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Although there have been occasional reports of Black-throated Divers breeding on Skye, none of these have been confirmed, and as far as we can establish the last report was in 1987, when an adult and two young were reported at a site. Summering birds were reported during recent Atlas fieldwork, and a pair with a single small young were discovered on a Skye loch in July. The young bird was fully feathered during a recent visit and we are confident that it has fledged successfully. As this is a species which is vulnerable to a number of threats including disturbance the breeding location is being kept confidential.
RC & RMcM
Skye and Lochalsh have 16 established White-tailed Eagle territories, two of which were confirmed as attempting to breed for the first time in 2013.
Thirteen pairs of White-tailed Eagles were confirmed as attempting to breed and despite the wet and windy weather during the incubation period, 10 of these were successful. In total, 14 chicks fledged.
Luckily, the moor burning in the spring did not cause any breeding attempts to fail but some burns were worryingly close to eyries. Human disturbance remains a threat to White-tailed Eagle breeding attempts with evidence recorded of birds being disturbed at nest sites during the season.
All in all, it has been a good season for White-tailed Eagles in the area. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their contributions to the monitoring of White-tailed Eagles and for their assistance in my work this season. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable season
S. Harris 2013
S. Harris 2013
Phil Knott is giving a talk on the Moths and Butterflies of Skye at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th March in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, on behalf of Sleat Community Trust Environment Group - all welcome
The Highland Bird Report 2014, published by Highland Branch of the SOC has just been published. The majority of the records submitted to this website are forwarded for compilation into this report, which represents all the records which have been accepted as occurring in the Highland recording area. Skye and Lochalsh district is part of this region and the report contains a summary of the highlights for the district. There is also a summary of records from Lochaber which includes the Small Isles. Sean Morris from Rum has compiled this summary and we regularly carry records from the Small Isles and Morar. Please contact me if you need a copy as I have a few available at £9 or £11 including postage.