• 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 October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
35 Snow Buntings and a Fieldfare were present early afternoon and a Puffin was seen off-shore.

Carinish, Isle of North Uist
A single Chiffchaff was there.

Loch Bee, Isle of South Uist
*Green-winged Teal* an eclipse male was present late afternoon and a second individual (or hybrid) also there.

Rubha Ardvule, Isle of South Uist
08:15-11:15 Weather: Wind SSW f5-7, initially 8/8 cloud, spell of light drizzle, brighter later. Temp 13c.
Eider 1 (N), Long-tailed Duck 1 (N), Red-breasted Merganser 3 (S), Red-throated Diver 5 (S), 1 (N), Great Northern Diver 53 (S), Gannet 154 (S) 2 (N), Shag 7 (N), Cormorant 1 (S), Kittiwake 20 (S), Common Gull 13 (S), Little Auk 1 (S), Razorbill/Guillemot 3 (S), Razorbill 2 (S), Black Guillemot 1 (S).
All in the area: Greylag Goose 32, Tufted Duck 28, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 18, Common Buzzard 1, Oystercatcher 87, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Turnstone 25, Redshank 9, Peregrine 1, Hooded Crow 2, Raven 2, Skylark 6, Pied Wagtail 3, Rock Pipit 2

Craigston, Isle of Barra
A Surf Scoter was offshore

St. Kilda
The ***Snowy Owl*** showed up today to wish the St. Kilda rangers cheerio, no doubt the Soay Sheep Project folks will be keeping their eye on her over the winter :)

Snowy Owl, St. Kilda. Courtesy of and (c) Craig Nesbit


Senior Member
A juvenile Surf Scoter was new in off Craigston today and a Little Egret was still at Northbay. A Brambling, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs were at Castlebay, a Brambling and Chiffchaff were at Eoligarry, 6 Pink-footed Geese and a juvenile Greenland White-front were at Allasdale.
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Surf Scoter.