• 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.
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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 8th October 2020. Updated throughout the day

Trumisgarry, North Uist
A Little Egret was seen there today

Grenitote, North Uist
A Yellow-browed Warbler was there today

Paiblesgarry, North Uist
A Turtle Dove was visiting a garden there

Baleshare, North Uist
A Yellow-browed warbler was seen on the dune edge on Lag Gorm today

West Gerinish, South Uist
The *American Golden Plover* was again in the south-west corner of Loch Bee

Druidibeg Plantation
Two Yellow-browed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, two Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and three Brambling were seen there today.

Aird-mhicheil, South Uist
A Lapland Bunting was in the cemetery this morning and 47 Barnacle Geese flew south

North Locheynort, South Uist
A Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher three Blackcaps, 20 Bramblings and six Yellow-browed Warblers were there this morning. 32 Whooper Swans flew south during the morning. A Grey Wagtail was there late afternoon

Askernish, South Uist
The Pied Flycatcher was still in the township late morning and a Swallow passed through early afternoon

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Little Egret & Turtle Dove (C) and courtesy of Jarad Wilson and Peter Murray


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
News from Ness:-

Port of Ness
Yellow-browed Warbler – 4
Willow Warbler – 1
Goldcrest – 2
Pied Flycatcher – 1
Blackcap – 2
Bramblings - 5

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1
Whooper Swan – 6 in off the sea

South Dell
Yellow-browed Warbler – 2
Garden Warbler – 1


Senior Member
Still at least 1 y-b warbler, 2 blackcaps, a willow warbler and 2 brambling in my garden. Also 6 whoopers S over Bornish this morning and 48 SE over Loch Eynort (flocks of 12 & 27) late afternoon.

cheers, Andrew