• 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 bird sightings for today, 18th May 2021. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, South Uist
An adult male Dotterel was near the campsite early morning, to the east Aird an Runair. A group of eight Long-tailed Skuas passed Aird an Runair at distance at 06:46. Another 11 Long-tailed Skuas headed north at 16:00

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A juvenile Glaucous Gull and Ruff were seen there this morning

Dotterel (C) Richard Doan


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
A colour ringed Sanderling seen today at Kilpheder, South Uist by John Kemp turns out to be a bird that was ringed in Greenland in 2016! It had only been seen twice 10 days after ringing, until today

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Sanderling (C) John Kemp