• 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,1st November 2019. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
10 Snow Buntings were there this morning.

South Dell, Isle of Lewis
3 Siberian Chiffchaffs seen near the old post office this morning. A Chiffchaff, 2 Woodcock, 2 Brambling and 3 Fieldfare were also present

Carinish, North Uist
The 4 Long-tailed Tits were there again this morning. A Woodcock was also seen

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:00 - 10:35
Weather: Wind ENE f4, 8/8 cloud, dull with light drizzle. Temp 7.6

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 14 Red-throated Divers (11S 3S), 58 Gannets (57S 1N), 18 Shag (3S 15N), 2 Cormorants (S), 3 Kittiwakes (2S 1N) and 7 auk sp (5S 2N).
Also present in the area were Wigeon 1, Teal 36, Tufted Duck 58, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 3, Great Northern Diver 3, Shag 26, Cormorant 6, Hen Harrier 1, White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Golden Plover 2, Grey Plover 1, Black-tailed Godwit 11, Turnstone 52, Knot 1, Dunlin 14, Snipe 8, Redshank 16, Merlin 1, Redwing 4, Meadow Pipit 4, Rock Pipit 4 andTwite 56
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