This page features current news and views from Skye and elsewhere. It will also provide an opportunity for others working locally to report research and results.
All of the records which are reported to this website are now entered on Birdtrack and used for consideration of inclusion in the annual Highland Bird Report. In 2015 some 155,000 records were considered for inclusion so it is understandable that all cannot be published. A group of us compile this, all under the auspices of the Highland Branch of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC), so your records are put to good use. The cover photograph for this years report is an Ivory Gull which wintered at Uig, found by Martin Lumb, and was seen by many local and visiting birders. There is also a summary of the birds found in Skye and Lochalsh compiled by yours truly. I have a few copies which are available locally at £9. Otherwise details can be found at www.highlandbirds.scot.
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.