• 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.
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 1st October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
Four *Ring-necked Ducks* were still present this morning at the north end of the loch, as were three Pectoral Sandpipers. The juvenile **Lesser Yellowlegs** was seen in the evening in front of the hide. 18 Snow Buntngs were nearby at the Butt of Lewis during the morning

Ardmhor, Barra
The *Common Rosefinch* was still there this morning

Nask, Barra
The *Kingfisher* was seen there by on rocks by the road this evening

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:25-12:05
Weather: Wind SW f5 increasing and veering WSW f8. Brief bright periods at first but mostly rain. Temp 9-10c.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 3 Eider (2S 1N), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 213 Gannets (204S 9N), 3 Shag (2S 1N), 3 Kittiwakes (S), 3 Guillemots (S), 11 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S), 1 Puffin [1CY] (S), and 7 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 9, Red-throated Diver 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 7, Turnstone 2, Sanderling 103, Dunlin 2, Snipe 1, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 1, Skylark 2, Wheatear 1, and Meadow Pipit 7
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