• 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, 20th December 2019. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
Circa 400 Snow Buntings are still on the machair and a juvenile Iceland Gull was seen along the shore

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 09:00 - 10:55
Weather: Wind N backing NW f2, 8/8 cloud, dull with light drizzle. Murky out to sea. Temp 6C.

A 2 hour seawatch this morning produced 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (6S 5N), 5 Shelduck (S), 2 Eider (S), 4 Long-tailed Ducks (2S 2N), 4 Red-throated Divers (2S 2N), 30 Shag (7S 23N) and 1 Cormorant (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Wigeon 53, Teal 5, Tufted Duck 18, Eider 1, Long-tailed Duck 36, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 21, Bar-tailed Godwit 12, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Black-headed Gull 2, Hooded Crow 4, Skylark 1, Rock Pipit 1, Snow Bunting 6