• 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, 28th September 2020. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
At least two Yellow-browed Warblers were there today

Trumisgarry, North Uist
The Little Egret was again seen there

Loch Paible, North Uist
The **Lesser Yellowlegs** was seen late this afternoon, 12 Barnacle Geese were present earlier

Baleshare, North Uist
A single ***Blue-winged Teal*** was seen on Loch Mor today

Stinky Bay, Benbecula
Five Black-tailed Godwits were there this morning

Balgarva, South Uist
A juvenile *American Golden Plover* was on the beach at this afternoon

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Six Lapland Buntings and a Pink-footed Goose were there today

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Yellow-browed Warbler (C) and courtesy Soay Sheep Project


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness

In a SW gale at The Butt a Dotterel dropped in for 10 minutes (0930-0940) at the roadside pool near the lighthouse, and flew off when a passing vehicle spooked it, not to return. A walk out along the cliffs later flushed a Jack Snipe