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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.


Winter trip to Catalonia

22nd January 2018

With a granddaughter in Barcelona where Three Kings Day is celebrated more than Christmas, we were keen to join the festivities, hence an early January visit to family.  We also managed 5 days away north to San Pere Pescador, and an opportunity to visit Aiguamolls, which has become a favourite reserve, as well as some of the other local sites of interest.  Most of the tourist spots are quiet at this time of the year and we enjoyed temps ranging from 12 to 19 and what rain which did fall was mainly at night.  A trip to Cap de Creus gave me an opportunity to search for Yelkuan Shearwater, a lifer for me although the views were distant.  We explored the ricefields near Pals, another reserve, though with limited facilities.  However three Bluethroats were a real bonus, and on a second visit, we managed to locate a wintering Lesser Yellowlegs, an american vagrant well off track (see image).  The best bird at Aiguamolls was a juvenile Bonelli's Eagle which caused bedlam amongst the waterfowl.  A selection of images are in the Gallery.

Highland Bird Report 2017

Published by Highland Branch of the SOC, the 2017 report is now available at a cost of £9.  The report extends to 180 pages and contains a Skye and Lochalsh year summary provided by yours truly.  There are also several images in the publication from Martin Benson and myself. 

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