• 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 October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
A Lapland Bunting and three Snow Buntings were there today as were circa 1,500 Redwings, a Water Rail and one of the Common Sandpipers

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

Cheese Bay, North Uist
The Pied Flycatcher was still present this morning

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The *Black-necked Grebe* was seen there again today. A Swallow was seen nearby at Balivanich and 100+ Redwings were at Torlum

North Locheynort
A Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were seen there today

Cuithir, Barra
A *Red-backed Shrike* was seen there at midday

Morghan, Barra
The Red-breasted flycatcher was still present in North Bay House this morning

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Red-breasted Flycatcher (C) Ian Ricketts


Always Birding
A constant stream of small groups of geese passing south over Askernish this morning including 14 White-fronts. Whoopers also moving with some 40+ passing over during the morning and 120 during the afternoon, some settling on Loch Hallan. Chiffchaff in the garden early afternoon


Senior Member
In addition to some of those mentioned above.

Howmore: Pied Flycatcher, lesser whitethroat, 2 blackcaps, 2 chiffchaffs, and a siskin

Loch Druidibeg plantation; blackcap and 3 siskins

2 chiffchaffs in my garden in Bornish

Generally a lot more redwings around


Senior Member
The American Golden Plover was at Traigh Mhor briefly this afternoon before flying towards the machair. This bird seems to be a loner and didn't seem to be part of the plover flock. It also appears to be missing its right leg! Also 3 Grey Plovers and 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese still at Traigh Mhor and the Little Egret was at Ardmhor again. There was an increase in Redwings and Siskins with at least 60,(probably more) of the latter around the island.
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American Golden Plover