• 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.
  • 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 November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Four Long-tailed Tits are visiting a garden in Sand Street

Loch Sandary, North Uist
The *Green-winged Teal* was again on the loch and an Iceland Gull was also in the area

Baleshare, North Uist
A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the island this afternoon

Carinish, North Uist
A Fieldfare was seen there today

Carnan, South Uist
Two Brambling and a Water Rail were seen in a garden there

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:30-10:25
Weather: Wind SSW f4, 8/8 cloud, spells of drizzle. Temp 9c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 9 Eider (7S 2N), 10 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 22 Red-throated Divers (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 6 Gannets (S), 14 Shag (3S 16N) and 2 Cormorants.
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 20, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 4, Cormorant 18, Black-headed Gull 1, Skylark 1 and Rock Pipit 2