• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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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whooper swans

  1. Hawkeye

    National Rarity 3rd April 2022

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 3rd April 2022. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis 3 Snow Buntings including 1 male at lighthouse at 10am today, 2 adult Whoopers on the loch and good numbers of Redwings flying around in Point (into 3 figures). Loch...
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    Whooper Swan

    Whooper Swan, South Uist, March 2022 (C) MisterT
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    Whooper Swans

    Whooper Swans, Loch Bee, South Uist, February 2022 (C) MisterT
  4. 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...
  5. Hawkeye

    29th March 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 29th March 2021. Updated throughout the day Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis A Great Skua flew west this morning and two Greylag Geese were seen to come in over the Minch before continuing north. A second winter Iceland Gull was nearby at Loch...
  6. Hawkeye

    Local Rarity 26th March 2021

    Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 26th March 2021. Updated throughout the day. Tiumpan head, Isle of Lewis An immature Iceland Gull was there at midday West Gerinish, South Uist 347 Whooper Swans and two Scaup were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee Howmore, South...
  7. Hawkeye

    25th March 2021

    Loch Fada, Benbecula The Little Egret was present early afternoon (see post below) Askernish, South Uist A male Blackcap was seen in the township this morning Loch Hallan, South Uist 328 Whooper Swans were on the loch this evening
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