• 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

    New - now available as an ebook

Local Rarity 11th October 2021


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 11th October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Huisinish, Isle of Harris
400 Barnacle Geese and 100 Pink-footed Geese were seen heading south this morning.

Northton, Isle of Harris
380 Barancle Geese were seen flying south this morning. A Redwing and Chiffchaff were there

Grenitote, North Uist
2000+ Barnacle Geese and 32 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were there this afternoon

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The *Black-necked Grebe* was there this morning and seen again in the afternoon

The Range, South Uist
16 Black-tailed Godwits were seen by Launch Area 2

A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen on the island today


Always Birding
Pink-feet on the move over Askernish this morning with 200+ in two skiens. Also 47 Whoopers late morning. A Chiffchaff was in the garden in late afternoon