• 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 November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Baleshare, North Uist
A 2CY Glaucous Gull was on the island this morning

Kildonan, South Uist
Two Snow Buntings were on the beach between Kildonan and Bornish this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05-10:50
Weather: Wind W backing WSW, initially 8/8 cloud with occasional light showers, sunny spells later. Temp 9C

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 5 Common Scoter [2 males] (S), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 6 Great Northern Divers (S), 21 Gannets (S), 21 Shag (6S 15N), 73 Kittiwakes (S), 6 Great Black-backed Gulls (S), 1 Iceland Gull [juvenile] (S), 1 Guillemot (S) and 5 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 37, Mallard 115, Tufted Duck 18, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 12, Purple Sandpiper 6, Redshank 9, Black-headed Gull 1, Hooded Crow 4, Raven 4, Twite 90 and Linnet 2
 
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