May is often a time for unusual records and it is worthwhile explaining the processes involved in dealing with rarities. Species such as Black Stork or Broad-billed Sandpiper, both recorded in 2010, go to the British Birds Rarities Committee. Species such as Black Kite and Rough-legged Buzzard, also reported in 2010, require a description to the Scottish Birds Record Committee. Species such as Nuthatch, because of their local rarity, are dealt with by the Highland Records Committee.
Other species may be rare on Skye such as Crested Tit or Wryneck, which may not require a written description to any committee but which may need a few questions to be answered. In every case it is important to take notes at the time and if at all possible take even a poor photograph. Where descriptions are asked for and not submitted the reports will remain as such, and not become official records. Whilst this all may seem a bit bureaucratic, please dont be sensitive if you are asked a few questions following reports of rare or unusual species. The rules apply to everyone, both novices and experienced birders, and I am always happy to help and give advice.
Identification and survey techniques for farm and croft birds at Drumbuie - 7.30am - 10am, followed by coffee and cake in Erbusaig ...and, a bacon roll if you're lucky! Led by Bob McMillan - meet at the Station Car Park
A great opportunity to visit the National Trust for Scotland owned Isle of Canna. Visit the Small Isle that has it all... unsurpassed views to the other Small Isles, Skye and the Western Isles, incredible wildlife and a rich cultural heritage. Sailing from Armadale onboard the ‘Western Isles’ Saturday 15th of June 2013 8.15am-6.00pm £25 (children £12) NON-MEMBERS WELCOME . Information & booking forms from the SW Ross Field Club Meetings Secretary: Rule Anderson, National Trust for Scotland, Kintail & Morvich, IV40 8HQ.
Tel: 01599 511231 E-mail: www.swrfc.org.uk
The Highland Bird Report for 2009 has just been published. Produced by the Highland Branch of the SOC the reports contains records of the 225 species recorded in the region in 2009. Three species were recorded for the first time - Red-rumped Swallow, River Warbler, and Sandhill Crane. There are 150 pages, with regional summaries (including Skye and Lochalsh), and a number of colour photographs. The website holds a small number of copies which are available at a cost of £8 ....or £10 including postage.