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  • 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 now as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

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  1. Hawkeye

    11th April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th April 2020. Updated throughout the day Storoway Isle of Lewis Several Swallows were seen around Tesco's car park this afternoon Carnan, South Uist A Willow Warbler was seen in a garden there Eochar, South Uist A Swallow was seen...
  2. Hawkeye

    9th April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th April 2020 Scolpaig, North Uist Circa 400 Barnacle Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese were there this morning. Bayhead, North Uist A Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were there this morning North Ford, North Uist A Common Tern was off Carinish...
  3. Hawkeye

    8th April 2020

    Western Isles /Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th April 2020 Loch na Meallaird, Benbecula Three Pintail, a drake and two females, were on the loch today Carinish, North Uist A Swallow was seen there today South Glendale, South Uist A Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest and 55...
  4. Hawkeye

    7th April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 7th April Ness, Isle of Lewis Eight Swallows were seen there this morning Carinish, North Uist 70 Whooper Swans and a Slavonian Grebe were seen there today
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 6th April 2020

    News from Andrew A morning walk along the track to East Loch Ollay was enlivened by the local Buzzards chasing a Red Kite from SW-NE just north of Mid Loch Ollay, last seen heading towards Stoneybridge Waterworks.
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 4th April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th April 2020 Loch Bailfinlay, Benbecula Two *Glossy Ibis* were seen there this afternoon "Hundreds" of Redwing being reported as moving through the Ness area of Lewis and large numbers also seen at Locheport, North Uist
  7. Hawkeye

    3rd April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd April 2020 Scolpaig, North Uist 96 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 24 Whooper Swans were resting there late morning. Iochar, South Uist A Short-eared Owl was seen by the roadside this evening More Wheatears are now being seen...
  8. Hawkeye

    2nd April 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 2nd April 2020 Langass Wood, North Uist Circa 10 Lesser Redpolls and a male Siskin were there today
  9. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 31st March 2020

    News from Tristan Four Pintail (scarce in Lewis) were in the flooded field between Sand Street (Stornoway) and Simon's Road (Steinish) this afternoon, with six Pinkfeet nearby.
  10. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 30th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 30th March Clachan, South Uist The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again in the channel at the north end of Loch Bee this morning South Glendale, South Uist A Siskin was seen in a garden there
  11. Hawkeye

    29th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th March 2020 North Ford, North Uist A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen off Carinish early morning. Coot Loch, Benbecula 10 Black-tailed Godwits were there this afternoon The Range, South Uist 95 Greenland White-fronted Geese and a...
  12. Chris Johnson

    28th March 2020

    55 white-fronted geese flew north over Ardivachar headland this afternoon.
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 27th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 27th March 2020 Lochmaddy, North Uist A Chiffchaff was singing there this morning Loch Sandary, North Uist The *Snow Goose* and two Pink-footed Geese were there today North Ford, North Uist An immature Glaucous Gull was there near...
  14. Hawkeye

    25th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th March 2020 Carinish, North Uist A Jack Snipe was there today Ruhba Ardvule Counting period: 08:15 - 11:10 Weather: Wind NW veering NNW - NNE - E f2-f1. 8/8 cloud, dull. Temp 6-7C. A three hour seawatch this morning produced 64...
  15. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 23rd March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd March 2020 Steinish, Isle of Lewis A *Common Crane* was seen from Simons Road this evening Borrisdale, Isle of Harris Two Wheatears were seen there today
  16. Hawkeye

    22nd March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd March 2020. Updated throughout the day Point, Isle of Lewis Two Snow Buntings were seen there today Meaveg, Isle of Harris 32 Whooper Swans were seen heading west this evening. Baleshare, North Uist A juvenile Glaucous Gull and...
  17. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 21st March 2020

    Western Isles /Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st March 2020. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen in Lower Sandwick today. Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris Three *Surf Scoters* (2 males and a female) were seen in amongst 260+ Common...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 20th March 2020. Updated throughout the day Balranald, North Uist The two ***Cackling Geese*** were again seen on the reserve. Loch Sandary, North Uist The *Snow Goose*, two Pink-footed Geese and the Coot were there today Clachan...
  19. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 19th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th March 2020. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Isle of Lewis The juvenile Glaucous Gull was again seen at the Marybank Salmon factory Bunovenaeder, Isle of Harris An adult Iceland Gull was at the whaling station this morning...
  20. Hawkeye

    18th March 2020

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th March 2020. Updated throughout the day Loch Leosaid, Isle of Harris 17 Whooper Swans were on the loch this morning Loch Mor, Benbecula A Black-tailed Godwit and 56 Whooper Swans were there today. Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist Counting...
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