• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 4th September 2020. Updated throughout the day

Butt of Lewis
The Ruff was still at there today

Loch Ordais, Isle of Lewis
A Lapland Bunting was seen there today. The juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was also still present

Griminish Point, North Uist
A seawatch from 09:45 - 17:30 produced 150 Leach's Petrels, 1 Storm Petrel, 203 Sooty Shearwaters, 2,000 Manx Shearwaters, 874 Fulmars, 4 *Sabine's Gulls* (3 juveniles and an adult), 31 Kittiwakes, 5 Arctic Skuas, 7 Great Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua [adult], 111 Gannets, 11 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 10 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 22 Turnstones, 4 Knot, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Sanderling and 20 pale-bellied Brent Geese all heading west

Aird an Runair, North Uist
A seawatch this morning (0800-1145) produced the following all flying SW: 6 Fulmars, 43 Gannets, 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Skua, 25 Kittiwakes, 2 Leach's Petrels, 117 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Pomarine Skua and 8 Red-throated Divers.

Eoligarry, Barra
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua. 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Leach's Petrel, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Great Skuas and 11 Turnstone flew south this morning. A *Sabine's Gull* also flew south at 11.03.

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 06:20-11:10
Weather: Wind W - WSW f6-7, sunny periods with occasional showers. Temp 12-13C.

A near four hour seawatch this morning produced 8 Common Scoter (S), 3 Red-throated Divers (S), 7 Great Northern Divers (S), 1 Storm Petrel (S), 5 Leach's Petrels (S - peregrine took one), 29 Fulmars (S), 2 Sooty Shearwaters (S), 59 Manx Shearwaters (S), 395 Gannets (S), 2 Shag (S), 5 Oystercatchers (S), 2 *Sabine's Gulls* (single juveniles S at 08;30 & 10;25), 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (S), 9 Arctic Terns (S), 2 Great Skuas (S), 1 Pomarine Skua (S - juvenile), 2 Arctic Skuas (S), and 4 Razorbills (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 16, Red-throated Diver 1, Peregrine 1, Sand Martin 6, Swallow 3, Pied Wagtail 6, Meadow and Pipit 8.


Senior Member
A 2 hour post-work seawatch off the west side of Vatersay from 2pm produced 1 Leach's Petrel, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Great Skuas, c550 Manx Shearwaters and 31 Pale-bellied Brents in 2 flocks, all heading south.

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