• 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

    25th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 25th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Isle of Lewis Six Lapland Buntings were still to be found on the machair this morning Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis A 2CY Iceland Gull was seen there this evening Kilaulay, South Uist...
  2. Hawkeye

    24th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th April 2021. Updated throughout the day St. Kilda The ranger reports a few migrants around, Iceland Gull, Redwing, Pink-footed Goose, Black-tailed Godwit and that the White-tailed Eagle remains there too Lionel, Isle of Lewis Ten...
  3. Hawkeye

    23rd April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 23rd April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis The first Lewis Corncrake was heard calling there today South Lochboisdale, South Uist A Cuckoo was there this morning West Kilbride, South Uist A dark phase...
  4. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 22nd April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd April 2021. Updated throughout the day Skigersta, Isle of Lewis A *White-billed Diver* was again seen there this afternoon. Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis Seven Lapland Buntings and eight Black-tailed Godwits were seen there this...
  5. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 21st April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis Three Lapland Buntings were near there this evening. A female Scaup, drake Pintail, female Gadwall, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Barnacle Geese and 9 Pink-footed...
  6. Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied brent Goose, North Bay, South Uist 2021 (C) Hebridean Imaging
  7. Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting, Balranald, North Uist 2021 (C) Roger Auger
  8. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 20th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 21st April 2021. Updated throughout the day Fivepenny, Ness, Isle of Lewis 16 Black-tailed Godwits were on Loch Beag at midday Melbost, Isle of Lewis 70+ Black-tailed Godwits were there today Balranald, North Uist A ***Cackling Goose***...
  9. Hawkeye

    19th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis An Iceland Gull was seen there today. Two Woodpigeons were nearby at Knockaird this morning Baleshare, North Uist A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 18 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were...
  10. Spoonbill

    Spoonbill

    Spoonbill, Loch Stiapabhat, Lewis April 2021 (C) Sam Hawkins
  11. Jack Snipe

    Jack Snipe

    Jack Snipe, Barra 2021 (C) Ian Ricketts
  12. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 17th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 17th April 2021. Updated throughout the day. Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of lewis 11 Lapland Buntings were seen around the sheep throughs and a pair of Pintail, a male Goosander and a Scaup were on the loch. A *Spoonbill* which was first seen...
  13. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 16th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 16th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Port Stoth, Isle of lewis An Iceland Gull was seen there today Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis Eight Lapland Buntings, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, a male Goosander, female Scaup and female Gadwall...
  14. Hawkeye

    15th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Lionel, Isle of Lewis Circa 300 Pink-feet landed on the machair this afternoon and three Black-tailed Godwits were by Loch Beag, Fivepenny North Ford, North Uist Two Little Terns were seen off...
  15. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 14th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Stornoway, Lewis Two Willow Warblers and 100's of Redwings were in the Castle Grounds this morning. Five Lesser Redpoll were also visiting a garden there The Braigh, Isle of Lewis 12 Velvet...
  16. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 13th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Butt of Lewis A 3CY Iceland Gull was there this morning. 6+ Lapland Buntings and a Black-tailed Godwit were nearby at Loch Stiapabhat (see post below) Loch na Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis The *Snow...
  17. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 12th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 12th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch an Duin, Aird, Isle of Lewis A *Snow Goose* was feeding there with a group of Greylags early afternoon Balranald, North Uist A ***Todd's Canada Goose*** and 27 Lapwings were there this...
  18. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 11th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th April 2021. Geese again on the move with circa 300 Barnacle Geese flying north over Carinish, North Uist and circa 250 high over Askernish, South Uist this morning and 1,500 Pink-feet were seen heading north in Ness. 5,000+ Barnacle...
  19. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 10th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Large numbers of Whooper Swans, White-fronts and Barnacle Geese were reported as "moving north" throught the islands today. 220 Pink-footed Geese flew over Benbecula late afternoon and another...
  20. Hawkeye

    9th April 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 9th April 2021. Updated throughout the day Loch Stiapabhat, Lewis Circa 200 Whooper Swans and 180 Pink-feet were there today, still held up by the weather Laxay, Isle of Lewis A Jack Snipe was seen there today Baleshare, North Uist The...
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