• 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 such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 24th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Frobost, South Uist
Four Snow Buntings were on the beach early afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:10-11:30
Weather: Wind SW f5-6, 8/8 cloud, very dull, a few light showers. Temp 9c.

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Wigeon (S), 3 Eider (S), 11 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 22 Red-throated Divers (19S 3N), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (2S 1N), 2 Sooty Shearwaters (S), 26 Gannets (25S 1N), 26 Shag (2S 24N), 2 Cormorants (N), 5 Kittiwakes (4S 1N), 5 Common Gulls (S) and 1 auk sp.
Also present in the area were Gadwall 2, Wigeon 37, Mallard 83, Tufted Duck 12, Long-tailed Duck 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 3, Cormorant 17, Golden Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 54, Glaucous Gull [juvenile] 1 and Peregrine 1