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.
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.
The annual bird report for Highland for the year 2016 has just been published by Highland Branch SOC. Many of the records contained in this website are included in the report. Sean Morris from Rum wrote the Lochaber summary in the report and ‘yours truly’ wrote the Skye and Lochalsh summary. Several colour images have been reproduced and include several from Bob and Martin Benson. I have a small number of copies available at £9, otherwise contact Highland Branch SOC at www.highlandbirds.scot.