• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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, 21st October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
A Ring Ouzel, a 1CY Iceland Gull, 10 Snow Buntings, 1000+ Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and 5 Blackbirds were on the island today. 2 Whooper Swans and 3 Long-tailed Ducks were in Village Bay

Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis
The Little Egret was seen there again early afternoon

Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris
A Drake Surf Scoter and a female Scaup were seen there this morning. A Grey Wagtail was nearby at Luskentyre and a Greenland Redpoll was seen at Northton

North Locheynort
A Ring Ouzel, 30+ Redwing and 15 Siskin were there this morning

Loch Bornish, South Uist
Two Little Egrets and 240+ Black-tailed Godwits were there early morning

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Ring Ouzel & Iceland Gull, St Kilda (C) Craig Nisbet


Senior Member
A minimum of 9 Ring Ouzels around the island today plus large numbers of Redwing, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. 4 Chiffchaffs were at Castlebay and 2 were at Creachan. 64 Whoopers and 20 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Castlebay in 40 minutes around mid morning.
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