• 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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So, how are the Outer Hebs doing in the Patchwork Challenge Islands league? Here is the league table up to and including birds added by 1st April. @Bruce romping ahead with both his patches ahead of all the other OH patches, but his Barra North patch is doing amazingly well with 127 points from 89 species. I just overtook Tristan but i'm pretty sure that won't last long. And @Bill Neill - you need to update your sightings as i'm pretty sure you are on more than 25 species just now :)

I guess @MisterT, Bill and I are really lucky that while we were under "stay at home" lockdown (that we were released from on the 24th March) we were able to just walk from home onto the patch and that the patch also covers our garden.



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Always a good day when you add three to the patch list!

87. Gadwall - a male was on Loch Hallan
88. Whimbrel - up to 20 on Askernish machair and beach
89. Swallow - 3 along the dune edge along with the many Sand Martins



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91. Marsh Harrier - over Loch Hallan early afternoon getting mobbed by everything in sight!
92. Brambling - ringed in the garden this afternoon.
93. House Martin - several around the house late evening.