• 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.
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Always Birding
A visit to North Loch Eynort on a very calm morning meant that I could hear the birds singing. Two male Whitethroats were in full voice and a Spotted Flycatcher was near the car park. There were several pairs of Redpolls in the new planation, some of which drew my attention to a roosting Long-eared Owl by their alarm calls. There was also a very illusiive bird whose song I was not familiar with but later realised it was a Red-breasted Flycatcher from a recording that I made.

Red-breasted Merganser


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th June 2019. Updated throughout the day

Hougharry. South Uist
A drake *Ring-necked Duck* was on Loch na Reival this morning

Loch Druidibeg, South Uist
The Osprey was there again today

North Loch Eynort, South Uist
The *Red-breasted Flycatcher* was still present in the afternoon

Bolnabodach, Barra
The **Purple Heron** was again seen on Loch an Ali this morning and still showing late afternoon

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:25 - 10:30
Weather: Wind ENE F3, mostly sunny, temp 9C.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-breasted Marganser (N), 3 Great Northern Divers (1S 2N), 5 Storm Petrels (N), 3 Fulmars (2S 1N), 74 Gannets (16S 58N), 1 Shag (S), 3 Cormorants (1S 2N), 1 Kittiwake (N), 1 Arctic Skua (N), 1 Razorbill (N) and 55 auk sp (9S 46N).
Also present in the are were Shelduck 4, Shoveler 2, Wigeon 4, Tufted Duck 7, Eider 11, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Cormorant 7, Common Buzzard 2, Sanderling 45, Dunlin 25, Arctic Tern 12, Rock Dove 8, Raven 4, Sand Martin 8, Wheatear 2, Pied Wagtail 3 and Twite 1

Purple Heron (C) and courtesy of Ian Ricketts
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