• 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 October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
A Little Egret was there this morning

Cheese Bay, North Uist
A Pied Flycatcher and three Redwing were there today

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The *Black-necked Grebe* was seen there again today

Askernish, South Uist
A Chiffchaff was seen in a garden there

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:40-10:35
Weather: Wind W f5-6 gust 7.Dull and murky, rain for much of watch. Temp 13c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Barnacle Goose (N), 4 Eider (3S 1N), 4 Red-throated Divers (3S 1N), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 434 Gannets (432S N), 4 Shag (1S 3N), 5 Golden Plovers (S - in of sea), 15 Kittiwakes (S), 39 Common Gulls (S), 3 Great black-backed Gulls (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 5 Razorbills (S), and 10 auk sp.
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 22, Red-breasted Merganser 7, Red-throated Diver 2, Common Buzzard 1, Ringed Plover 45, Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Turnstone 20, Sanderling 15, and Dunlin 8

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Little Egret (C) Sam Hawkins


Senior Member
Red-breasted Flycatcher at Morghan, 30+ Siskins, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Creachan and a Barred Warbler also reported there by others.
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Red-breasted Flycatcher