• 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

    New - now available as an ebook

Surveys International Swan Census 2020 - January 11th/12th


OH Bird Recorder
Whooper Swans

Thanks go to the many volunteer counters for the information. Your efforts, particularly in the current weather conditions are much appreciated!

  • 6 on Loch Tangasdale

South Uist
  • Smerclate to Daliburgh, 2 on Loch Hallan
  • Loch na Liana Moire, Frobost - 1
  • Loch Aird an Sgairbh, Milton - 7
  • 151 birds in total, from Howmore to Bornish, most were on the flooded north bit of Bornish machair and Ormiclate.
  • Lochs Grogarry, Stilligarry and Druidibeg were counted but I don't have the exact figures yet.
  • Loch Bee 20
  • Loch an Os - 6
  • Small loch near the South Ford 6 birds

  • Coot Loch, Lochs Mor and Fada were covered but I don't have the figures to hand
  • Loch Stiapabhat, Ness 4
  • Loch na Duine, Aird 5
  • Back Pools was going to be counted but I have no figures yet.
Great coverage considering there aren't too many of us here! :)

Family group of Whoopers today