• 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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YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
A quick morning trip across to Barra as a foot passenger, all the Barra -> Eriskay ferries for the day had no availability for a vehicle. So we owe a very big thank you to Ian Ricketts for picking us up and whizzing us up to Bolnabodach where we saw the Purple Heron :) Good also to have a quick catch up with Bruce and Kathy and also meet Dipper, the original finder of the Purple Heron. Ian then very kindly took us to Creachan where we saw the Wood Warbler then we had a very brief stop on the way back to the ferry to get Great Tit. Thanks Ian, much appreciated!

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Bruce

Senior Member
We arrived at Eoligarry at 10.40 this morning to find a tight flock of c40 Oystercatchers wheeling around the sky in panic mode. A quick scan around revealed the cause: an Osprey flying north over the area and out over the sea towards South Uist. At the same time there was a ringtail Hen Harrier also heading north out to sea, my first on Barra since early April.
 
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