• 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, 19th October 2021. Updated throughout the day.

Balranald, North Uist
The two ***Cackling Geese*** were again seen on the reserve with Barnacle Geese

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** and was there again this morning, 150 yards south of the jetty. A 1CY *Mediterranean Gull* was also there. 50 Long-tailed Duck were nearby in Culla Bay

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

Carnan, South Uist
A Yellow-browed warbler was there this evening

The Range, South Uist
Nine Pink-feet were seen there today

Morghan, Barra
The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still still to be found at North Bay House. Two Little Egrets were also there and a Carrion Crow was at Cleat
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