• 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, 25th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
A 2CY Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull were in the harbour area this afternoon

Loch Branahuie, Isle of Lewis
2 female Long-tailed Ducks were seen on the loch this morning

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A total of 33 Pomarine Skuas, and 15 Long-tailed Skua flew north during the day. A further 9 Pomerine Skuas flew north past Loch Paible beach at 14:30

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The 2CY drake Surf Scoter was seen there this afternoon

Ardivachar Point
The Viking Gull (Glaucous x Herring) was on the beach opposite the cemetery

Loch Eynort, South Uist
A drake Goosander was seen at the head of the loch

Loch nan Faoileann, Daliburgh, South Uist
A single **Red-rumped Swallow** was seen there this morning to the north of Daliburgh school

Creachan, Barra
A Pied Flycatcher was there this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 07:55-13:10
Weather: Wind WSW veering W f5-6, increasing f6-7. Mix of sunny spells and brief showers. Temp11 - 12c.

A 5+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Long-tailed Ducks (N), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 44 Fulmars (23S 21N), 274 Manx Shearwaters (188S 86N), 465 Gannets (191S 274N), 1 Shag (S), 24 Kittiwakes (15S 9N), 1 Great Skua (N), 12 Pomarine Skuas (N), 1 Arctic Skua (N), 2 Razorbills (N), and 59 auk sp (38S 21N).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Mute Swan 2, Tufted Duck 8, Eider 2, Whimbrel 1, Arctic Tern 47, Peregrine 2, and Sand Martin 8


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Rosy Starling at Bruernish this evening.
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