The year 2011 is winding to a close and it is an opportunity to wish everyone the compliments of the season and to thank them for their ongoing interest and support. The site was re-designed in 2011 and now seems to have bedded down though we still have a few areas to work on - included the search facility. The Gallery has also expanded and many of the images are drawing very favourable comments. Traffic to the site remains fairly constant and has peaked at around 2000 unique visitors a month, with 95% of visitors from the UK. All records received are fed into the Highland Recorder, and on into Highland and National databases. 2011 was the final year of the 4 year BTO Atlas project, and as Skye co-ordinator, the final loose ends are now being tied up. The year will be remembered for some outstanding records. The Glendale Crested Tit remained to the spring and seemed to leave us via Broadford and Ord. The Carr Brae Nuthatch put in a couple of appearances in spring before disappearing. Other highlights were Bee Eater at Ord, Black Redstart at Ellishadder, Little Egret and Grey Phalarope at Broadford Bay,and another Little Egret at Luib. There were a couple of red-necked with a Grebe in Broadford Bay and a pair of Phalaropes of Rubha Hunish. At nearby Morar and Mallaig there was a Black-headed Bunting and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Bird of the year....and missed by most of us....was a Red-rumped Swallow at Talisker, possibly from a rare sub-species which would be a first for Britain. However, its not all about rarities so keep these records and photographs coming in. Lets hope 2012 will be another bumper year.
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.