• 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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National Rarity 13th November 2019


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 13th Novemebr 2019. Updated throughout the day

Loch Paible, North Uist
The ***Cackling Goose*** was again seen there amongst Barnacle Geese

Loch Sandary, North Uist
2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Chiffchaff around the loch today

Clachan, South Uist
A Little Egret was at the north end of Loch Bee this morning.

Askernish, South Uist
A female Blackcap was seen in a garden today

South Glendale, South Uist
A female Blackcap and 2 Siskins were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:55 - 10:00
Weather: Wind E - ESE f2. Cloud at first, brighter spells later. Temp1.4 - 3C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 10 Eider (S), 7 Common Scoter (N), 10 Long-tailed Duck (S), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 5 Great Northern Divers (S), 3 Gannets (S), 104 Shag (2S 102N), 2 Cormorants (S) and 1 Kittiwake (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 161, Pink-footed Goose 1, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 30, Goldeneye 2, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 9, Hen Harrier 1, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 35, Black-tailed Godwit 21, Purple Sandpiper 11, Redshank 17, Merlin 1, Raven 2


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A Long-tailed Tit was at Glen, Barra this afternoon feeding in the same area as a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Common Chiffchaff and several Goldcrests. There were also 2 Woodcock at Glen including one sat out on the open hillside. At least 1 Tree Sparrow was still at Brevig an the 2 Velvet Scoters were still off Caolas, Vatersay.

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