• 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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Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th May 2022. Updated throughout the day

Balranald, North Uist
A *White-billed Diver* was seen off Aird an Runair this morning. 5 Pomarine and 4 Long-tailed Skuas 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and 32 Whimbrel passed north between 07:00 - 09:00. Another 5 Long-tailed Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 55 Whimbrel and 40 Common Scoter also flew north between 14:30 - 17:50. A Snow Bunting was also seen on the beach.

Balranald, North Uist
The 2 Garganey (one drake) were again seen on Loch nam Feithean

Carinish, Horth Uist
30 Whimbrel flew along the beach this eveing

Coot Loch, Benbecula
The drake Garganey was again seen on the loch early afternoon. A single Black-tailed Godwit was also there. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby at Loch na Meallaird

Howmore, South Uist
25 Whimbrel were on seen on the machair and an Arctic Skua was also seen in the area
 

MisterT

Always Birding
Circa 70 Whimbrel on Frobost machair with my first Greylag goslings on a loch there. The Woodpigeon is still in Askernish township as are the 2 Common Redpolls

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Eider, Frobost
 
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