• 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).

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 22nd September 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
A ***Buff-bellied Pipit*** was seen there this morning. The Pectoral Sandpiper and Snow Bunting were also still present

Butt of Lewis
A single Snow Bunting flew from the cliffs circa 800 metres west of the lighthouse

Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis
A 2.5 hour seawatch today produced 7 Great Skua, 1 Pomerine Skua (pale adult), 54 Manx Shearwaters, 300 Gannets, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 adult *Sabine's Gulls*, 12 Red-throated Divers, 5 Leach's Petrel's, 3 Storm Petrels, 221 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Velvet Scoters,
11 Golden Plover (in-off the sea), 7 Guillemots, 4 Razorbills and 1 Puffin

Loch Ordais, North Uist
A Little Stint was seen there this morning. 170 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Pink-footed Goose were roosting there early morning

Six Sooty Shearwaters and a Sabine's Gull were seen at sea in Highland region from the Stornoway - Ullapool ferries

Griminish Point, North Uist
Two Leach's Petrels, a juvenile long-tailed Skua and 42 Sooty Shearwaters flew past between 08:40-11:00. Also 7 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua, 87 Razorbills, 8 Puffins, 3 Guillemot, 1Black Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar, 8 Arctic Terns, 26 Red-throated Divers, 8 Great Northern Divers. 1Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Eiders, 61 Gannets, 13 Golden Plover and a Turnstone

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A Coot and a single Black-tailed Godwit were thre today

Loch Bee, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper, a Ruff and 22 Knot were on the west side of the loch late morning and a Little Stint was seen there in the afternoon. The ***Long-billed Dowitcher*** was also reported as being present late afternoon which was later re-identified as a Black-tailed Godwit. 30 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south at Ardivachar Point

Howmore, South Uist
127 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the river today

Drimsdale, South Uist
250+ Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the machair there

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:00-10:10
Weather: Wind W - WSW f4, 8/8 cloud with rain for much of watch. Temp 13c.

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 7 Red-throated Diver (S), 4 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Storm petrel (S), 2 Manx Shearwaters (S), 265 Gannets (263S 2N), 1 Lesser Black-baced Gull (S), 1 Arctic Tern (S), 1 Great Skua (S), and 13 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Shelduck 1, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Red-throated Diver 2, Whimbrel 1, Raven 2, and Pied Wagtail 2. 30 Black-tailed Godwits were on the machair

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Buff-bellied Pipit (C) Craig Nisbet