• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 10th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Ness, Isle of Lewis
The ***Brown Shrike*** was again seen along the Cross Skigersta Road

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
At least one Hawfinch is still visiting a garden there

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
A drake Surf Scoter was in amongst 280 Common Scoter A Yellow-browed Warbler was nearby at Luskentyre while a Chiffchaff and Fieldfare were at Horgabost

Leverburgh, Isle of Harris
Seven Crossbills were seen flying east

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:15-10:15
Weather: Wind SSE f5-6, dull 8/8 cloud. Rain by end of watch. Temp 13C [A poor wind direction for much activity]

A two hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (N), 4 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 8 Red-throated Divers (7S 1N), 12 Gannets (S), 12 Shag (2S 10N), 2 Cormorants (S), and 4 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 13, Wigeon 9, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 20, Red-throated Diver 1, Cormorant 12 and Purple Sandpiper 3


Senior Member
Little in the way of new arrivals today, but a Siberian Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were by the football pitch at Castlebay, a Grey Wagtail was at Brevig and 3 Woodcock were seen around the island.
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Siberian Chiffchaff.