• 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, 23rd September 2020. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
Two Barnacle Geese and a Wood Sandpiper were seen on the reserve today

Loch Mor, Baleshare
Three ***Blue-winged Teal*** were there this morning. Four birds were present at 12:31

Log Gorm, Baleshare
Two *Buff-breasted Sandpipers* and a Pectoral Sandpiper were on the west side of Lag Gorm mid-morning. An *American Golden Plover* was seen there late afternoon

Balgarva, South Uist
A Little Stint was seen there around midday

The Range, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen behind Launch Area 2 at 15:44

Howmore, South Uist
A Little Stint was on the Howmore River on the beach below the bridge this morning


Senior Member
A 1st winter Citrine Wagtail was on the beach at Cleat this afternoon among a small flock of Pied and White Wagtails. A circuit of the island produced 3 Pied Flycatchers, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and several family groups of Pink-footed Geese. A Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Redwings were seen by others.

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