• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 14th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hitra, St Kilda
A male Snow Bunting, Chiffchaff, 60 Great Skuas, 30 Wheatears, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Swallows and a Blackbird were a few of the birds seen there today as part of Global Big Day

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
3 Pomarine Skuas passed north this morning, 1 at 10:00, 2 at 10:35. A drake Shoveler was seen briefy on nearby Loch an Tiumpan, a scarce visitor to Lewis

Scoloaig, North Uist
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was again on the north side of Beinn Scolpaig this morning and again seen in the afternoon and evening

Aird an Runair, North Uist
18 Long-tailed Skuas and 8 Pomarine Skuas flew north between 06:00 - 08:15 with a further 2 Long-tailed and 7 Pomarine Skuas north between 08:15 - 11:00

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Snow Bunting (C) St Kilda Rangers


Senior Member
A Green Sandpiper and a House Martin both about 200m north of the ferry terminal this afternoon. The ferry crossing back to Barra was quiet, but interesting to see a couple of small flocks of Twite flying south mid channel.