• 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, 15th February 2022. Updated throughout the day

Fivepenny, Isle of Lewis
A ***Todd's Canada Goose*** was on the flooded machair, possibly the same that was first seen in December

Rubha Thuilm, Isle of Lewis
A 3rd-winter Iceland Gull, 4 Canada Geese (Feral birds) and 2 Barnacles were amongst Greylags

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Todd's Canada Goose (C) Sam Hawkins


Always Birding
The 7 Fieldfare are still in and around Askernish township and yet another House Sparrow from Balnabodach, Barra was trapped in the garden. This birds ring sequence (VZ18707) was just 3 away from that caught in January (VZ18710) which is still here. The interchange of birds between here and Barra never ceases to amaze, the third bird in as many weeks.

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