• 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, 2nd December 2020. Updated throughout the day

Balivanich, Benbecula
A female Common Scoter was seen offshore

Ardivachar, South Uist
A 1CY Iceland Gull and Lapland Bunting were to the south on Eochar machair

Carnan, South Uist
Two Brambling and a Water Rail were seen in a garden there

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:35-10:50
Weather: Wind WSW f6 gust f8. Mix of bright sunny spells and some heavy showers. Temp 7c falling to 5c.

A 2+ hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Long-tailed Duck (S), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 1 Fulmar (S), 14 Gannets (S), 11 Shag (N), 1 Cormorant (S), 1 Kittiwake (S), 3 Guillemots (S), 6 Razorbills (S) and 3 auk sp (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 117, Wigeon 6, Tufted Duck 13, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 18, Ringed Plover 76, Bar-tailed Godwit 17