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 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.