• 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 October 2021. Updated throughout the day.

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The Little Egret was there again this morning. 10 Barnacle Geese were in an adjacent croft and 1 Pink-footed Goose was on Loch from 11.20am.

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
Good numbers of Redwing reported passing through the township this morning. 100+ Greylag Geese came in off the sea at around 12.30

Coot Loch, Isle of Benbecula
The *Black-necked Grebe* was still present this morning.

Bornish, Isle of South Uist
Possible ***Todd's Canada Goose*** with Greylags this morning. A Slav Grebe was on Loch Ardvule, a Pintail was nearby and at least 120 Black-tailed Godwits were there too.


Senior Member
Little change today. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Morghan, Red-backed Shrike east of Cuithir and the American Golden Plover was seen briefly at Traigh Mhor.
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Red-breasted Flycatcher