff

    Juvenile Ruff, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
  10. Ruff

    Ruff

    Juvenile Ruff, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
  11. Pechora Pipit

    Pechora Pipit

    Pechora Pipit, Castlebay, Barra 2018 (C) Ian Thompson
  12. Wheatear

    Wheatear

    Wheatear, South Uist (C) Ian Thompson
  13. Hawkeye

    Mega!!! 13th September 2017

    Eoligarry, Barra The ****American Redstart**** was seen late morning to the relief of those travelling. It is still to be found in the sycamore trees at the back of the Church, best viewed from behind the wall on south side of the churchyard Balgarva, South Uist The ***Semipalmated Sandpiper***...
  14. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 6th July 2017

    Aird an Runair, North Uist The ***SemiPalmated Sandpiper*** was still on the beach this morning. A Sandwich Tern was also seen in the area Stinky Bay, Benbecula An Iceland Gull present this afternoon
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 5th July 2017

    Aird an Runair, North Uist A ***SemiPalmated Sandpiper***was seen on the beach this afternoon along with the Curlew Sandpiper
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