• 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, 16th December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
600+ Snow Buntings [with one report of 890 being present] and a Lapland Bunting were in a large mixed flock with Twite on the machair. A ***Todd's Canda Goose*** was with circa 600 Barnacle Geese at Aird an Runair and the drake Pintail was on still on Loch a' Roe

Knockintorran, North Uist
The 2 ***Cackling Geese*** and a Pink-footed Geese were there today

South Glendale, South Uist
The female Blackcap is still in a garden there


OH Bird Recorder
WeBS count today at Loch Bee and South Ford. Weather - dreich and dreary with a cold breeze!

Both sites were quieter compared to last month. Highlights at Loch Bee were 74 Greenland White-fronts, other geese present were 50 Barnacle Geese and the usual Greylags. c600 Wigeon and c450 Mute Swans were the highest counts of the day. Raptor-wise it was pretty good with Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Merlin (with prey, see photo below), Buzzard and 2 White-tailed Eagles all in the vicinity. A couple of large flocks of Twite and at least 100 Skylarks were present on the machair area. 3 Long-tailed Duck were also on Loch Bee.

Highlights at South Ford were over 100 Grey Plover and a high count of 120+ Shelduck. A large flock of Dunlin were out on the estuary.

A quick check of Stinky Bay on the way back from Balivanich where there were 30+ Redshank, 20+ Turnstones c25 Oystercatchers, a single Bar-tailed godwit and a small flock of around 16 Long-tailed Duck.

Merlin with prey item


Dreich and dreary with a cold wind!