• 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, 13th September 2020. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
A juvenile Dotterel and 38 Lapland Bunting were to the south-west of the lighthouse this morning

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
The juvenile ***Semipalmated Sandpiper*** was again seen on the beach

Baleshare, North Uist
A ***Baird's Sandpiper*** was at the north-west end of Lag Gorm this morning. The two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* and a Lapland Bunting were also there

Eochar, South Uist
A Curlew Sandpiper was on the mud flats by Hebridean Jewellery this morning and three were there in the evening

North Boisdale, South Uist
A Whimbrel and four Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:45-15:35
Weather: Wind SW f6 gust f7, 8/8 cloud, heavy rain, variable mist at sea. Temp 14-15C

A near six hour seawatch today produced 12 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 7 Storm Petrels (S), 1 Leach's Petrel (S), 98 Fulmars (S), 37 Manx Shearwaters (S), 946 Gannets (944S 2N), 6 Golden Plover (S - in off the sea), 9 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 29 Razorbills (S) and 42 auk sp (S).
A Teal and a Red-throated Diver were also in the area

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Dotterel (C) and courtesy of Rob Lewis


Senior Member

The 2 Blue-winged Teals reappeared at Eoligarry today after 2 days' absence. A first winter Med Gull was nearby this morning and 9 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor.

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