• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 18th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The *Little Ringed Plover* was still there this morning. Also present were 2 Yellow Wagtails (male thunbergi + female), 2 Whitethoats, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whooper Swan, 2 male Snow Buntings , a Redwing, 4 Wood Pigeons, and 3 Collared Doves

Port of Nis, Isle of lewis
2 *White-winged Black Terns* were seen flying south-east past Adabroc at 20:45

A House Martin was seen on the north side of the island

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A Swift was seen there today

Aird an Runair, North Uist
2 Pomarine skuas flew north betweeen 10:00-11:00. A Green Sandpiper was seen in flight near the vistors centre

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Wood Sandpiper was seen there today

Balivanich, Benbecula
A Turtle Dove was visiting a garden there

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The 2 Canada Geese were seen there today. The Little Egret was nearby at Loch Fada

Ardivachar Point, South Uist
The Viking Gull (Glaucous x Herring) Gull was there again this morning

Bornish, South Uist
4 Siskins are visiting a garden there

Allasdale, Barra
The Turtle Dove was there again this afternoon

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Turtle Dove (C) Lorraine Humphrey Little Ringed Plover, Grey-headed Wagtails (C) Craig Nisbet