• 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 October 2021. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
Two ***Buff-bellied Pipits*** were on the island today. The **Short-toed Lark** was still present as was the Greenland White-fronted Goose. Two Lapland Buntings and seven Snow Buntings were also there.

Eight Storm Petrels and a Pomarine Skua were seen "at sea" from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry today

West Gerinish, South Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, and two Little Stint were in the south-west corner of Loch Bee. 36 Knot were also present as were 6 Brent Geese. Three Scaup, 38 Shoveler and 1100+ Wigeon were on the loch. A *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* was also seen on the Range

Stoneybridge, South Uist
A Snow Bunting was seen on the beach this morning

Bornish, South Uist
A Ruff was on seen on the machair there.