• 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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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 6th November 2020. Updated throughout the day

Hirta, St Kilda
The ***Snowy Owl*** and two Black Redstarts were seen in village bay today. The remains of a racing pigeon which originated of Southern Ireland were also found recently

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
A ***Brown Shrike*** was seen there this afternoon

Sandwick, Isle of Lewis
A Greenland White-fronted Goose was seen there today

Gleann, Barra
The **Dusky Warbler*** was still present early afternoon as was a Siberian Chiffchaff. Another Siberian Chiffchaff was nearby atCastlebay

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Brown Shrike (C) and courtesy of Sam Elmer
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Not much time in the field today, but I managed a couple of brief views of the Dusky Warbler at Glen this afternoon. A Common Chiffchaff was at Creachan and what looks like another Siberian Chiffchaff was dead on the roadside at Brevig, presumably hit by a car.
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Dusky Warbler.