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Following last year’s exceptionally poor numbers, there was some recovery in 2014 with probably six territorial pairs in the study area. Another immature male also held a territory. At least five pairs nested and hatched young but two of these subsequently failed, and predation by red fox was a factor in at least one of the failures. The remaining three pairs successfully fledged at least ten young. One pair fledged five young which although recorded previously on Skye, is a rare event. It appeared to have been a good year for voles so this probably assisted breeding success, and the dry spring enabled birds to breed earlier than normal. Unfortunately numbers remain about 50% below their peak of several years ago. A pair may also have bred again in Lochalsh but precise details are unknown.
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.