• 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.
  • 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 November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St. Kilda
The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen today above village bay

Baleshare, North Uist
17 Snow Buntings and two 1CY Glaucous Gulls were seen at Eachkamish

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05-10:40
Weather: Wind W veering WNW f4-5, initially 8/8 cloud, sunny spells later with occasional heavy showers. Temp 9c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 10 Eider (7S 3N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 17 Red-throated Divers (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (2S 1N), 6 Gannets (S), 25 Shag (8S 17N), 2 Cormorants (S), 1 Golden Plover (S - in off the sea) and 4 Kittiwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Gadwall 2, Wigeon 6, Tufted Duck 5, Long-tailed Duck 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 18, Knot 1, Purple Sandpiper 45, Great Black-backed Gull 5 and Rock Pipit 1


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2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were still by the football pitch at Castlebay; they've been present for several weeks now and look likely to spend the winter here. The Treecreeper was still there too plus a Common Chiffchaff. A Pink-footed Goose was on Loch Tangasdale with Greylags. There seemed to have been a further influx of Chaffinches and Redwings around the island.

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