• 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, 5th September 2020. Updated throughout the day

The Butt of Lewis
4 **Great Shearwaters** [2 together and 2 singles], 2 Leach's Petrels, 471 Sooty Shearwaters 51 Manx Shearwaters and a Great Northern Diver flew west past the Butt this morning between 07:00 - 09:00. Another **Great Shearwater**, 87 Sooty Shearwaters and 9 Great Skuas were later seen passing the Butt between 15:05 - 17:30. 8+ Lapland Buntings were nearby at Port Stoth at 12:30

Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis
The first skien of 27 Pink-footed Geese were seen heading south down The Minch

Loch na Reivil, North Uist
A Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were there late evening

Lochmaddy, North Uist
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua and six distant (presumed) Storm Petrels were seen from the Uig-Lochmaddy Ferry

Kilphder, South Uist
A Lapland Bunting was there this afternoon

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Juv Long-tailed Skua, photos courtesy of and ©Ian Andrews

Pectoral Sandpiper, photo courtesy of and ©Ian Andrews