• 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.
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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebriders bird sightings for today, 14th November 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, South Uist
500 Twite and 50 Snow Buntings were seen on the reserve today

Clachan, South Uist
The drake *Green-winged Teal* was again at the north end of Loch Bee this morning

South Glendale, South Uist
2 Siskins and a Common Redpoll were in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20 - 10:15
Weather: Wind NE veering N f2-3. Variable cloud and sunny periods. Temp 1 - 5C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 9 Eider (7S 2N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (N), 3 Red-throated Divers (1S 2N), 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 74 Shag (9S 65N), 4 Cormorants (S), 9 Kittiwakes (S) and 4 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 182, Wigeon 4, Teal 39, Tufted Duck 30, Goldeneye 2, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Great Northern Diver 1, White-tailed Eagle 2, Golden Plover 28, Black-tailed Godwit 14, Purple Sandpiper 12, Redshank 16 and Raven 2
 

Bruce

Senior Member
2 more Siberian Chiffchaffs (both heard calling) on Barra today, 1 at Castlebay, the other at Brevig. There has been a minimum of 10 Sibe Chiffs on the island since late October, a much higher total than I normally see here in autumn. 10 Fieldfares and a Common Chiffchaff were at Glen this morning and a Common Redpoll was at Creachan. On Loch Tangasdale the Ring-necked Duck was still present along with 34 Whooper Swans including 12 juveniles. The 2 Velvet Scoters were still at Caolas.

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