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The Skye-Birds Blog

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.

Over the sea to Skye

2nd November 2018
Whilst the recent westerly winds and driving rain seemed relentless, from a birding perspective bad weather can produce the occasional bonus.  American birds will sometimes be blown across the Atlantic and regularly make landfall in the western isles.  Birds occasionally penetrate as far as Skye so we were delighted to welcome a Lesser Yellowlegs to Broadford Bay.  This is a wading bird which breeds in Canada and normally winters in the southern states of the USA, Mexico and Central America.  Though it’s bigger relative the Greater Yellowlegs has been recorded in Skye and Lochalsh, this the first time the Lesser has been recorded here, and only the 3rd time in the Highland recording area.  It’s now been around for several weeks and is looking very comfortable in its winter home, largely ignoring the many visitors who have come to see it.  An ill wind sometimes blows some good.

Skye Birds - an update

 Sleat Community Trust Environmental Group are hosting the above illustrated talk at An Crubh, Sleat, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st November, 2018 - all welcome

Highland Bird Report 2016

 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

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