• 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, 14th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen in village bay today

A Ruff and four Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen on the island today

Knockintorran, North Uist
A Pink-footed Goose was seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10-11:05
Weather: Wind S f5-6, dull 8/8 cloud, light rain. Temp 10c

A three hour seawatch this morning produced 9 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S),10 Red-throated Divers (S) ,5 Great Northern Divers (S), 32 Gannets (S), 4 Shag (N), 1 Golden Plover (S - in off the sea), 5 Kittiwakes (4S 1N), 3 Cormorants (S), 1 Glaucous Gull [juvenile] (S) and 3 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Wigeon 9, Tufted Duck 27, Great Northern Diver 1, Common Buzzard 2, Lapwing 13, Purple Sandpiper 3, Rock Dove 12 and an Otter.
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