• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 15th November 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
A large mixed flock of finches and Skylarks seen on the machair contained a Lapland Bunting, 30+ Snow Buntings and a Brambling. A drake Pintail was on Loch a' Roe

Loch Paible, North Uist
A Jack Snipe was seen there today

Knockintorran, North Uist
2 ***Cackling Geese*** and a Snow Goose were there today

Scotvien, Grimsay
3 Snow Buntings were there in the morning

South Glendale, South Uist
A Waxwing was in a garden there

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:35 - 09:20
Weather: Wind N f3, mix of cloud and some sunny spells. Temp 1.5 - 2.8C

A near 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 12 Eider (5S 7N), 8 Long-tailed Ducks (N), 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 1 Gannet (N) and 95 Shag (9S 86N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 144, Mute Swan 2, Whooper Swan 6 [5 adults 1 juvenile], Teal 2, Tufted Duck 25, Goldeneye 4, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 7, Hen Harrier 1, White-tailed Eagle 4, Golden Plover 2, Bar-tailed Godwit 8, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Hooded Crow 18, Raven 2

Water Rail, Askernish, photo courtesy of and © @Bill Neill
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