Areas covered:

Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) including the following outlying islands: North Rona (HW8132), Sula Sgeir (HW6230), Flannan Isles (NA7246), St Kilda (the term refers to all islands and stacks in the group, NF0999), Causamul (NF6670) and Monach Islands (NF6262).

Local recorder for the area:

Yvonne Benting

Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5SY

07501 332803

Record submission:

For all records of birds in the Outer Hebrides, BirdTrack the online bird recording system operated by the BTO, is the preferred option. Alternatively a downloadable spreadsheet or an online submissions form are available on the Outer Hebrides Birds website.

Emails to will also be well received.

For rare birds, (i.e. all BBRC, SBRC and OHRC species requiring a description) an email, phone call or text  to the recorder in the first instance would be appreciated.

Outer Hebrides Bird Report


Yvonne Benting

Published by:

Outer Hebrides Birds

Latest issue:

2017, A5, 197pp. ISSN 2631-6560. This volume, number 15, contains a summary of sightings for 2017 throughout the Outer Hebrides and the outliers, including St. Kilda.


£10 including p&p

Available from:

Buy online at: Outer Hebrides Birds Book Shop or contact Outer Hebrides Birds, Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5SY. Tel: 07501 332803. Cheques made payable to “Outer Hebrides Birds”. 

First published:


Back issues:

Limited stock of 2008-10, 2005-06 and 2003-04 are available.

Back issues available from:

Buy online at Outer Hebrides Birds Book Shop or contact Outer Hebrides Birds, Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5SY. Email Tel: 07501 332803. Cheques made payable to "Outer Hebrides Birds"

The following Outer Hebrides Bird Reports are now out of stock: 2014-2016, 2011-13, 2007, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997 (with 1992-96 additions), 1991, 1989-90.

Outer Hebrides Bird Records Committee:


Members: Brian Rabbitts, John Kemp, James Siddle, Andrew Stevenson and Bruce Taylor with Yvonne Benting as non-voting secretary.

Species that the committee considers:

OHRC reserve the right to seek additional details of other records deemed exceptional, for example, date, location, number. A description is required for species not on any rarities/records committee lists and occurring for the first time in the Outer Hebrides. Note that *Great Shearwater is a Scottish rarity but is assessed by OHRC.

Snow Goose, Bewick’s Swan, Tundra Bean Goose, Taiga Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose (nominate albifrons only), Egyptian Goose, Mandarin Duck, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ferruginous Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Surf Scoter (♂/immature only), Smew, Ruddy Duck, White-billed Diver, *Great Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Great White Egret, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Black-necked Grebe, Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Goshawk, Rough-legged Buzzard, Hobby, Crane, Avocet, American Golden Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Temminck’s Stint, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Black Tern, Roseate Tern, Sabine’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Stock Dove, Barn Owl, Bee-eater, Nightjar, Wryneck, Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Chough, Firecrest, Shore Lark, Pallas’s Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Bluethroat, Richards’s Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Water Pipit, Common Rosefinch, Yellowhammer, Little Bunting

Scottish rarities (ie those in capitals on the SBRC List) should also be sent to the Recorder, who will forward them to SBRC.

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