• 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, 23rd October 2020. Updated throughout the day

North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis
A Carrion Crow was again seen on Traigh Mhor with a Hooded Crow

Loch Paible, North Uist
The two ***Richardson's Cackling Geese*** were there again today

Loch na Paisg, Baleshare
Three ***Blue-winged Teal*** were seen there today

Gleann, Barra
Two Hawfinch, a Yellow-browed Warbler, two Siberian Chiffchaffs, Garden Warbler and Blackcap were there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:50-12:10
Weather: Wind SW veering WSW f5-6, mix of sunny spells and cloudy periods. Temp 9-10C.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Eider (N), 4 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 7 Red-throated Divers (S), 5 Great Northern Divers (S), 303 Gannets (291S 12N), 2 Shag (1S 1N), 13 Cormorants (S), 2 Purple Sandpipers (S), 53 Kittiwakes (S), 1 Glaucous Gull [juvenile] (S), 5 Razorbills (S) and 1 Black Guillemot (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 63, Tufted Duck 14, Golden Eagle1, White-tailed Eagle1, Grey Plover 2, Ringed Plover 26, Curlew 3, Turnstone 16, Sanderling 48, Dunlin 16, Rock Dove 85, Hooded Crow 6, Raven 1, Skylark 3 and Pied Wagtail 1