The closest land mass to us on the western side of the island is America and given our propensity for westerly gales, you can imagine some of the rarities that are blown ashore.

Apart from the waders and raptors, our main claim to fame is that we hold the largest breeding density of the Corncrake in the United Kingdom. Although it is difficult to actually spot a Corncrake, it is almost impossible not to hear one between May and August.

The Balranald Nature Reserve is situated at North Uist which is a 20 minute drive away.

One publication is a must for visitors and that is the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) Bird Report 2015 which is obtainable from Beaufort Press.

You should also invest in the OS Sheets covering the 3 Islands which can be used in conjunction with the Bird Report.

We can also offer a warm welcome to birders whether experienced or inexperienced.We can offer you a fairly easy lifetime tick with our own Song Thrush (Turdus Philomelos hebridensis) which is more common than its mainland cousin. Raptors such as Golden Eagles, White-tailed Sea Eagle, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Merlin are not uncommon and our major hand is in the wader department.
 

Recommended Reading:

Bird Watching in the Outer Hebrides; An illustrated guide to the bird life of the Outer Hebrides with a selection of the best bird watching localities. By Peter Cunningham, Tim Dix and Philip Snow; Published by: Saker Press 1995

Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) Bird Report 1998; Edited by Brian Rabbitts. Published by: Beaufort Press, Glencaple, Dumfries DG1 4RD