• 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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Patch Birding Yvonne's Patchwork Challenge 2021


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A fab day out on the patch twice today, first thing this morning as soon as it was getting light and late afternoon. Ended the day on 42 species.

1. Blackbird - first bird on the list for 2021 :)
2. Tufted Duck
3. Greylag Goose
4. Starling
5. House Sparrow
6. Goldfinch
7. Rock Dove
8. Raven
9. Song Thrush
10. Buzzard
11. Golden Plover
12. Curlew
13. Turnstone
14. Herring Gull
15. Purple Sandpiper
16. Shag
17. Eider
18. Red-breasted Merganser
19. Redwing
20. Skylark
21. Lapwing
22. Twite
23. Whooper Swan
24. Mallard
25. Goldeneye
26. Teal
27. Mute Swan
28. Wigeon
29. Little Grebe
30. Oystercatcher
31. Ringed Plover
32. Sanderling
33. Great Black-backed Gull
34. Red-throated Diver
35. Great Northern Diver
36. Greenfinch
37. Bar-tailed Godwit
38. Long-tailed Duck
39. Dunnock
40. Chaffinch
41. Common Gull
42. Cormorant


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A morning walk on the patch brought me a few new species :) Chatted over the fence with @Bill Neill on my way back, he'd had Water Rail in his garden.

44. White-tailed Eagle (being mobbed by a Raven)
45. Rock Pipit
46. Hen Harrier
47. Robin (in the garden this afternoon)


Looking from the patch towards Ben Mor


Askernish beach looking towards Barra. Even though it was just at the back of 10am the sun hadn't risen very high in the sky.


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65. Black-throated Diver (just offshore)
66. Green-winged Teal - drake on Loch Hallan, we had taken the scenic route to the Co-op via the machair and ran into Martin G who had just found this - a cminute before he'd phoned my mobile and said "is that you just driving over the machair towards Hallan?" :D A patch first!