• 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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On Barra the Ring-necked Duck was still on Loch Tangasdale. 64 Fieldfares and a Brambling were at Brevig, while 5 Siskins, another Brambling and 2 Blackcaps were at Creachan. 59 Black-throated Divers were off the east side of Vatersay this afternoon: my highest count to date, though I suspect it may have been higher still if the conditions weren't so gloomy! Also a late Whimbrel, a Woodcock and a Fieldfare on the headland there and 4 Pink-footed Geese on the roadside at Caolas.



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News from Andrew:-
The lesser yellowlegs and at least 3 white-rumped sandpipers this morning at high tide at Ardivachar. Juv/1st winter Iceland gull at Launch Area 2 pools but no sign of the pec sand. Single siskin, 3 brambling, goldcrest, woodcock and chiffchaff in my garden.