• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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, 14th April 2021. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Lewis
Two Willow Warblers and 100's of Redwings were in the Castle Grounds this morning. Five Lesser Redpoll were also visiting a garden there

The Braigh, Isle of Lewis
12 Velvet Scoter and 300+ Great Northern Divers were offshore to the north this evening

Steinish, Isle of Lewis
Two 2CY Iceland Gulls were there this evening

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
A drake and famale Surf Scoter 150+ Common Scoter, 350+ Eider, 20 Long-tailed Ducks and 10 Great Northern Divers were there today

Gearraidh Gall, North Uist
A Lapland Bunting was seen there today

Balranald, North Uist
A juvenile Iceland Gull, three Sand Martins, a Swallow and a Black-tailed Godwit was seen there today. The ***Todd's Canada Goose*** was nearby at Loch Grogarry. 14 White-fronted Geese were at Loch nam Feithean

Smerclete, South Uist
An Immature Glaucous Gull and a Swallow were seen there this evening. Also 60 Pink-footed Geese heading north.

Circa 450 Pink-feet passed north offshore during the day and 67 Great Northern Divers were in the sound