• 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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OHRC Recent OHRC decisions


OH Bird Recorder
Records of local rarities recently considered by the Outer Hebrides Records Committee (OHRC). You will see from the dates of some of the records that we are currently chasing up descriptions for local rarities so that they can be included in the 2014-16 bird report which is currently in the early stages of editing.

Rough-legged Buzzard - The Butt, Isle of Lewis - October 2014 - Accepted

Icterine Warbler - Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis - June 2014 - Accepted (5th spring record for OH)

Stock Dove - Nunton, Benbecula - October 2014 - Accepted

Stock Dove - Loch Stiapabhat, Isle of Lewis - April 2014 - Accepted

Mediterranean Gull - Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis - September 2014 - Accepted

Golden Oriole - South Glendale, South Uist - July 2015 - Accepted

Sabine's Gull
(4) - Rubha Ardvule, South Uist - Aug & Sept 2017 - Accepted

Stock Dove (2) - Losgaintir, Isle of Harris, June 2014 - Not Proven

Great Shearwater - The Butt, Isle of Lewis - September 2014 - Accepted