• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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, 17th August 2020

Butt of Lewis
A Pomarine Skua, three Sooty Shearwaters and eight Storm Petrels were seen during a seawatch this morning

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
Two Sooty Shearwaters flew north this afternoon

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags this afternoon.

Ardivachar, South Uist
A juvenile Ruff was on the shore this morning

West Gerinish, South Uist
The *Spoonbill* was again in the south-west corner of Loch Bee before flying off high to the north-east. A juvenile cuckoo was also in the area

Spoonbill (C) and courtesy of Brian Rabbitts