• 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 October 2021. Updated throughout the day.

St. Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** has been seen there again today. A Jack Snipe was also on the island

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The Little Egret was there again this morning at the east end of the loch

Stinky Bay, Isle of Benbecula
A ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and a Pectoral Sandpiper were there this morning

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

Traigh Mhor, Barra
The *American Golden Plover* was only heard in the area today. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at North Bay House an there were now two Little Egrets on the island