• 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 such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
  • 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 September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis
A Lapland Bunting was seen at Bosta

Leverburgh, Isle of Harris
A *Glossy Ibis* flew east this morning

Balgarva, South Uist
A Little Stint was seen there today

Loch Paible, North Uist
The ***Baird's Sandpiper*** and two Little Stint were still present this morning along the south side of the loch

Stoneybridge, South Uist
A ***Baird's Sandpiper*** was seen on the beach by the sea wall during a beach clean this morning

Howmore, Isle of South Uist
two Ruff were on the machair and 129 Blck-tailed Godwits were on the river

Bornish, South Uist
The *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* a Pectoral Sandpiper, three Ruff and four Barnacle Geese were on the machair in the morning which were joined by a second Pectoral Sandpiper late afternoon.

Askernish, South Uist
A *Common Rosefinch* was seen briefly in a garden there

Kilpheder, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen there late afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:10-10:50
Weather: Wind S f 2-3, 8/8 cloud, temp 13 - 14 c.
A near 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 3 Eider (S), 10 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 13 Red-throated Divers (S), 8 Great Northern Divers (S), 295 Gannets (264S, 31N), 11 Shag (N), 35 Kittiwakes (S), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (S), 3 Great Skuas (S), 1 Arctic Skua (S), 17 Razorbills (S) and 13 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Red-throated Diver 2, Grey Heron 1, White-tailed Eagle 1, Little Stint 1, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 7 and White Wagtail 4
 

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Barra.
Barred Warbler at Nask this morning, Pied Flycatchers at Ardmhor Plantation and Morghan and 22 Pale-bellied Brents at Traigh Mhor.
 
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