• 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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A Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail and the long staying Treecreeper were still at Castlebay today and c40 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Traigh Mhor. A Pink-footed Goose was at Allasdale.


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4 Greenland white-fronted geese at Loch Mor Benbecula with 36 gadwall & 16 shoveler on LochFada/Coot Loch.

3 slavonian grebes off Balivanich.

1 F common scoter, 1 slav grebe, 5 Scaup (4F/imms and 1 imm M( and c110 Greenland White-fronts at Loch Bee. Latter flushed off west side by Qinetiq Range helicopter activity

Siberian chiffchaff, 2 woodcock and M blackcap at Snishival Plantation.

Still F Brambling and up to 3 blackcaps (2MM & F), plus at least 1 woodcock over the last week or so in my garden at Bornish.

cheers, Andrew