• 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, 27th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Aird an Runair, North Uist
2 Pomarine and 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew north early morning

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
The drake Surf Scoter was seen offshore this morning and again in the afternoon. A 2CY *Ring-billed Gull* was also there late afternoon. A pair of Garganey were reported as being nearby at Loch Mor

Loch Hallan, South Uist
The Viking Gull (Glaucous x Herring) was seen there today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:30-09:30
Weather: Wind WNW veering NW f7 - 6. Cloudy and dull. Temp 11 - 10c

A 3 hour seawatch this morning produced Red-throated Diver (1S, 1N), Great Northern Diver 1N, Fulmar 10N, Manx Shearwater 35N, Gannet (5S, 109N), Shag 1S, Kittiwake (1S, 18N), Arctic Skua 1N, Guillemot 1N, Razorbill 36N, auk sp (4S, 55N), and Puffin 1N
Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 8, Arctic Tern 35, and Sand Martin 8