• 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
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 26th September 2018. Updated throughout the day

Hirta St Kilda
A juvenile *Common Rosefinch* was at An Lag this morning. The female ***Snowy Owl*** was seen this evening

Labost, Isle of Lewis
A Lapland Bunting was there this morning

Langass Lodge, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today and a Tree Pipit was nearby at Langass Wood.

Ardivachar, South Uist
A Jack Snipe was seen by the road today

Loch Bornish, South Uist
2 Little Egrets were seen on the west side of the loch late this afternoon

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:45 - 10:15
Weather: Wind W F4, 8/8 cloud, dull, rain at first. Misty at times at sea. Temp 12.5C

A 3+ hour seawatch this morning produced 2 Eider (!S 1N), 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 94 Gannets (91S 3N), 22 Shag (14S 8N), 1 Cormorant (S), 2 Arctic Terns (S), Guillemot (S), 4 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S) and 17 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 23, Red-throated Diver 2, Cormorant 7, Sparrowhawk 1, Common Buzzard 1, Lapwing 19, Ringed Plover 58, Curlew 3, Bar-tailed Godwit 5, Snipe 33, Rock Dove 5, Skylark 4, Pied Wagtail 1, Meadow Pipit 35, Rock Pipit 2 and Twite 65

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Snowy Owl & Juvenule Common Rosefinch (C) and courtesy of Cairan Hatsell
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A small arrival of migrants on Barra today, mainly Robins, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds but also single Lesser Whitethroats at Glen and Cuithir.