• 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.
  • 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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Local Rarity 6th December 2017


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
A 2.5 hour seawatch this morning in dull and windy conditions (SSW F7/8) produced 15 Eider (14S 1N), 14 Long-tailed Duck (S), 24 Red-throated Divers (S), 4 Great Northern Divers (S), 3 Gannets (2S 1N), 10 Shag (N), 2 Black Guillemots (S) and 2 auk sp. Also present in the area were Tufted Duck 22, Long-tailed Duck 17, Goldeneye 3, Red-throated Diver 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Cormorant 16, Purple Sandpiper 60, Common Gull 185, Great Black-backed Gull 12, Herring Gull 225, Hooded Crow 3, Rock Pipit 1


Always Birding
The Little Egret was hunkered down at Eilean nan Ramh, Daliburgh this morning in this rather wet and blustery weather