• 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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National Rarity 8th December 2021

Hawkeye

Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th December 2021. Updated throughout the day

Ardmore, South Uist
The juvenile ***Lesser Scaup*** was again seen on Loch an Daill this morning

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:20-11:10
Weather: Wind N f3, dull at first but some sunshine later. Temp 4-6c.

A near 3 hour seawatch produced 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (S), 6 Eider (4S 2N), 1 Long-tailed Dick (S), 17 Red-throated Divers (4S 13N), 3 Great Northern Divers (S), 140 Shag (9S 131N - mainly northerly early morning flights from roosts), and 4 Kittwakes (S).
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 2, Wigeon 3, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 20, Great Northern Diver 2, Little Grebe 2, Cormorant 29, Curlew 8, Bar-tailed Godwit 39, Black-tailed Godwit 27, Purple Sandpiper 51, Redshank 18, Peregrine 1, and Rock Pipit 2
 
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