• 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, 15th May 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Snowy Owl*** was seen there today

Butt of Lewis
The Dotterel was present, one mile west of the lighthouse

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Glaucous Gull was there today

Nunton, Benbecula
The Turtle Dove was again in fields by the hostel

The Range, South Uist
Eight Black-tailed Godwits were near the pools by Launch Area 2

Druidibeg plantation, South Uist
A Blackcap was seen there today

Smerclete, South Uist
The juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen there again today

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Snowy Owl (C) St Kilda Rangers