• 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, 20th June 2019. Updated throughout the day

Garrabost, Isle of Lewis
A Quail was flushed from a croft there today.

Seilebost, Isle of Harris
3 Whooper Swans were there this morning

Sollas, North Uist
A male Siskin was seen there today.

Coot Loch, Benbecula
7 Black-tailed Godwits were seen around the loch

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:05 - 09:55
Weather: Wind SW veering W then WNW F4. Initially 8/8 cloud and showers, sunny spells later. Temp 11C.

A near 4 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (N), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 7 Fulmars (2S 5N), 39 Manx Shearwaters (35S 4N), 173 Gannets (125S 48N), 1 Shag (S), 3 Cormorants (N), 1 White-tailed Eagle [adult] (N), 25 Kittiwakes (23S 2N), 2 Great Skuas (S), 2 Arctic Skuas (S), 58 Guillemots (S), 67 Razorbills (S), 2 Black Guillemots (S), 1 Puffin (S) and 66 auk sp (53S 13N).
also present in the area were Tufted Duck 8, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 11, Common Buzzard 1, Arctic Tern 16, Sand Martin 14, Wheatear 1 and Pied Wagtail 5


Always Birding
An unusual sight at any time of year was 142 Bar-tailed Godwits roosting on the west bank of Loch Bee. A Whimbrel was also on the machair.

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Shelduck and Little Grebe with chicks