• 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, 5th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
The male **Ortolan Bunting** was again seen in a garden there this evening

Balranald, North Uist
A single Pomarine Skua flew north past Aird an Runair at 17:12. 3 Arctic Skuas and 5 Great Skuas were also seen during the day. A single Garganey was nearby on Loch nam Feithean

Howmore, South Uist
52 Whimbrel, and a single Arctic Skua and Black-tailed Godwit were seen there today

Askernish, South Uist
2 Common Redpolls are still visiting feeders in the township
 
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