• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Valasay, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* is atill on a small lochan towards Tacleit

Tiumpan head, Isle of Lewis
4 Great Skuas were surface feeding with a large gathering of auks and Kittiwakes. 2 Mute Swans and a Slavonian Grebe were nearby at Loch an Tiumpan

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A Great Tit, Treecreeper, Blackcap, and 3 Long-tailed Tits were seen in the Castle Grounds. A 2CY Iceland Gull and a Red-throated Diver were in the harbour area this morning

Aird an Runair, North Uist
2 Long-tailed Skuas were seen there this morning. 9 Black-tailed Godwits were nearnby at Loch nam Feithean

Hosta, North Uist
30 Whimbrel, 8 Brambling and a Corncrake were there today

Rubh' Arnal, North Uist
2 juvenile iceland Gulls were by the fish plant today

Baleshare, North Uist
The 5 Dotterel were again to the north-east of the beach car park

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
A Glaucous Gull was there today

Coot Loch, Benbecula
A drake Garganey, Pintail and a Little Egret were there this afternoon

Askernish, South Uist
A Woodpigeon and a Sedge Warbler were seen in the township

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Ring-necked Duck (C) Simon Neiderberger