• 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, 21st November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Baleshare, North Uist
A Snow Bunting, juvenile and a second winter Glaucous Gull were on the island today

Balivanich, Benbecula
A Grey Phalarope was off shore there early afternoon

North Bay, South Uist
A Grey Phalarope was seen there briefly this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:35-11:25
Weather: Wind WSW-W f6-7 gust f9. Initially 8/8 cloud with showers, becoming brighter with sunny spells. Temp 8C.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (S), 3 Long-tailed Ducks (S), 9 Red-throated Divers (8S 1N), 3 Shag (S), 52 Kittiwakes 1 Great Skua (S), 1Long-tailed Skua [juvenile dark morph] (S), 1 Guillemot (S), 2 Razorbills (S), 3 Black Guillemots (S) and 7 auk sp.
Also present in the area were Barnacle Goose 2, Greylag Goose 82, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 8, Tufted Duck 16, Cormorant 22, Lapwing 23, Golden Plover 5, Grey Plover 2, Purple Sandpiper 3, Great Black-backed Gull 5
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