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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.
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.