• 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, 24th April 2022. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
2 Siskin and a Linnet were in Village Bay today. The Siskin is the first known record on St Kilda since 1999 and the Linnet is only the eighth record there

Loch an Tiumpan, Isle of Lewis
The drake *Ring-necked Duck* was seen on the loch this morning

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
218 Long-taile Duck and 4 Sand Martins were there this morning. The single Pink-footed Goose was also present amongst 20+ Greylags

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A juvenile Iceland Gulls was again in the harbour area

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A male Common Scoter flew north this afternoon and 40 White Wagtails were along the shore

Loch Sandary, North Uist
A third-winter Iceland Gull was there this afternoon

Baleshare, North Uist
5 Dotterel were seen to the north-east of the beach car park this afternoon

Coot Loch, Benbecula
7 Black-tailed Godwits and a Garganey were seen there today

West Gerinish, South Uist
25 Whimbrel were in the area today

Ardvule, South Uist
The Snow Bunting was seen there again this morning

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Siskin & Linnet, St Kilda (C) St Kilda Rangers


Always Birding
Plenty of waders on the beach at Askernish including thee colour ringed birds, 2 Oyc's and a Redshank. Now awaiting responses from the projects involved. My first Swallow of the year flew past the house this afternoon

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