• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th January 2019. Updated throughout the day

Bunavoneadar, Isle of Harris
A Brambling was there today

Seilebost, Isle of Harris
50 Long-tailed Ducks and 200 Common Scoters were seen offshore

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50 - 10:55
Weather: Wind ESE veering SE F5-6, 8/8 cloud. light rain. Temp 4.5C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (S), 2 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 6 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Gannets (N), 10 Shag (N), 4 Cormorants (N) and 3 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 76, Pink-footed Goose 2, Shelduck 4, Wigeon 259, Teal 1, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 2, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 2, Hooded Crow 4, Raven 2 and Twite 26